Water weight loss diet the most dangerous ever – nutritionists

Water fasting, a new fad that bans pretty much everything except the aforementioned liquid, tea and coffee has been slammed by nutritionists.

It has become hugely popular on social media and runs on the hashtag #waterfast with participants sharing their progress.

There are positive benefits that are listed and attributed to water fasting, especially the five day one.

These according to waterbenefitshealth.com include:

  • Healthier looking skin
  • More energy
  • Reduction of G.I. issues (gas, bloating, irritation, constipation)
  • Decreased cravings for sugar and processed food
  • Enhanced mood
  • Reduction in high blood pressure
  • Improvements in symptoms of type II diabetes
  • Weight loss and treatment of obesity
  • Pain relief from joint inflammation issues, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Clearer skin and healing of eczema and psoriasis.

But critics say this is the “most dangerous diet ever” and eating disorder expert Joanne Labiner has likened water fasting to anorexia.

It can be so bad for your organs. That’s why people with anorexia can die of a heart attack. Their body feeds on their heart.

Our body thinks it’s an emergency and tries to prevent that fat storage from being used up, and it feeds on the muscle.

Also because you are not taking calories you feel tired a lot of the time.

There are emotional and mental issues also associated with water fasting with many expressing difficult memories from the experience.

It is also said there will be increase in saturated fat.

One Green Planet extends:

Extended fasting can lead to electrolyte imbalance, thinning hair, as well as the downy hair associated with eating disorders. Prolonged fasting can also result in cardiac arrhythmia, renal failure, and starvation leading to death. Fasting while taking medications can cause dangerous complications.

So, well, erm, what do you think?

Are you doing the water fasting? What has your experience been? Share your thoughts below.