I've pulled a lot of all-nighters already in the first semester, and in November had mostly nights where I got 4-5 hours of sleep. Did not eat as well as I could. Consequently, when I came home I found that I was 10 pounds underweight.
Just read your second post on the fruit juice and vegetable juice fast, taken with supplements live ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and brewers yeast. I have actually done this twice in my life. You are right, your body feels awesome after you finish the fast. You do learn to deal with the hunger after a few days. However, I don't think this diet is a good way of losing weight once a month (we did it for a liver cleansing).
You skip dinner half the time and FAST on juice for a week every month? How the hell is that health? Sure you can eat whatever you want when you starve yourself for a week each month.
It's typically not sustainable weight loss. After this diet your metabolism can crashed and your body can go into starvation mode. Often you will gain a lot of the weight right back once you get off of this. You can even end up burning a lot of muscle tissue. When you want to lose weight, itís important that you donít lose muscle mass. You can simply become a more flabby and skinnier version of yourself. An average individual who wants to maintain a steady diet and a healthy weight would be better off focusing their time and energy on a healthy diet and sensible eating habits and exercise. Here is an interesting article I read on the subject; "When subjected to a fast, the body burns up stored carbohydrates within 24 hours and then switches to using fat as its energy source. This may sound like a dream to a dieter, but in reality it's not good for the body. Why? Because red blood cells as well as the cells of the brain and central nervous system need carbohydrates to function. Some of these cells can use a byproduct of fat called ketones for energy but it's typically insufficient. The body starts breaking down muscle proteins to make glucose (a carbohydrate)"As the fast progresses you will lose muscle mass, and if it continues for a long time, you could lose brain and heart tissue." http://diets.aol.com/dietbasics/juice-fasting-master-cleanse-effects
No I have not, SunDevil. I have only tried the liver cleansing fast twice, and both times it was a 72 hour fast on juices and vitamins/minerals. I will check it out. Sounds interesting, and I enjoy discussing health/fitness.Landrover06, the article I posted is not about a water fast. Did you read the article? It talks about juice diets. I agree there are definitely some health benefits, but there are also lots of drawbacks.