What is Dry Fasting And How Effective is it in Losing Weight?

What is Dry Fasting And How Effective is it in Losing Weight?
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Intermittent fasting has only gained popularity as a method for losing weight in the past decade. It is the most popular fasting pattern among weight watchers and fitness enthusiasts. Dry fasting is just an extreme version of fasting that involves restricting food as well as water. This diet is claimed to aid in weight loss and build Immunity and mental health improvement, according to the Times of India.

What is the difference between dry and intermittent fasting?

In intermittent fasting, you are allowed to consume fluids that do not contain calories during the fasting phase, such as water, diluted apple cider vinegar, coffee without sugar, and skimmed milk. Although this type of fasting is extreme and dangerous, some experts vouch for this type of fasting for additional health benefits.

Types of dry fasting

Dry fasting can be easily done through intermittent fasting, alternate day fasting or periodic fasting, in general, dry fasting consists of two types - soft fast dry and fast dry dry.

Fast dry fasting: In this type it is allowed to use water to brush their teeth, shower and wash their faces.

Severe dehydration fasting: In this type of fasting, water is not allowed at all.

How does dry fasting work?

It is said that during dry fasting when the body does not get water it starts burning fats to generate energy, the lack of water in the body puts it under stress and it starts to use every available source of energy accessible to keep the internal system going.

Dry fasting can help strengthen the immune system by removing damaged cells, allowing the body to regenerate new cells.

Besides, frequent fasting can reduce inflammation, promote healthy skin, and improve inner awareness.

Side effects of dry fasting

Staying in a dry fasting state for a long time has been linked to some side effects. If you stay fasted too long or often, you may experience:

Fatigue: If there is not enough fuel in the body, you may feel tired, dizzy and weak.

Constant hunger: Avoiding both food and water can make you feel more hungry and you may end up eating more food than usual.

Irritability: During the dry fasting state, you may feel cranky and have extreme mood swings, on top of that, your concentration level will drop.

Headache: Restricting nutrients, especially carbohydrates, can lead to headaches.

In extreme cases and due to prolonged fasting, a person may also suffer from seizures, swelling in the brain, heat injury and even kidney failure.

Who can and who can not dry fasting?

People with any type of pre-existing ailment should strictly avoid dry fasting, and even pregnant and breastfeeding women are advised not to try this type of fasting.

A healthy individual should also seek the opinion of a nutritionist before trying the dry fasting method.