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Fasting Weight Loss Rates

The main benefit offered by a fast, to those who wish to lose weight is the speed of the weight loss. To see a person drop 30-to-40 pounds in a 30-day juice fast is to see a person totally transform his life. Self-esteem is given a boost and for the first time in their life, discipline becomes a lifestyle. The fast becomes a catalyst for a total life overhaul. People lose more that weight they can lose 100 lbs of emotional baggage and distorted toxic thinking.  People start dressing better, showing more confidence, becoming more organized, more dedicated in relationships and more at peace. Old passions and dreams are rekindled.  Completing a 30 day juice fast can awaken a new life and a new you.

Dry Fasting Weight Loss Rates

Fasting weight loss rates are highest with dry fasting. Using an enema then dry fasting for 2 days can drop, 8 lbs. from the colon, 5 lbs. in water and 2 lbs. in body fat. The detoxification is powerful and you can feel health surging through your body as soon as you go back to juicing but the weight loss is really only 2 lbs.

Fasting Weight Loss Rates Using an Enema

The rate of weight loss is always more when using an enema. Anything in the colon such as the pulp from juice will be used for calories. When the colon is empty there is also a reduction in bulk that flattens the stomach. This weight loss from have an empty colon is not permanent.

Fasting Weight Loss Rates Vary According to Metabolism

The slower your metabolism is, the slower the weight loss. I have seen a person lose over 100 lbs. on a 44 day juice fast and another person lose as little as 4 lbs on a 10 day water fast, and they were walking 5 miles a day without any fatigue.

Weight Loss Rates Reduce as the Fast Continues

Initially, weight loss can be as high as three-to-four pounds per day, but as the fast continues, the average loss can be one pound or even as low as 1/2 lb per-day. If you are juice fasting and not losing weight, the juice is supplying all the calories you need. You may have to cut down on the juices or alternate between water fasting and juice fasting to increase weight loss.

Body Fat vs. Nutritional Fat

A gram of fat contains 9 calories. At 454 grams in a pound, and 9 x 454 = 4086 calories per pound   Body body fat, or adipose tissue, contains not only fat, but also other substances including protein, connective tissue, and water.

Looking at it another way, 3,500 / 454 = 7.7 calories. Thus a gram of body fat contains only 7.7 calories versus the 9 calories found in pure fat. It’s easy to see that there should be a difference when you consider that body fat contains water, which has no calories.

Because of the differences in the two types of fat, it is appropriate to use the 3500 calories per pound figure when discussing fat “burned” by activity, and the 9 calories per gram figure when discussing the nutritional content of food.

Unit of Weight Approximate Calories Approximate Kilojoules
Pound 3,500 14,644
Kilogram 7,716 32,284

A pound of body fat equates to approximately 3500 calories. So if you have a calorie deficit of 500 calories (meaning that you burn 500 calories more than you eat each day) you would lose approximately one pound per week:

500 x 7 = 3,500

It’s easy to see that a calorie deficit of 1000 calories would mean that you’d lose approximately two pounds per week. And that’s a good number to remember, because two pounds a week is commonly accepted as the maximum rate of weight loss that is healthy during dieting but juice fasting can safely exceed that rate of weightloss.

Permanent Weight Loss

I encourage everyone to develop life long healthy disciplines such as exercise, periodic juice and water fasting, and a diet high in raw fruits and veggies. With a discipline thought life this possible and the weight loss is permanent. Anything less than that is a band aid. You will do better if you focus on the destination rather than the scale.
When you are new to fasting there is a tremendous excitement and enthusiasm that boosts disciple but it will not last forever.

When that enthusiasm ends, you will naturally regress to your regular patterns of living and if they are unhealthy you lose all the benefits gained by fasting.
Try to stay focused on the healthy things you are doing to improve your life rather than being consumed with the number of pounds lost each day. Water retention can vary your weight five pounds so watching the scale can be frustrating. The best motivation to fast is for physical and spiritual health. Be patient; the fasting process is slow. Be thankful the toxins are leaving your body. Do not have unrealistic expectations. Give your body the time it needs to do the work of cleansing.

Weight Loss Support Books

If you have wrestled with weight gain and feel frustrated, Fasting to Freedom is tool for you to achieve permanent weight loss. You will never regret buying this book. Most people read it over and over again to support them with their fast. If you buy Eating in Freedom you will be able to increase your discipline through some simple techniques that work. Extreme Health Recipes and The Perfect Diet will help you develop a life-long diet that will support your weight loss.

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621 Responses to Fasting Weight Loss Rates

  1. shan says:

    You advised me to do water fast.How many days can i do it?right now im on 4thday juice fast.i lost 3 lbs.right now im 104lbs.height 5.1″.is it ok if i loose too much weight? will i gain back? last time in november i did water fasting for 5 days,juice fasting for 5 days.i did my blood test on 4th day of my waterfast.(i got results like low blood sodium).is it will be problem again?

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi Shan,
      Normal blood results change during a fast. I would not worry about low sodium. Try some sea salt in the juice. 1/2 teaspoon is enough. Thin people normalize very quickly after a fast. This is the best time to exercise as you get excellent results in the increased anaerobic state after a fast.

  2. Rawr says:

    Well, day 5. So far just a LOT of hunger and weakness. Have had a headache here and there, and slight stomache pains, but other than that I am doin fine.

  3. shan says:

    Hai Tom,
    Thanks for ur patience.right now im using some tonic.herbal.(ayurveda).The uses are:this develops the immunity of the body,improves digestion,absorbtion and proper excretion of motion.It purifies the entire blood.regenerates new healthy cells,slows down ageing process,improves complexion,skin glowness etc etc…..can i continue this this the problem for my acidity?
    thanks a lot.

  4. Mary Beth says:

    Hi Tom, I don’t know if you saw my post but can you help me?
    I am breastfeeding my 13 month old. He does eat other food but has a milk allergy so he is limited on what he eats and this has caused him to eat smaller amounts and nurse more than a regular 13 month old. I gained 100lbs during my pregnancy and need it to come off. it is affecting everything, I feel terrible physically as well as emotionally. I did a water fast a few years back for 18 days when I stopped smoking because I gained weight then as well. I lost 60 lbs in that 18 days. (it was soooo hard) I want to water fast again but am afraid toxins will get into my breastmilk and hurt my baby. Is there a way I can do some sort of fast without hurting my baby?

  5. donna says:

    day one fasting, no coffee or tobacco: reason for fast: to detoxify my body from all the bad living and start off in a new direction – caffene and tobacco free. Age 44, female, weight 172.8 no major health problems – need a kick start to reclaiming my health after a bicycle accident 4 years ago, can now go back to my old healthy lifestyle – just need to exit the bad lifestyle I replaced it with while I was recovering and going through some changes. Much water consumed – about 5 liters today-this is what my body wanted, so I let it have what it wanted, some with ground cayenne pepper and fresh lemon juice, some just water, morning/evening water with green food. headache in the afternoon from no coffee or tobacco. light gardening for 2 hours, slept like a rock – soundly and good for 5 hours last night and woke up at 170.0 lbs- usually I sleep bad and have problems getting my sleeping hours normalized. I even woke up when my alarm went off this morning – usually I sleep through it because I sleep so badly. Not hungary all day – just kept drinking water whenever I felt like it.
    I read in previous posts that super food” which is also known as green food is ok on a water fast. I’m picking up a juicer in the next couple of days and interchanging between water and juicing every other week for detox and healing benefits.

  6. JuJu says:

    Hi Tom,
    So for about 3 days I have been eating light with a diet of fruits `n veggies. I`ve decided to start my juice diet today. I was actually thinking about doing a lemonade diet with green tea `n 3 litres of water a day for a strict 20 days. Any thoughts about this?
    `N I was wondering about how much I might lose each day… I weigh 117 lbs standing 5’2″.
    Also, is it ok to workout with Billy`s Bootcamp on this kind of a diet? The workouts are 30-50 mins `n pretty vigorous but with no weights involved.
    Lastly, any pointers for a regular bowel movement during this fast?
    Thanks =]

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi JuJu
      That is close to water fasting so for most of us your energy will very low and any movement is tiring. Juice fasting is better if you want to work out. Green tea is good but too many cups during fasting can cause stomach pain due to the acids in the tea. Forget the concept of a regular bowel movement. Nothing in nothing out. Use an enema or a laxative the day of the fast but do not use them throughout the fast as it will cause the opposite reaction when going back to eating.

  7. JuJu says:

    Hi Tom ^^
    `N thank you for your response~ Anyways i have a question about lemon juice…
    My mom tells me this helps with weight loss…
    Squeezing out the lemon into the glass. Adding honey and warm water, mixing them. Then adding the used lemon piece in the mixture and keeping it overnight… drinking it in the morning.
    My question is, is this really effective for weight loss? And by keeping it overnight, doesn`t the nutrional values of the lemon go away?

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi JuJu
      Grapefruit and lemon are both good for weightloss. Sure you lose some nutritional value but the water would absorb some lemon oil and that may be an active ingredient. Some members of have report increased weightloss by using cayanne pepper.

  8. shan says:

    Hai TOM,
    i think u missed my posting it again.
    05 Jun 2009 at 6:15 am
    Hai Tom,
    Thanks for ur patience.right now im using some tonic.herbal.(ayurveda).The uses are:this develops the immunity of the body,improves digestion,absorbtion and proper excretion of motion.It purifies the entire blood.regenerates new healthy cells,slows down ageing process,improves complexion,skin glowness etc etc…..can i continue this this the problem for my acidity?
    thanks a lot.

    i juice fasted for 4 is my 4th day of water fasting.and also im having mucus like thing.lightly coated with blood.and foam like stools.may i know what is this?
    in 4 days juice fasting i lost 7 pounds.from 4 days water fasting i lost 1 l.b
    im drinking 5 liters of water from last 1 continuing now.but im adding honey,lemon juice.

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi Shan
      Sure the tonic is fine during fasting if it does not bother your stomach. Try it.
      You just release the mucus coating from the intestine and the red could be from beets.
      The coating get glued to the intestinal wall as it is dehydrated mucus and it may have caused a tear when it released.
      If the red color continues that would be a cause for concern.
      Enemas get that stuff out of the body quickly and increases the comfort level of the fast.

  9. JuJu says:

    Hi again Tom =]
    This is my diet…
    1 medium banana, 2 glasses lemon or grapefruit juice, 2 glasses of vegetable drink, 2 cups of green tea, 2.5 L of water each day.
    My question is, should i cut out the banana i eat in the morning for more effective weight loss?
    Also during my 20 days of fasting, can you recommend me how much of water fasting i should go for?
    Currently i weigh 116 lbs standing 5’1″

  10. shan says:

    Hai Tom,
    Thanks a million.if i get the red colour what may be the problem? today is my 5th day of water january i went for the ultrasound(pelvic,abdominal).upper endoscopy,colonoscopy.
    im still getting the acid coming up to my throat

  11. Alecia says:

    I started a water fast yesterday, I admit I did horribly! I had a friend here from out of town so we had some beers. I know TERRIBLE… BUT, I went from 168 even, to 160.9 lbs!!! I am excited! Now, we will have to see how good I do without cheating :)

  12. shan says:

    Hai Tom,
    im doing water is 6th day.i did 4 days juice fast also i got red mucus coating stool.the blood is not out side.but within the mucus.
    in january i went for the ultrasound(pelvic,abdominal).upper endoscopy, i need to go for any tests.
    iam having bloating.

  13. shan says:

    not lot of blood but blood tingled mucus(i dont know is it correct pronounciation).it looking like light pink.
    thanks in advance

  14. shan says:

    Hai Tom,
    thanks a lot.from last 1 following naturecure i started drinking 5 liters of water a eating food with out salt from last 1 taking only natural sodium(they writtened like we need only 280 m.g of sodium per day.)so im taking only natural sodium from food and milk.but right now i want to continue water fast untill my body i need to worry about my sodium taking 5 liters of filtered tap water a day.
    i lost 7 lbs from juice fasting.3 lbs from 6 days of fater current weight is 97lbs.
    in nov i did 5 days juice,5 days water fasting.i checked it on forth sodium level was 131.

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi Shan
      The best source of sodium is sea salt as it has many trace minerals and is good during juice fasting. As your body is breaks down tissue for food the sodium and all cell resources become available to the body. Sodium levels have never been an issue so far with people fasting.

  15. JuJu says:

    It`s my forth day of fasting `n i`m feeling a bit queazy right now `n feel there`s something stuck in my chest… why is this? Do i need to worry?
    The only thing that changed in my daily routine is taking a cold shower today instead of a hot shower which i always do…
    Also i just brushed my teeth tonight, `n already started smelling an hr later -_-

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi JuJu
      Queazy and neausea are common on the first 3 days of water fasting. (not juice fasting) Strange pains are is the body healing old injuries. Tissues that have damage become more sensitive for a while until they heal.

  16. Christina says:

    Hi Tom,
    First of all I’m glad that I bumped into your site cos day after tomorrow is my last day of my 30 days of juice fasting. I have successfully shedded off 17 lbs already. But what worries me is gaining back all that weight… Before the fast I was 118 lbs and today about 100 lbs.
    Anyways I wanted to request you of assessing my plans after my fast…

    Day 1-3 : Banana for breakfast. Peach for lunch. Fruit juice for dinner. (Choosing soft fruits for 3 days)
    Day 4-9 : Banana for breakfast. Bowl of salad for lunch. Fruit juice for dinner.
    Day 10-15 : Vegetable soup for breakfast. Bowl of salad for lunch. Citrus fruit juice for dinner.
    Also, after every meal I am deciding to drink a cup of green tea everyday.

    What do you think of this meal plan??
    And does everyone gain their lost weight back? Do you think I will?
    NOTE : I’m working a part-time job where there’s alot of movement and walking around.

    Thank you for your patience.

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi Christina,
      You can regain weight after the fast if you return to a high calorie diet. If you follow your plan which is excellent, you should continue to lose weight. Try to get some cardio daily where you are out of breath.

  17. Ron says:

    Hi Christina,

    I did the 30 day juice fast. First off, when I broke the fast everything tasted sooooooooo good! I kept saying, “this is the best (anything) I ever ate”! LOL

    I lost about 25lbs during the fast. I gained back about 7lbs. in a week. I seemed to have leveled off now. And my urge to eat everything in sight has passed.

    I’m planning another fast now, and a series of fasts for the future! I want to clean my body out totally of toxins. My tongue was still coated after 30 days of juice fasting!

    I did cure myself of acid reflux and ulcers though. I haven’t felt this good since being a teen! Good luck. Ron

    • femenist says:


      Have you done any subsequent fasts? How did they go? I’m on day one and I want to lose 23 pounds just to be at a regular weight of 113 (only 5’2)…i’ve tried to fast now for 9x and i keep eating like a pig on the weekends–no self control–any advice?

  18. shan says:

    Hai Tom,
    How r u? today is my 8th day of water fasting.i lost 7 lbs from juice fasting.from water fasting iam not losing any weight.early morning im weighing 96 time my weight is 100.which one is correct?im taking 7 ounces of honey daily.
    im having lot of back pain,nerve stiffness in neck area.from yesterday im having dizziness
    thank you for ur patience.

  19. Jerra says:

    Tom –
    I am 30 years old and about 50lbs overweight. I just recently started exercising and feeling better however, no weight has come off. I’ve tried a water fast before and lasted 5 days and then felt extremely light headed and my husband made me eat. I really think I can do it again…any tips for when I hit that 4th or 5th day and feel dizzy? I really want to do just water, but if you recommend juice I’ll take your advice. I have the willpower and I feel ready, just want to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Thanks!

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Light headedness and feeling dizzy can be normal for water fasting. The trick is to get down on one knee if you feel a blackout coming one. Having a small amount a juice per day will increase blood sugar but dizziness can occur on juice fasting also but much less frequently.

  20. shan says:

    12 Jun 2009 at 7:48 am
    Hai Tom,
    How r u? today is my 8th day of water fasting.i lost 7 lbs from juice fasting.from water fasting iam not losing any weight.early morning im weighing 96 time my weight is 100.which one is correct?im taking 7 ounces of honey daily.
    im having lot of back pain,nerve stiffness in neck area.from yesterday im having dizziness
    thank you for ur patience.

  21. Christina says:

    Hi Tom,
    So far my weight is increasing point by point but seems to have stabled and overall I’m doing great.
    Well, I was wondering. I have fasted for 30 days, after how many days of solid food can I start juice fasting again?

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      HI Christina,
      Juice fasting is really a juice diet that can be done for years with the addition of a few supplement like B. So 10 days is fine between juice fasts. I did three juice fasts over 30 day with less than 14 days between fasts.

  22. Jerra says:

    Thank you Tom…I’m on my first full day today :)

  23. shan says:

    Hai Tom,
    Today is my 14th day of far i lost 4 lbs after started water current weight is 96 lbs.yesterday i suffered from nausea,burning sensation in upper abdominal area.dizziness.i vomited yellow colour acid like taste.but still im having dizziness,weakness.
    andi dont know how to break water fast?
    thank you

  24. Cory says:

    Hello tom
    i am thinking on starting a fast i have done a few like my longest was a 5 day water fast for just cleansing and spiritual purposes i work alot i work two jobs on from 7 am to 5pm and then 630pm to midnight i have no time really for workout as much and never really thought of a fast to lose weight but i have done a few fasts and would want to know what you would do in my situation what kind of fast how long i want to lose about 30 – 40 lbs thanks you so much for you time

  25. Ashley says:

    Hi everyone,

    I find this website very insiteful and had a few questions about fasting. Can fasting have a permanent effect on your metabolism? Also, would it be safe to do a water fast while in a backpacking trip?

    just curious, thanks

  26. Lori says:

    I am interested in trying a 3-5 day juice fast for cleansing, detox, and weight loss purposes. My concern is that I do lift weights at least 3 times a week. I hear that while weight training protein is very important, will I be getting enough?


  27. Lori says:

    Thanks Tom. Since this is my first fast I thought it would be good to start with a short (3-5 day) one. I have doing a clean diet to prepare as recommended. My concern is that I have read that the first 3 days are the hardest and often quite miserable. Should I be worried about reflecting on the fast as a bad experience and aim for a longer one to experience the easier days? Again thanks for the help.

  28. tracy says:

    Thanks for a speedy reply Tom , i will try this and let you know how i get on !!
    Of to get myself a juicer !!!
    Tracy x

  29. Lori says:

    Today is day one of my fast. Woke up feeling positive with a little bit of a headache today. I restricited pretty heavily yesterday and lost 3 lbs. I really want to be successful at this fast. I will report later.
    This morning’s weigh in 154 lbs.
    GW from this fast 147 lbs.
    Final GW 130 lbs.

  30. shan says:

    Hai Tom,
    How r u? today is my 18th day of water symptoms reduced a lot.but im still having stools.i vomited yellow bile.may i know what is this? my dizziness is weight is94 tongue is not pink.not white.but still i have neck stiffness(it happens when ever i stressed up).may i know how many days it will take to heal my anxiety completely.its difficult to concentrate in meditation.
    thanks in advance.

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi Shan
      When water fasting is causing intense detox it is is good to add a liter of fresh juice for about 3 days. The juices help in the detox and reduce organ strain. Using the enema will help but you could experience a toxic reaction as the toxins are flushed from your colon into your bloodstream.

  31. Corrina says:

    Hello Tom and all,

    Please help.. I have browsed through some of the posts trying to get some insight on the best way to fast for beginners. Here’s how it all started. I am 5’1″ and weigh 137 lbs., however, though people say I look slim I have “a lot” of cellulite around my stomach (I look 5 months pregnant) and upper thighs. I always feel full yet crave munching and sweets. I know that I have a lot of symptoms of depression and my diet is probably causing it. I never used to have an issue with my weight and was 95 lbs. up until I got pregnant at 23 (I’m now 40), became a stay at home mom and eventually had 3 more kids. With the pregnancies I got very bad Melasma (brown patches on face and skin looks like leather) which has led to low self esteem & probably a factor in the depression. The depression is because I have lost “myself” and have no life outside of the home. I want to get back on track and start putting myself first because I know a better “me” will make it better for everyone around me. The problem is I don’t like a lot of fruits or veggies. I was raised on meat/potatos and like only peas w/dinner. I do like oranges, strawberries, bananas and grapes but that is about as far as it goes (quite basic!). Any and all suggestions would be great. Thanks

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi Corrina,
      Find the juice mixtures that you like. You also need a dramatic diet change as you are not getting the nutrients you need to be healthy. Fasting can be a life-changing transformational experience. Bananas do not juice. You colon can dump stuff after weeks of water fasting. Juice fast first, then go to water and back to juice. Eating salads for a few days before you start will make fasting easier.

    • femenist says:

      Corrina how have you been doing? I can relate to your post! How did the fast go?

  32. Corrina says:

    also, after how many days of a liquid diet whether juice or water can you expect the bowels to be empty? Do you still have bowel movements on liquid diet? curious… thx

  33. Corrina says:

    Thanks Tom,

    Any tips to offer for when the urge of just wanting to eat something happens. I was good all day until I had to make dinner for everyone and it smelled sooo good. I stuck a piece of gum in my mouth and used that as a deterent. Also, I like salads (no dressing though) but don’t often eat them since I repeat them for the next 12 hours.

    Again, thanks for getting back so fast

  34. karenbeard says:

    Hi Tom, couple of questions
    Sunday was the first day of eating after a 35 day fast. I was very good about eating only fruit or vegetable about every two hours. Little bits at a time. I did that on Monday also, until evening when I made the mistake of having a very small sliver of cheese pizza. (boy was it good):-) However I suffered the night. I plan to continue to eat raw vegetable salads and fruits, but am wondering If I can add homemade vegetable soup, whole grain breads and nuts .
    I am even hungrier than I was while fasting, but have noticed when I have even eaten apricots, pears, cantaloupe, grapes, broccoli, I get full of gas. /???

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi Karen
      One of the problems in breaking a fast is the hunger but if you eat to much it causes a sore stomach. It takes more discipline to break a fast than to do a fast.
      You should have boosted you intestinal bacteria. That may be causing the gas. Buy in healthfood store. Veggie soup is good but nuts and grains are a bit heavy and needs to be included about 7 days after a fast.

  35. shan says:

    Hi Tom,
    Thanks for your is my 21st day of current weight is 93 symptoms anxiety,stomach pain reduced a previous temp was 97 after second day of water fasting.right now my temp was 99.4f.after 10 days of water fasting it was 98.from day before yesterday its increasing.may i know why this also i got blood tinged mucus.(i don,t know is it mucus or not.means it look likes fat free milk layer).after starting water fast i got 2,3 times with in 1 was pink it looks like red color.i went for the colonoscopy in january.please reply
    Thanks a lot.

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi Shan
      Assuming you are not having beets in the juice, and the results of the colonoscopy were negative, then blood in the stool is not good. There can be many factors. Mucus in the stool during fasting is normal. Without testing I am guessing. They can test your stool for blood or infection. Is this a juice or water fast? Any supplements? Using the enema yes/no. Any lower stomach pain if you press the abdomen.

  36. shan says:

    Hi Tom,
    I’m water is my 22nd day.i did 4days juice fasted at the supplements i’m using.i dont have any pain right now.before starting water fast i had the stomach pain when pressing my january i went for the colonoscopy,abdominal,pelvic ultrasound.blood,urine using enema daily from the begining.i also have fissures.but they healed after changing my diet,consuming 5 liters of water from last 1 year.

  37. shan says:

    Hai Tom,
    did u checked my previous post on 26th june? today is my 26th day of water fasting(im using honey,lemon juice).my temparature is 97 during the reached 98.6.after 15 days of water fasting.on that day i felt little hungry(i dont even know it is hungry or not?because i felt some burning sensation,gnawing sound.infact im feeling this tipe of hunger almost everyday).i cooked for my son on that day my favorite meal.the smell was so good.i got some saliva in my mouth.after that i drank water with honey,lemon hunger after that so i continued water current weight is 92 far i lost 12lbs with 26 days water ,4days juice friends r saying im in starving afraid.

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi Shan
      At 92 lb after 26 days of water fasting you will be a bone rack. Your normal weight will return very quicky and weightloss will be marginal at this point. As you have no negative effects you are still safe. I did 66 days on juice, small amounts and went down to concentration camp thin, to heal broken heals caused by a fall at work. Looked really bad but the body healed.

  38. shan says:

    Hi Tom,
    Thanks for your reply.i’m not looking like bone rack.but my face is like gaunt. i’m only 5 day is my 31st day of water fast(with lemon juice,7ounces of honey).but i’m having nausea.i don,t know why.and from last 4,5 days,lemon smells making me very sick.and its very difficult to bare sweetness of honey.without honey i’m feeling very weak.and also i don’t want to starve myself.please reply.

  39. shan says:

    Hi Tom,
    some where i read that nausea,dizziness is common symptoms of fasting.and read somewhere in water fasting forum so many people suffered from nausea through out their fasting. what do u think of nausea.every month i get nausea,dizziness around my periods time.yesterday i got my period.(i dont know is that the reason).my weight is now time it is 95.i have loss of appetite problem from 7 yrs because of i want to continue this time till my hungry blackstrap mollases is natural? what about maple syrup.
    thanks a million

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi Shan
      Many teachers of fasting do not regard vomiting as a danger signal, but as a cleansing process. Eventually it stops. For me this is undue suffering. I always recommend juices. You do not have to suffer to heal or fast. It is very rare for a person to report nausea during juice fasting and very common with water fasting. The cause of nausea during is complex. Irregular periods are caused by the toxins affecting hormones production or delivery. Blackstrap molasseses, should be unsulphured. It is cane sugar dehydrated. Maple syrup has less nutrients but is a natural sugar and used in the popular master cleanse.
      Do a search.

  40. shan says:

    Hi Tom,
    Thank u very much for your patience.but juice fasting eliminates stools,dead cells completely?.
    Thank you

  41. Ivy says:

    Hi Tom,

    I have done a 10 day juice fast once before and got some great results out of it, including weight loss and a lot of energy. I was looking to start another but was curious if I could possibly alter it without losing too of the healing benefits of a juice fast. I was hoping to keep dairy in my meal, most particularly nonfat yogurt and and nonfat milk. Just 1-2 servings of both in my day. Would this hinder the fast at all?

    Thank you for your time =)

  42. charity2009 says:

    Hello. I just ran across this site today and found it very interesting. I just decided to fast last night.
    For several various reasons. I used to be a smoker and addicted to caffine. I quite cold turkey about a year ago but since then i have gained about 30 lbs. now weighing about 150.

    I have also noticed my face has been completly broke out and after trying everything I think the weight gain might be responsible.

    My main question is; is it better for me to eat breakfast and then skip the other 2 meals on this “fast.”

    And will a colon cleanse pill substitute the enema…i’ve never had an enema…

    From reading your other comments I’m thinking I should cut out breakfast and stick to juice/or H20 .

    How long would be a good fast for a new-be.


    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi Charity 2009
      Detoxification is flexible. Missing meals and replacing it with juice is great. The most effective is a 30 day juice fasting with periodic water fasting. Easy to do if you do not have compulsive issues.

  43. charity2009 says:

    Thanks for your quick response. I am on day 3 right now.
    I’m doing fine other than headaches from time to time. I’ve been taking asprin which I’m sure is not the greatest choice. I have been taking supplements and vitamins as well. I think the hardest part is “not letting myself give in to what I want” that is really hard. Like quitting smoking though, I’ve found that when you think about giving in–if you just get past that initial thought for like 5 min., your fine. Its all about the discipline. You know–I’m not sure if I have a compulsive issue.
    When I gave up smoking, its like I laid down one habit and picked up another. I’ve always been a really really picky eater and I’ve just in the last year discovered a new love for cooking which has really expanded my appetite. But I think it was becoming like a chain in my life kinda like smoking was.
    I didn’t like it–so I’ve decided to just go with this and see.

    Thanks for your reply again.

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi Charity
      Asprin or Tylenol can be great to get through the intense headaches of the first few days. Most people have some compuslive issues as the North Americian lifestyle is based on addictions. You are past the worst. It should get better from here out.

  44. charity2009 says:

    wow—Tom, I just read your testimony. In case someone on this site is new and doesn’t know, if you click on his name in the blue “Tom Coghill” it will take you to where you can read his testimony and others.
    That is awesome how God brought you out of all of that!
    That really brings out my curiosity–wondering what all God could do for me through fasting.

  45. charity2009 says:

    Well you were right. Tylenol did get me through the first few days and I haven’t had any meds for atleast 3 days!
    I am currently on day 6! I think I have lost around 12lbs. (I haven’t really been keeping track.)
    I still have my moments of headaches and hunger pangs but for the most part I’m doing great! I’m not sure how far I want to continue to. I know I will most assuredly go till pay day–which is 3 more days (fruit is soooo expensive).

    Since I love cooking…I’m trying to just enjoy “cooking” not,
    “cooking & eating” lol
    So I am still cooking for my family–and its not as hard as I thought it would be…I still enjoy it.

  46. Ivy says:


    I was curious, is juice fasting known to make women miss their menstruation due two lack of nutrients? I began my fast about a few days before when my period was supposed to start, and didn’t get it.

    Thanks again for your time.

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi Ivy,
      Yes fasting alters menstration cycles. Toxins being released into the blood can upset hormone levels similar to the impact of stress.
      Usually as the fast continues menstral cramps and pains lower and menstration can be come a minor discomfort.

  47. Ivy says:


    Thank you so much for your fast response. I was very concerned I was doing something wrong. I’m having some problems, my father is a doctor and he was going along with allowing me to fast, but has noticed so much weight loss, a bit of fatigue, and then the change of my cycle that he’s forbidding me to continue, but if you say this is all appropriate outcomes then I will consider continuing. Thanks again so much.


    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi Ivy
      I always recommend juice fasting for younger people. The parents usually are more supportive and there are no blackouts or weakness. Delayed menstruation is very common with fasting in the first week of fasting. I have heard of women that had years if intense pain during menstruation report only minor discomfort but that was after 28 days of juice fasting.

  48. violetlanice says:

    Hey Tom,
    I read this site and was soo interested in it i started my juice fast Monday July 20th and plan to do it for 30 days! I am now on day 4 (thursday) and have a few questions before i continue.

    I am 5’6 and was 185lbs and now down to 172lbs.
    I have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) which i tend to gain weight and when i do its hard to get off.
    I get low blood sugars when i havent eaten in awhile, and i crave sugar and carbs!!!

    I have high cholesterol and diabetes and heart attacks run on my dad’s side of the family!
    So i have decided to take up a vegan lifestyle after my 30 day fast.

    I really want to be at a healthy weight of 130lbs.
    What can i drink or how much should i drink for 30 days to get me to 130 from currently 173.

    As of right now i drink 12-16 oz. of juice in the morning and nite and 12-16oz. water in between.
    Is that too little?

    Thanks soo much! i need answers to help me stay motivated..mind you i LIVED on Mcdonald’s chicken nuggets..i have a bad history with junk food! : )

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi Violetlanice
      If you had keep going on the chicken nugget lifestyle your golden years would be journey of pain. Yes that is perfect amount of juice and water per day. If you get too weak you can increase the juice. Glad to be of support.

  49. comedic says:


    I am on day 5 of my first Juice Fast. Four glasses per day with lots of water. The juicer I bought, Sharper Image Super Juice, makes tasty juice. But it also makes a frothy head on the glass of juice. Its kinda like drinking a beer. Should I strain this head off, I think there is still some pulp in there?

    Also can one substitute a Salt Water Flush, with sea salt and water, to replace an enema?

    Thanks for a great site and the great information. ED

  50. violetlanice says:

    Hey Tom,

    its me is day 6 of my juice fasting and i have lost 17lbs.

    But today i gave in to a banana…i had massive cravings all day (i guess bc this was my first weekend while on the juice diet) and i didnt want to give in to like hot dogs and pizzas (my old habits) so i gave in to a banana..

    Will that disrupt my whole colon being cleansed?

  51. eilla says:

    Hello Tom,

    I am 19 years old and I just started my 30-day Juice Fast woo! Also, I will soon start to take an acne medication Accutane which has Isotretinoin in it. I know the juice fast will cleanse my body from toxins but I was wondering if taking accutane and being on the juice fast will affect or prevent weight loss.


    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi Eilla
      I will also respond on the web.
      Your skin will clear up without the accutane, but it will not affect the fast.
      After the fast do not eat any processed oils or sugars.
      Vitamin E and essential oils will help you skin heal during the fast.

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi Eilla

      Your skin will clear up without the accutaine,
      But it will not affect the fast.
      After the fast do not eat any processed oils or sugars.
      Taking vitamin E and essential oils will help your skin heal.

  52. violetlanice says:

    Hi there Tom

    I have lost 20lbs in all since last Monday July 20th, 2009

    I made a little boo boo though..i was sooo hungry and soo dizzy (from quitting smoking Saturday)
    that i gave in to a pnut butter and jelly sandwich and a handful of fries.

    Is there a way i can get back on track and not have to start over again?

    Should i take a enema kit and cleanse myself out and start back juicing??
    I feel soo bad but feel a little better??

  53. shan says:

    Hi tom,
    How r u? i broke my water fast(honey,lemon juice). in july 12th,at 85 lbs.i was sad,depressed that my hunger didn’t returned.decided i starved my self.went to heart beat was did blood test they said,some low mineral problem(potasium sodium decreased little).my thyroid was little high.2 points.from last 20 days,i took juices,then fruits,salads.later i added avocado,flat bread,i’m having bloating,my appetite is gone completely.before last week i used to get saliva for simple salad.but now my mouth is dry.i don’t feel like eating.i gained 2 pounds,and again my current weight is 85 only.i’m taking 4 liters of water.but i,m having hard stools(i have fissures problem.)please help.

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi Shan
      Bread after fasting causes serious problems. I would go to juice fasting, (with Juicer) for 2 days then salads and fruits for 4.
      Use the enema and probiotics capsules to replace you intestinal bacteria.

  54. shan says:

    Hi Tom,
    How r u? my thyroid level after 5 days (after 38 days water fasting).of re feeding it normal?

  55. wannabehealthy says:

    I am 6’1 266.4lb female 25.

    I started my fast today and its kind of a juice/water fast.

    I am attempting 30 days. i want to lose 10lbss more than my goal, as a cushion for inevitable weight gain once the fast ends. I will not go back to eating processed foods. I did Aitkens diet before and that style of eating only fresh foods works for me. eventually on there u eat fruits, veggies, meat, whole grains. I prefer that tremendously over low fat/ low cal. low fat low cal makes me gain weight and I over eat. I love food in its natural state. I want to eventually eat food that is fesh and splurge occasionally on the bad stuff. But not binge.

    I want to lose 100lbs.

  56. wannabehealthy says:

    Thanks for the friendly welcome! Weight yesterday 266.4, weight today 260.2!!!

    I woke up earlier today. I feel lighter. The only thing is that I think something bit me inside of my nostril because it is sore and leaking liquid. I wonder if it is related to the fast?

    Yesterday I wanted to eat but I wasnt hungry. I read this blog for hours to keep me motivated!!!


    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi Wannabehealthy
      Fasting can cause strange boils pimples or cankers. I had a huge pimple on the end of my nose once, and I had to be on TV. A rare event that I will always remember. When the camera man asked me if I had a good side I said “not today.”
      Consider yourself lucky.

  57. wannabehealthy says:

    update 10 lbs loss so far!!! btw i chew sugar free gum and i know that it may not be acceptable but i can’t have bad breath. Also I drink a fruit smootihie from smoothie king /that has no sugar in it but it has protein. is that allowed? is there a certain day in the fast that you drop a significant amount of weight?

  58. greatjassy84 says:

    Anyone living in Canada looking for a fasting buddy for support? please contact me. I am female, 25 yrs old!

  59. rmcalister says:

    G’day Tom,
    Great site and thanks for your dedication. I am 40. I started at 275lb (125kg). I had a week on juice and then decided to go onto water. I am now on day 9 of water. The first week was not too bad, but I was pretty tired. The last few days have been much better. As I still need to be at work, I can’t afford to be too under the weather. On some days when I get too tired, I just have a teaspoon of honey. No more than two a day. Over the two weeks I have lost around 12kg (26lb) and on the water fast I have lost close to 1kg (2.2lb) a day. However, the last three days I have lost only under 1kg. I feel VERY good. Good stamina and excellent breathing. One of my major aims of the fast was weight loss, so this lack of progress is a little disheartening especially when contrasted with my progress to date. I have done some exercise too.

    I have done a fair bit of reading prior to embarking on this fast. It is my undestanding that on a water fast the body starts looking for dead/dying cells, improperly healed areas, fat and other detritus which could be used for energy. I have always exercised quite a lot and to date I have not noticed any loss in muscle tone. Another thing I have read is that water will be exchanged for oil in the fat cells…..I don’t know what is meant by that, so I am happy to ignore it.

    Perhaps my body has found something else it can use for energy, but I would appreciate some guidance. I am happy to continue on the water fast as I know it will continue to heal the body and I feel OK. But as I said, one of my main aims is weight loss, and staying on a water fast needs a bit of determination, so this hiatus in my progress is a bit of an emotional bump.

    Thanks and Regards

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi rmcalister
      Weightloss can slow down as the fast progresses. There is weightloss from catabolsim but the amount can be small. Some fasters have reported that cyanne pepper increases weightloss. There is a post on the site about it and a site seach will pull it up. Not sure about the amount and frequency but capsules seem to be easier to tolerate. Oil in the fat cells being replaced by water???? I doubt it is true as there would be no loss measured in body fat or weight.

  60. christina24 says:

    Hi there, I’m on day 11 of water fasting.. I’m feeling great and I think my metabolism is slow as it is.. I’m sure this is going to pretty much kill my metabolism. I’m wondering how to rebuild it? I’d really appreciate your input. Thanks a bunch!

  61. eliaregina says:

    Hi Tom, i have all your 4 ebooks and i’ve read all of them. I’ve taken a 7-day juice fasting in 2003 and a 9-day water fasting in 2007. Now I’m on a juice fasting again. I started on sep 02 so today is day 4. I’ve been drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juices with whey protein, colagen and albumin because I swim about 2.000m 3 times a week and I thought it might be good to take these supplements. What’s your opinion? should I add sth else? feeling great, energetic,and not hungry… drinking 250ml juice glass every 2 or 3 hours, for not having hungry pains. Is it enough? tks for the opportunity to share..
    Elia Regina

  62. zeli says:

    Hi Tom,

    I have just finished a 10day water fast that was really tough. I wasn’t aware how toxic i was. I had and eating disorder for 17yrs and 6mths ago finally made it through recovery. I decided to fast to heal my body of all the damage i have put it through. The 10days on water was hard but fantastic. Although i feel as though i needed to extend the fast as i don’t feel i reach the full benefits of fasting. Do you think a 30-40day water fast would heal my body from 17yrs of abuse or should i do juice fasting???
    Any advice would be much appreciated.

  63. Tom Coghill says:
    Tom Coghill

    Hi zeli
    I always recommend starting with juice fasting and doing periods of water fasting. I find juice fasting has more testimonies of healing. Water fasting is more powerful for prayer.

  64. keith101 says:

    Hi Zeli
    Congrats on your 10 day water fast, some people dont even make it past day 1.
    Hope you dont mind me asking your waight, hight, and age, only so i can give you advise,
    Best regards Keith.

    • zeli says:

      Hi Keith,

      Thanks :) I was going to do a 40day Water Fast for all of Nov and 10days of Dec, but i still need to heal my body and Tom recommended Juice Fasting for healing. Anyway whichever way i go i will be doing a 40day fast starting tomorrow. I am not doing this for weight loss as i don’t need it. I had and eating disorder for 17yrs and 6mths ago left the recovery clinic at a very healthy weight that i have maintained since. I am doing this fast for God and to heal my body from all the abuse i have put it through. I am 25yrs old, 165cm tall and 60kgs in weight. Any advice would be great! Thanks Keith


      • zeli says:

        Hi Keith,
        Me again. Just realised that you are starting a 40day water fast on tues. I will be looking forward to reading your posts as i am too going to be on a 40day journey, just 2 days in front of you (i start Nov 1st). Best wishes for your fast.

  65. madeline342 says:

    Hi Tom! How ya doing?!? Ive never done a fasting before! I workout a lot but also eat whatever i want so I never lose any weight Im 5″2 120 lbs Id like to lose 10 lbs pretty quick. I was think at 14day fast. My questions
    Water or Juice?
    & is there anything I need or should be doing while doing this?
    Thank You :O)

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi Madeline342,
      Life is good here in the Philippines. Few bad storms and lots of rain. I always recommend starting out on juice for 2 days before going to water and if you get to weak to function have some juice to get through the day. Sure 10lb sound realistic but weightloss rates vary dramatically depending on metabolism.

  66. keith101 says:

    Hi Madeline
    juice fasting would be the way for you to go for your high energy demands, this will give you the cals, vitimins, carbs, you need, i have a fruit/veg chart on my site page, click on
    Hope this helps you
    Best wishes on your fast Keith. Site Admin.

  67. keith101 says:

    Hi Zeli
    Day 4 for me, the hunger has gone, no problems at all had a slight soar head yesterday thats all, i seem to get really peacefull when i fast, its great lol. iv read that your fasting for spiritual reasons, try and get past 21 days. Then your into the spiritual zone.
    God bless Keith.

  68. madeline342 says:

    Thank you Keith. How much juice should I drink a day?!? Ill probably be on here everyday letting you guys know how Im doing I think it will help a lot! Im starting Sunday!

  69. keith101 says:

    Hi Madeline342
    i need to know how much times you work out at the gym and how long for, your hight and waight,your age, and your target waight loss before i can work out the best juice/vegtable intake, what is your diet like at the moment?
    Best wishes Keith.
    also let me know if you are doing cardio, or waights or both.

  70. madeline342 says:

    Keith I work out about 4 to 5 times a week normally for about 1 & 1/2 hours. Im 23yrs, 5″2 120 lb Id like to my target is to be around 107 – 110 lbs, my diet right now is somewhat good, I eat alot of fruit, chicken,steak i pretty much eat whatever & chocolate is…

  71. Doreen says:

    Hi Tom,

    I’m 5’0 and 189lbs, and I’d like to lose about 45lbs. I started gaining weight after I had my baby 5 years ago. I’ve tried several diets, i start losing weight then I get bored and stop dieting and gain back all the weight I’ve lost.
    And now I’m fed up with my weight but I don’t seem to have the will to get back on diets. I’ve been reading about juice fasts and I’m really interested but I don’t know if I can hold up for 30 days. I have a juicer and I want to start tomorrow but I need examples of juice recipes and I want to know if the juice fast can include any solid fruits or vegetables or is it strictly juices. Are any other kinds of drinks allowed?
    I hope if you don’t mind if I keep updating you for support.

    Please help … and wish me luck!

  72. Doreen says:

    Hey Tom,

    One more question! How frequently should I drink the juices I mean should I drink a juice whenever I feel hungry or should I stick to a breakfast, lunch and dinner schedule?


  73. keith101 says:

    Hi Doreen
    welcome to
    go to my site there are videos on juice fasting there, and also a fruit/vegtable calorie counter there so you know your intake of cals, carbs, click on this link
    Tom is of the site for a few days due to bad weather in the philipines but will be back online soon.
    Best wishes and good luck. Keith. Site Admin.

    • Doreen says:

      Thanks for your prompt reply Keith.

      I tried to purchase one of Tom’s books yesterday, but when it came to the “select your country” part I couldn’t find my country in the list. I’m from Egypt. Is there another way I can make that online purchase?


  74. keith101 says:

    Hi Doreen
    I will email Tom to let him know that your trying to purchase his book, he will get back to you soon,
    Best wishes Keith.

    • Doreen says:

      Hi Keith,

      This is the third day of my juice fast .. and I’m actually feeling fine. I feel light and my energy levels are a bit higher. I’ve lost a little over 6lbs. I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep it up for thirty days. I’m taking it one day at a time. I’m just not sure if my juice intake is alright or too little. How can I figure out the right amount of juice I should have per day.

  75. madeline342 says:

    Thank you Keith!! :O) I bought tons of fresh fruit this morning im actually excited to do this!!

  76. keith101 says:

    Hi Madeline
    As I have said watch your carb intake, you will get all the vitimins and minerals, energy from juice/vegtables, i have read into a bodybuilder who is a vegitarian. He looks amazing, fit with 6% fat on him. ultra lean.
    Did you look at my cal, carb, protien page to help you?
    Keep me posted on your progress.
    Best wishes Keith.

  77. keith101 says:

    Hi Doreen
    The calorie intake for a woman is about 1900 a day reduce this if you do not exersise, watch your carb intake, as iv said to lots of people on tis site i have a cal/carb/protine chart on my site so you know your intake click on
    Regards Keith.

  78. Liz says:

    Hi everyone!

    Tom, I hope to get some advice please! I am planning to start fasting for a multitude of reasons. Detoxifying and weightloss are primary, but also to help me break my obsession with comfort eating which I have had from a very young age. I wish I could have access to a juicer, but I work as a medic on a military base, and we kinda eat what we are given. I do however can buy myself plenty of fruit etc. What would you suggest if I cannot juice? I would consider a water fasting if it weren’t for the fact that I am about to embark on a lot of physical training next week after a 6 month period of doing very little following an injury.

    Thank you in advance for your help! You’re a star!


  79. Liz says:

    Hi Tom,

    Thank you so much for your reply. I am training in the UK at the moment. I agree that a fruit diet is suitable – I’ll probably mix that with raw veg and soups too, and eat more when the training is more intense and fast on weekends. We’ll see how it goes!! Thanks for your advice!

    All the best,

    Liz :-)

  80. keith101 says:

    Hi Liz
    Water fasting is a no, no, whilst training, juice is the best way to go, have a look at my site for cal, carb, counting, the average woman should take in 1900 cals a day. but if you are training add 1000 onto your daily intake but you can reduce this for rapid waight loss Liz.
    And Watch the carbs?…..
    If you need any advice on your training then let me know.
    I will help you achieve your goals.
    Blessings Keith.

  81. Liz says:

    Hi Keith, thanks for your reply!

    Don’t worry, I am not training that intensely – I am just taking it slow following an injury that left me unable to train properly for 6 months or so – and I would like to detox the comfort food I stocked up on in that time! I think whilst training is minimal I will do a juice, fruit and veg diet, and once the intense physical training commences I will be back to surviving from ration packs of 3000Kcal a day!

    Thanks for the advice Keith, I will let you know how I get on! Remain blessed! :-)

  82. keith101 says:

    Hi Liz
    Sorry to hear about your injury.
    I was out of training for 2 months bue to a back injury, on the concept2 rower, guess i rowed a bit too far that day LOL
    Try to reduce the cals when you go back to the gym,
    I your looking to get rid of excess weight, then watch the cal carb intake of your fruit/veg fast.
    God Bless Keith.

  83. jcpyburn says:

    Hi, I have been lurking and learning off of this site for nearly a year and I have fasted off and on for the last 9 months or so. I have finally figured out the best ways to fast for me using your website as a guide. I do have a question that I can’t seem to find the answer to. On my last three fasts at a certain point its like I just stop losing weight at all. And I don’t mean losing like 1/2 lb a day I mean staying the same for like 4 days in a row. This happened to me on a juice fast that was a 26 day fast. I only drink one 6 oz glass of juice a day because if I drink more I don’t seem to lose any. The other two were a 10 day water fast and a 14 day water fast. On the ten day fast it was the last two days and on the 14 day fast it was the last 4 days. It almost feels like after a certain day that I can’t lose anymore. I am trying to work my way up to hopefully eventually a 30 day fast but not if I am only going to lose weight for 10 days of it! LOL! What do you think could be causing this? Oh, and actual weight loss on the 26 day was about 12 pounds, the ten day was 15 pounds and I am not sure on the 14 day cause I just broke fast today. These numbers are actual weight loss after I resumed eating normally and my weight stabilized. Thanks for all your help and wonderful advice on this site!!


    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi jcpyburn
      Slow or imperceptible weight loss is a sign of a slow metabolism. As fasting progresses the body utilizes calories more efficiently and for people with a slow metabolism the boy can live on a few hundred calories of fat per day which can equal 30 to 60 grams per day of fat. Most scales will not show that. The solution is cayanne pepper supplements and walking 45 minutes a day to boost metabolism rate.

  84. keith101 says:

    hi jcpyburn
    First things first, tell me your age, hight, waight.
    Sometimes the body adapts to fasting on a regular basis.
    Almost like going to the gym, muscle growth halts,
    on repitition.
    Then you have to shock the muscles into growing, as in changing your rotine? yeah.?
    fasting is a little bit like this.
    Do you go to the gym if not, then why not?
    blessings Keith.

  85. jcpyburn says:


    I am aware that I have a slow metabolism. I have been doing everything I know to boost it. I tried the cayenne pepper supplements but they just gave me the weirdest burning in my stomach so gradually I quit. I am planning on adding walking to my routine as that seems to be the best aerobic exercise I can do with my knees. I will give the cayenne another try and go ahead and start walking.


    I am 35 years old, I weigh approx. 202(down from 296 at the beginning of the year), and am 5′ 5″. I have completely overhauled my eating habits this in every way and started exercising once I lost enough weight that I could. I began doing some weight training at home with free weights and I tried different aerobic types of exercise but I just can’t do it. I have very bad knees(part hereditary and part weight related damage) and have to have something that doesn’t cause jarring movements. I can walk though. I don’t go to a gym because we don’t have the money but I do have the weights and I enjoy it a lot. I am not able to do any exercise when I water fast though because I am so tired. I am not the sit around do nothing kind of person though so I go all day! I have three children I homeschool, run the home, cook, clean, garden, etc… and I also clean my church and participate in our nursing home ministry so I stay busy and it takes all the energy I have on a fast to keep up with all that!!

    Well, I really hope you guys can help me get this figured out so that I can finish losing the weight I want to lose and then maintain. Thanks!


  86. keith101 says:

    Hi jcpyburn
    Its 4am here and just recieved your last message.
    I will leave you a message tomorrow.
    your waight still goes above your hight.
    i will give you some good advice tomoz.
    Maby Rob is online to help you for now.
    Blessings and i will post to you tomoz Keith.

  87. keith101 says:

    Hi Carly
    Well done on your waight loss.
    If you want to do long walks then you can buy cheep knee elastic supports from a chemist, or a sports centre, these will give plenty of support on your knees.
    I would wear them when i did power lifting to give max support to the knees.
    there is pleanty exircises that you can do without using the knees, as in shadow boxing in front of a mirror for half an hour each day then a brisk walk with the supports that i told you about.
    You can buy a cheep exercise ball that comes with exercise programs that you do.
    are you on a water fast at the moment if so how long are you on it for?
    I have a slow metabalisim as i have an under active thyroid which im on levelthyroxin for, but this did not stop me loosing a lot of waight on my 30 day water fast, there is no point in exercising during a water fast its not safe.
    but juice fasting would be ok, what diet are you on when you are eating? let me know and i will help you with that.
    Blessings Keith.

    • jcpyburn says:

      Thanks Keith! I am really feeling and looking a lot better! My knees do ok walking but if I try do things that are repetitive bending and straightening, thats where I run into trouble! I can usually walk for a while without them bothering me with good shoes with support(which I have invested in!) I just broke my water fast on Monday so I am currently still breaking it. I am on an low-fat, low-calorie, high-fiber diet. I try and eat food as close to how they originate as possible. Steamed veggies, fresh fruits, oatmeal, peas and beans. I make my own yogurt to ensure live bacteria and I make it with fat free milk. I only very rarely eat any other meat than chicken breast and fish. I also eat all whole grain and I strictly limit salt and sugar. I take fish oil and flaxseed daily. I mostly drink only water and occasionally drink herbal tea, hot tea, or decaf coffee. These changes have happened step by step very gradually over the last year and I feel a million times better. I can’t say that I never go out and eat a cheeseburger or something but it is usually only every 2 or 3 months and then I feel so awful I remember why I didn’t want another for so long! LOL!

      Tom – I sure wish I did have access to a swimming pool! I love to swim and so do my kids! Maybe someday I will live somewhere where I have free and frequent access!


  88. keith101 says:

    Hi Carly
    Your diet i cant fault.
    Drink green tea in the mornings as this is good for waight loss to.
    Take in slow releasing carbs, but watch the carbs you take in.
    250g carbs a day is the norm, but if you reduce this to the bare minimum then the waight will continue to fall, its a little like the Atkins diet.
    Blessings Keith.
    Think about what i said about buying an exersice ball? the are very cheep and amazing to use, good thing about it that you dont use the knees that much.

  89. keith101 says:

    Anything i can do to help please just ask me, no mater what it is.
    Blessings Keith.

  90. dmargo28 says:

    Hello all!
    My names Dave and I am an average 19 year old teenager whose slightly overweight. I am 5’8 and about 170lbs. I saw that keith101 is doing the fast January 1st of 2010 and would like to inform that I will be doing one also :) I would love to post pictures of me before, during, and after my fast. If there is a place or a website to do it on please let me know guys! I’d love to share my experience with everyone.
    Thanks again,

  91. JJ says:

    I am have question myself and a friend of mine started a fast together this is my third fast that I have done in the past three years. We are on day 6 and my friend has gained 3lbs and is very frustrated Im not sure what is goin on with her..shes not on medication other then birth control, and told me she takes in about 100oz of juice a day along with water…I thought that was too much juice..I dont take in that much, so I detox more. But this being her first I assumed it would make it easier for her. Also would a menstral cycle have anything to do with this process?

    Thanks Jess

    • keith101 says:

      Hi JJ
      Welcome to
      100OZ Would roughly be just short of 6 pints of juice. Yeah that does sound in excess, tell her to reduce her intake and watch the cals, carbs, that she is consuming. with her menstral cycle she can retain water, but i think that her juice/veg fasting intake is way to mutch, what is your intake of juice jess?
      There is a cal, carb counter on my site for you to look at with lots ov videos. Have a look then get back to me and let me know what you think, so i can give you more advice on here. my site is not online yet its only to help with probs on fasting. cilck on
      Best wishes Keith.

  92. JJ says:

    Opps my first question is messed up I meant to say I have..not I am :)

  93. keith101 says:

    Hi Dave
    Welcome to
    You will recieve all the support you need on this site, from Tom site owner, Ron, myself, and others fasting. You are welcome to join me on my water fast on jan. How long are you planning your fast for?
    If you have a cam then you can also post your videos on youtube. I can pull them from there and post them on my site, or if Tom wishes on here.
    Best wishes Keith.

    • dmargo28 says:

      Hello all
      I plan on fasting for 31 days since there is that many days in January. Not exactly sure how I am going to start off yet, whether I choose water first or juice first, but I think I might start off with juice then move to water after a couple days just to get my stomach ready. I do have a cam and I will really take into consideration posting on youtube, but would rather just post pictures at this point. Best Wishes!


      • keith101 says:

        Hi Dmargo28
        Have you fasted before?
        There are quite a few people starting a fast on jan 2010, so this should be interesting.
        I was watching a lady who was overwaight on youtube. After 30 days she looked stunning, she posted again 3 weeks after her fast and looked terrible, she had put most of the waight back on, what i cant understand is why fast to loose waight and look great, then not to follow it on with an exersice program or a healthy diet. This is a point i must get through to others.
        Best wishes Keith.

  94. dmargo28 says:

    Hello everyone
    Yes I did a 10 day fast before and lost about 8lbs. Now im looking to do a longer one for better results. I did keep my 8 lbs off and I know exactly what you mean with that story keith. There is a girl in one of my college classes that weighed 210 then fasted for 20 days and lost 26lbs and she looked a lot better than what she did before. A month later she looked even worse from where she started and it made me think that exact same thing. So your doing just water for 40 days right?

  95. keith101 says:

    Hey dymargo28
    I will have to look into this on “support” on after fasting”. It takes a lot mind power” also self will to see it through, so if there is self will and mind power to complete a 30 day fast, then why do some people fall back in their ways?

    Is the “fast” for all the wrong reasons in the first place? this is something i really need to look into.
    Thank you for your comment on this.
    Regards Keith.

  96. JJ says:

    Day 8 of my juice fast….did my exercise video this morning and I feel reallly weak I may have some more juice than I normally do I usually dont have that much juice but lots of on my day off and want to get alot done..I may be going through a lil session of deeper detox today too.

    Hope all have a great week!


  97. JJ says:


    I have hit a plateau with my rate of weight loss its day three with no loss but on day 11 of my fast is this normal..


    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi JJ,
      The body slows metabolism during a fast and weightloss decreases. It is common and can be frustrating. Cayanne pepper has been proven to increase weightloss during fasting.

      • JJ says:

        Hi Tom

        Puttin Cayenne pepper in my juices…im assuming preferrably veggie juices…I have decreased my juice intake to prolly about 15 ounces and the rest water all day…hoping that will kick start something
        Thanks Jess

  98. JJ says:


    Do I use the actual juice from the pepper or the granular kind


  99. keith101 says:

    Hi JJ
    Yes you can use organic cayeene pepper, also powder form to, its benifits are not only “benificial” to waight loss, it really is widespread to general health.
    these are some of the things cayeene pepper do for “health”
    Reduces weight by improving metabolism
    Fantastic for the heart and venous structure
    Eliminates plaque from the arteries
    Helps heal ulcers
    It is healing to the entire circulatory system
    Aids the peristaltic action in the intestines
    Regards Keith.

  100. keith101 says:

    Your Welcome JJ
    Blessings for christmas Keith.

  101. lauren says:


    I am beginning a 21 day fast on January 11th, along with the rest of my church. I am doing it to get closer to God, and also to lose weight. I am 21 years old, 5’7 and 157 lbs. I am trying to decide whether I am going to start with a juice fast or water fast. I will probably start with a juice fast for the first 3 or 4 days, then do water, then alternate every few days. I suppose it just depends on how energetic I feel on the water fast. As for the pre-fast diet, I have a huge thing of organic spring mix salad from Sams club that I wouldn’t want to go to waste, so I’ll be eating just that as of tomorrow. I’ve been reading this site, and I don’t have any questions so far, but I suppose I’ll post again as soon as I notice physical or spiritual progress or if I have a question.

  102. keith101 says:

    Hi Lauren
    Welcome to
    Good luck to you and your church on your 21 day fast, whether it be water, or juice/veg fasting.
    Blessings Keith.

  103. Jamie95er says:

    Hi everyone! I just joined this forum today and registered because I would like to post comments and share with you my experiences, as you all do here;-). I am not new to fasting, but I am new to ‘juice fasting’. I water fast twice a year, Spring and Autumn, for 28 days. I started a few years ago and I turned vegan ( after my first fast ). I have decided to try a juice fast, starting the 16th of this month ( Jan. ) because doing a water fast would really deprive me of sufficient energy I need to work at my job. From what I’ve read about juicing fasts, some people maintain a good level of energy, but i suppose it all depends on the individual, as well as how toxic they are. I am intending to keep my weight consistently at my ideal weight, which keeps fluctuating up to ten to fifteen pounds more than the weight I feel and do my best. It’s really only been doing this the last few months ( during the holidays ) but when I set a goal, I do my best to achieve it;-D. Thanks for this great forum and website. I will finish my profile next chance I get. I just mainly wanted to say hello right away, and let you know that I am inspired to do a juice fast at the end of this coming week! I appreciate that there are others who are/will be in the same boat as me! One of my first questions on the juice fasting would be, do you drink different juices daily or stay with one or two types of juice each day?

    All the best,

  104. Jamie95er says:

    Hi again,

    I guess I forgot to add that I am female, and 5ft in height. My goal is to steadily maintain what I consider my best and healthiest weight of 95lbs. This means I have 15 lbs to go. I know you all must think that even at 110, that should be considered healthy, but for me, it’s a lot of excess weight to carry around. especially since I am so “compact”, lol!

    My downfall is the bread. I would love to be able to fully wean myself off of it completely at some point because I really don’t feel all that satisfied when I do eat bread anyway. Well, one step at a time I suppose…:-). Or, if anything, only have it with a meal once a week at most.

    At any rate, being able to interact on this forum is very motivating for me! Glad to be here, so that I am able to communicate with others who are fasting. Most of my friends think I’m nuts for going on fasts, let alone, my choice of eating habits because it is so ‘different’ from their own. For the most part, they’ve learned to accept it, but it’s much more enjoyable when I can share the excitement of my results to those who can identify with where I’m coming from:-).

    All the best,

  105. keith101 says:

    Hi jamie
    Welcome to
    yes you can mix your juice/veg in a juicer, there is nothing wrong with drinking differant juices each day, there are some juice recipys on this site, or you can buy one of Toms e-books on health recipes.
    You can also post your progress on the fasting progress reports, page.
    Best wishes on your fasting Keith.

  106. yogagirl2124 says:

    Hi Tom

    I was attempting a 40 day juice fast- spiritually, the last few days have been hectic and emotional, not able to spend any/much time meditating or taking care of me, and really only had juice the first two days. the next four water and coconut water, also a emergen c packet. I have a demanding infant ( not breast feeding) so i get overwhelmed. bottom line, today was day 6- fine until 9pm, the ended up having some rice and split peas. and a snack. I immediately threw up ( not on purpose) my bodys reaction. Is it still ok to carry on tomorrow, just look at this a a bump in road?

    I would like to still carry on and make it 40 days, even with this slip up…is it worth it? beneficial?

    • admin says:

      Hi Yogagirl
      I have blown many a fast and went back to fasting. But if you do not have the self control breaking a long fast can cause serious stomach pains.
      I just uploaded some audios the the page called fasting FAQ. Please give them a listen.

  107. ellabella says:

    Is it possibl tht i can go on a 7 day fast and not loose any weight if im 5’3 156 pounds??

  108. gowelnwa says:

    Hi Tom! and thank you, your website has helped me greatly in my fasts

    I’m in the middle of a 10-day water fast(not my first one, btw).

    I was wondering how to break it, I don’t want any of the fat back, I’ve come up with a menu for the week following my fast, I’m going to eat the healthiest foods I can, I calculated the approximated calories for each day:

    Day 1: 178kcal
    Day 2: 278kcal
    Day 3: 378kcal
    Day 4: 429kcal
    Day 5: 511kcal
    Day 6: 645kcal
    Day 7: 830kcal
    Day 8: 708kcal

    After this, I’ll eat an average of 800-1000kcal for a while, what do you think?

  109. ellabella says:

    can i take diet pills to speed my metabolism or wil this break the fast??

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi Ellabella,
      Diet pills that contain herbal stimulants (example: ephedrine) are bad and worse during fasting. You can lose weight by drinking 20 cups of strong coffee per day but at what price to the body. The lower the bodies immune capacity as the body goes into shock survival mode.

  110. keith101 says:

    Hi Ellabella
    Why would you even think about taking diet pills on a fast?
    Can you tell me the reasons why you would like to fast in the first place, what is your age, hight and weight, any medication you are taking?
    Blessings Keith.

  111. ellabella says:

    to lose weight I wnt to speed my metabolism Iam 5’3 156 pounds iam not on any meds.thanks

  112. amiedear says:

    Hi there,

    I am on day 1 of a water fast. It’s going great so far. Not hungry at all. I am 5’2 and weigh about 130 lbs. I will do the fast for about 12 days. In 15 days I am getting surgery (breast reduction) and I’m wondering if this fast will be harmful to me during my surgery? I don’t know if it will make my blood too thin and that would cause me to bleed more during the surgery. Any thoughts? Also exercising on a water fast? Sometimes I go to a gym 2 hours a day and burn about 1000 calories. If I have the energy during the fast – is it harmful to go?

  113. keith101 says:

    Hi amiedear
    Thank you for your honesty on fasting.
    Tom and I would recommend juice fasting before surgery and also whilst you are working out at the gym.
    Its not harmful to go to the gym on juice/veg fasting,
    Only whilst water fasting this becomes a problem?…
    You can get all the nutrients on a juice/veg fast as opposed to water fasting.

    Water fasting can be of benefit before surgery 2-3 days before surgery, no more no less.
    Hope this helps. Tom can add to my opinion on your query.
    Blessings Keith.

  114. lki56 says:

    Hi Tom.
    Thank you for this very informative and encouraging website. I’m a 56 year old female who, during the past 3 years, has quit a 36 year smoking habit, gained 65 pounds and been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. I’ve completed a few master cleanses, the last one over 2 years ago for 20 days. I very much want to do a water and juice cleanse to release this weight and detoxify my body physically and emotionally. My concern is that, on another fasting website it says that fasting is contraindicated for hyperthyroidism.
    The doctors that I have seen want me to have my thyroid removed or irradiated or, failing that, at least take medication. I want to do none of them but understand that it can be quit dangerous if left untreated for a long time. I would very much appreciate your opinion and guidance with this.

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi Lki56,
      A 30 day juice fasting using a juicer, can have powerful life changing therapeutic results.
      The statement that “fasting is contraindicated for hyperthyroidism” is probably about some water fasting case study.
      If they want it radiated or removed there must medical concern.
      I would do a fast first then if that failed to show improvement the take the thyroid medication.
      Consider supplementation specifically for your thyroid during the fast.

  115. lki56 says:

    Thank you Tom. I will certainly do the juice fast with the supplementation. I really believe that there is a natural alternative to any medication that a doctor might prescribe for hyperthyroid and hopefully fasting will be the solution.
    Do you have any suggestions for supplements or direction to any sites that might have?

  116. Andreea says:

    Hi Tom.
    So I started my juice fasting yesterday and it was going great except today, I was at work from very early until very late, and have cheated…..I ate a banana, some pineapple, an apple, and strawberries (like 2).
    I juiced this morning and will juice when I get home….but is this really horrible? I mean, did I set back my fast and undid the work I have done for the past 2 days? :(

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi Andreea,
      Life is a long series of successes and failures. Feel good about what you did achieve and figure out where you lost your focus. Fasting is like climbing a mountain, it always looms in the distance waiting to be conquered.

    • keith101 says:

      Hi Iki56
      Hi Andreea
      Sorry guys iv not been on the site for a few days, iv been uploading my 40 day water fasting videos on youtube, tomorrow is day 3 on water.

      Iki i have had radio active treatment for a hyper thyroid many years ago, i was on iodine pills before that to control it, to no avail, i now will be on a drug called levelthyroxin for life, the thyroid controls many of the functions in the human body including the central nervous system, be very careful that you make the right choice?

      Andreea Pick yourself up, dust yourself down and try again, its only a blip, focus and stay strong.
      Blessings Keith.

  117. lki56 says:

    Hi Keith.

    Thank you so much for sharing that information. I know that I won’t have my thyroid removed nor will I have radiation. And because of my very strong beliefs in natural and holistic medicine, I probably won’t take medications. Tom recommended a 30 day juice fast with thyroid support supplementation. I’m on day 7 and it’s going fairly well. Detox symptoms haven’t been terrible although the desire to eat sometimes aggravates me. Would you mind telling me what, looking back, you would do now if you could do it over with your thyroid? And thank you again, Keith. I really appreciate your input.


  118. keith101 says:

    Hi lke
    Looking back many years ago, i honeastly wish a took the radio active treatment a lot sooner rather than going through the hell of my thyroid being out of control even when i took the iodine pills to try and control it, sometimes the thyroid is to far goon to be stabilized, it is far easier to control an under active thyroid than an over active one.
    I have been stable now for many years with levelthyroxin.
    Tom is right about the juice fasting and thyroid medication, “BUT” Your thyroid needs to be stabilized first, have you had any beta blockers ?…
    I think i will have to put a page on my site about the thyroid and fasting. I will do that in the next few days.
    Have a look at my baby site and you will see my videos i have posted from youtube on day 3 of my 40 day water fast.
    click on
    Blessings Keith.

  119. lki56 says:

    Hi Keith.

    Thank you for the speedy response. I haven’t had any beta blockers and my strong beliefs about what grief they can cause preclude them as a treatment for me. I have done a bit more research and have found another site that indicates therapeutic fasting for hyperthyroidism…however, it doesn’t say anything about the thyroid’s stability prior to fasting. I think that I read in one of Tom’s earlier posts that a prolonged fast can return the thyroid to normal function. Do you have a different perspective? Thank you for your input.

  120. keith101 says:

    Hi lki
    The thyroid can be stabilized with alternative medicines “BUT” If the doctors are saying that part of your thyroid should be removed, then that tells me that it is to far gone to be stabilized even with iodine pills?
    What is your hearts BPM when you are at rest?
    Over-active means its hyper, so you must have a fast heart rate?
    Blessings Keith.

  121. ana says:


    I have started my 30 days juice fasting on Valentines Day and today is my 26th day. I have never fasted in my life. I was 64 kg in September and not watching the weight for some month i went up to 70kg. It is how I decided to fast. I work out 3-4 times a week for 40 minutes.
    I have used carrots, oranges, grapefruits, pine apple, lime, lemon and etc. First 2 weeks I lost 4kg (66kg), the second week another 1kg, then another 0.6kg. This Sunday, after 3 full weeks I was 64.4. Today is Thursday and I weighed myself, it was 63.9. I guess it is slowed down. My goal is 60-61kg. My 30th day is this Monday; do I eat piece of fruit on my 30th day or the next day?

    Will I lose weight when I break the fast? How many days shall I eat just fruits and vegetables when I break my fast?

    Thank you

  122. keith101 says:

    Hi ana
    Start with pieces of fruit, with smoothies for the first few days then a light salad after that, then you can start back on a healthy diet, weight loss depends on the amount of your juice/veg intake less juice, more weight loss.
    Blessings Keith.

    • ana says:

      Hi Keith,

      Thanks for the reply. I drink around 600ml of juice and around 1.5 litre of water every day. I mix fruits and veg. together, sometimes more fruit, sometimes more veg., Today I was 63.4kg. Sunday is end of my 4th week,29th day. Shall I cut down on juice?
      To be honest I do not know the receipe for smothies, can you give me some ideas?
      I have worked out entire time 3-4 times a week for 40 minutes, I am working as well, so I walk around. I really thought loss would of been more but I guess each body is different, unless I consumed too much juice not knowing that.

      Thank you

  123. ana says:

    Hi everyone.
    I broke my 30 days juice fast today. I started at 70kg and today I was 62.6kg. I had coffee and one glass of fresh juice in the morning for breakfast,then 1 med. apple, some grapes and 1/2 orange. I still drink alot of water. I am planning to have a pear or banana in the afternoon for dinner, maybe some more juice. I am not hungry at all. I will see how I feel in the evening. My goal is 59 kg. I have 3.6kg to work on, but I am planning to loose that more with raw veg. and fruits, healthy diet. I feel very good that I completed the full 30 days. The forth week is the hardest,but I had in mind 30 full days so I went with it. I will add some veg on the 3rd day of breaking the fast. I manage to work out as well, and felt great.
    I will post more results later.

    Thank you,

  124. keith101 says:

    WOW Ana thats nearly 16 lbs, you must feel great!
    Are you planning to go to the gym when you finnish your fast. I am on day 11 of a 40 day water fast, you can look at my dailly videos i have dragged from youtube and posted them on my site click on the link to view them
    Blessings and well done ana. Keith.

    • ana says:

      Thanks for the reply. I actually worked out during the fast. I went to gym 4 times a week for 40 minutes.I always work out.

      I will keep progress posted.

  125. lynn walker says:

    Im starting my fast today (Sunday), and I am neededing to lose about 60 lbs over the next 6 months. I am hoping to get a jump start on the weight loss with a water fast. However, I am more interested in cleansing my body from all the crazy food I’ve been eating in college to gain these last 60 lbs! I feel terrible, so, I know that cleansing will help both my weigh and my insides. I was wondering if I was too lose about 30 or 50 lbs with a 50 day water fast, should I exspect to gain 10 of it back-or if I completly change my lifestyle, exercise, and watch the calories i eat after the fast, could I keep all of it off after I finish the fast?

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi Lynn,
      A 50 day water fast is a serious undertaking that very few achieve. It is like saying I am going on my first climb to the top of everest.
      I think, mmmmm. ” I have heard that before.” The longer the fast the harder is is to break and the easier it is to get out of control.
      Yes you can lose the weight if you make it.
      Slow down and read. Buy a juicer. Try to eat healthy for 3 days. If you cannot do that how do your expect to break your fast correctly when you are hungry with limited digestive capacity.

      • keith101 says:

        Hi Lynn
        I Have been water fasting a few years now and have worked my way up the ladder to achieve a 40 day water fast which i started 17 days ago, this being day 17, trust me when i say you need 100% focus, not many people make it past day 5 never mind 50 days.
        I am really not trying to put you off but set your goals that are realistic, if this is your first fast then juice/veg fasting would benifit you.
        You can loose up to 30-40 lbs in 30 days if you know what you are doing. Read up on the wealth of information on this site before you decide on what you want to do.

        yes you will keep the weight off if you go to the gym once your fast is over, as long as you stick to a healthy diet.

        You can watch my water fasting videos from youtube.
        Click on
        Blessings Keith.

  126. lynn walker says:

    Thank you both for the quick response! I am impressed. Thank you for your comments and advise, however, I’ve had a calling to do this. I am very strong in my faith and I am led in the direction of this water fast. I have been the last three days on a juice fast from oranges, lemons, and grapes. So far I have lost 5 lbs, and it is thrilling and secures my faith in going on the water fast tomorrow. Truth is, I’m not sure if I will last 50 days, but I wont hurt to try. I’ve read this entire site and learned how to fast, what to exspect, and how to break the fast correctly. Thank you both and I will keep you posted!

  127. keith101 says:

    Hi Lynn
    Let me know your age, hight, weight?…
    If this is your first fast then you will feel fear. Its ok to read up on fasting, its putting it together that is the main thing, but if it is what your heart is set on then i will back you 100%

    One important think i have learned about water fasting is take it one day at a time and focus, set a goal, this may be getting to day 7, then reset your goal to another 7 days so forth and so on, instead of setting your mind to the 40-50 days
    Best wishes Keith.

  128. lynn walker says:

    I’m not a bit fearful, I am completly sure that this is what I am to do. But I do agree that I should take it one day at a time, and if at any point in time I feel like I should stop, I will. I am 22 years old and I weigh 160 (since the juice fast) and I’m 5’7. I do not have a set goal weight, rather just a way I would like to look. However, weight is not the only reason I am doing this-I have many reasons. It has been 3 hours on only water so far am im very excited.
    Best wishes as well,

  129. yogagirl2124 says:

    Hi Today is day 31 of my 40 day juice fast. on average I have been drinking 96oz of water, herbal tea a fresh juice about 10oz mid day, and another 16oz juice in the evening ( usually a naked 100% organic fruit) I know not the best, but my lifestyle makes it hard to juice again.

    I weighed myself for the first time, and no weight loss???? if anything it says I gained 3lbs! Im very confused, and not sure what I have done wrong. the weight loss wasnt the main goal of the fast it was to break the cycle of bulimia. I now feel myself getting back into that mode of control and self abuse.

    I have not been taking the enemas reg, and cant stomach phys. husk. I wasnt doing the enemas bc I used to heavily abuse laxatives. I am thinking it may be good to pick up natural senna tea? and find a way to do fresh juice at night no more nakeds…

    I am trying to rationalize that this gain, or lack of loss is from lack of bowel movements ( litterally have not gone. and when I have its nothng at all). Also my metabolisim is shot anything I can do while on the fast to help that?

    thanks, I dont want this to throw me off, or send me into a spiral of self deprecation.

    all and any advice is needed and welcomed

  130. lynn walker says:

    I’ve been alternating 3 days of water fasting then 1 day of juice fasting (with the juice being strawberries or apples or carrots equaling to about 500 calories on that day). I have been losing a pound a day. I’ve been praying about it and feel as if I should keep going for a long time- hoping to go for 50 days. I already feel much better. I am spacy and have a bit of a cold, but that’s not to unusual for springtime anyway. So I wondering if I could expect the 1 pound a day to continue for the whole 30 days, that sure would be nice. Since I am still overweight but not by a lot (I am 5’7 and now weigh 155), do you think it will slow down to 1/2 lb a day? If so, how could i prevent this? I already walk 2 miles a day.

    • keith101 says:

      Hi Lynn
      Fasting is not an exact science, you could loose 2-3 pounds one day then 1 lbs another day, best thing to do is up your exersice 1 mile per week to shock the body into loosing weight constantly.
      Blessings Keith.

  131. lynn walker says:

    Days 1-3 I’ve drank only water, then on day 4 this is what i did,

    (1 time daily) 8 oz of carrots=90 calories
    (2 times) 8 oz of apple slices=130 calories
    (2 times) 8 oz of strawberries=70 calories

    Blended with only water.
    Carrots were awful to drink.

    …….then days 5-7 only water.

    Should i keep going like this or just do only water for the remainder of the fast…?

  132. GML80 says:

    Hi Tom,

    Ive started a fast. Its more a trial run to justify what would be a reasonable goal to start at. Ive been at it 8 full days. I didnt expect to go past 3 days.
    To begin with my question; I am 215 lbs easy. female. Im in college 2nd year. In high school i spent most of my time out for sports. My weight wasnt affected at all. Basketball, soccer, softball, track were the sports i played. Youd think the excersice i did PLUS my hobby of weight lifting would help me live a healthy lifestyle. My eating Habits werent the greatest in high school. Nor are they now, but my weight actually lowered when i got out of highschool. Eating worse. i weighed 235-245 in high school. i dont excersice. I used to but it seems when i diet and workout my weight seems to just stay. it doesnt move. at all. idk why. SO like i said weight lifting is just a hobby of mine, so my question is… after this fast when I lose a bit of weight and KNOW i will gain. Would it be wise to get back into my weight lifting? would i make muscle progress? POSITIVE weight gaines if i could somehow transfer all that weight gain into muscle? would you have any advice for this? i gave some history because of my goals

    • GML80 says:

      Also, the muscle gain varied. this is how i know i should be concerned with this. I made SIGNIFICANT gaines but for my sports the fat stayed the same.

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi GML80,
      What do you think is your daily calorie intake. How much starch and fat are you eating. Do you eat fried foods? Sure you can rip out like in the body building posters but will it last.
      Diet is the first defense against weight gain. Fasting is a huge boost in the right direction but not the cure.

  133. khoyt says:

    I have been eating foods now for two weeks and plan on another 40 day fast in another week…40 days on, 3 weeks off…until I lose the weight I want.
    My biggest problem is when I come off the fast and begin eating, I gain some of the lost weight back! I know that has to be normal and I am exercising, but it is bothersome.
    I don’t want fasting to become a necessity, but an alternative…any advise?

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi Khotyu
      Unfortunately your body will hold more water and fiber when you eat. Weight loss programs are a lifetime system that is doable. So if you need to fast every few months to keep the weight off that will not work for long. How may calories a day do you think your are eating, and what types of food. Do you drink sugared drinks?

  134. Lilli says:

    I’m new in here and in need for some support.

    I have been on a restricting diet for the last two months, in addition to 3-4 workouts per week, and I lost only around 4 pounds! This is extremely frustrating.
    However, I’m starting a water fast tomorrow, hoping to lose minimum 15 lbs. in no longer than a month. I currently weigh 116 and I’m 19 years old
    I was wondering if I can lose around 15 lbs. in less than 30 days by water-fasting?
    Please let me know a soon as possible
    Thank You

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi Lilli
      Sure you may lose that but any water fast over 2 weeks can have risks. (hormone imbalance, low levels of electrolyte, for example. Better to have some drinks of raw honey with lemon. Rather than straight fasting. How tall are you?

  135. framius says:

    Hey Tom,
    I want to try water fasting. I weigh 195 and my height is 5’11. I want to try fasting for 3 days, that is my goal. I want to lose fat but I really don’t want to lose muscle though. I also can’t control myself when I am hungry, do you have any tips that will control my hunger? I heard that a little bit of salt will help but I’m not sure if that’s true.

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi framius,
      A thee day water fast can be hell. I puked over the toilet for 10 hours. Try juice fasting first. I would not worry about muscle loss on a 3 day fast.
      In general, hunger passes when you fast. If you are hungry on a juice fast just drink more juice.
      Fat is 3500 per pound and why use protein when fat is easy to convert.

  136. Ron says:

    Tom, You have the patience of a saint! Answering these same questions over and over again must be…well, hell too! Maybe you should put a sticky up on the main page for all the weight watchers?

    It seems the main reason to fast for most is weight loss! Well (EVERYONE), you can lose weight by changing your eating habits for one. 2) cut out fats, sugar, dairy and wheat. LOL..that would be as close to fasting as you get without fasting! And, 3) some moderate (30-45mins cardio) exercise 3-4 times a week! It will take about a week to start losing weight as your body adjusts. Then the pounds will melt off you like butter (pardon the pun)!

    Now, if detoxing and healing are your motives. As well as a spiritual experience…then FASTING is what you want! Don’t get me wrong…weight loss is a nice by-product of fasting…and a “good” reason to fast. BUT, it shouldn’t be the ONLY reason, as you will probably fall very hard when you return to eating.

    A lifestyle, and mindset change are needed before fasting…and weight loss!

    I suggest… now listen closely “newbies”, check this wonderful site “in depth”! There is great info here including: People who have done exactly what YOU are going to do! With RESULTS in writing! Just dig a little deeper in the “Progress Report” section(s)(there are 2!), And FAQ section is a real eye opener for even the experienced faster!

    Then get Tom’s books! They are priced right! Easy to download..and there is great information about “every” aspect of fasting (including diet)!!

    We are here to help you with your fast…and pray together for God’s grace and guidance!

    Good Luck and God Bless! Ron

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi Ron,
      I am going to come up with a obesity protocol that is indepth for people who cannot lose weight easily. But sooooo much work. too little time.
      Trying to recruit some full time writers from the university.

  137. kisss says:

    hi you guys, i allready posted once on the fasting club but nobody’s answering so here i go on this one:

    i’m on day 2 of my waterfast yeey
    i’m on wellbutrine so i do take that ( an antidepressivum)
    i work in a sandwich bar and i’m with my hands in food all day
    it sounds stupid but i had a cut in my finger and i was really worried that some food, nutrients, d go into my body through that cut…
    well i hope it doesnt but i know your body can absorb things trough skin, so what do you think?

    on day one, i went working, later on went to the gym, had an hour of vigorous cardio, oh god that felt good! i wanted to do more but then i thought hey don’t push yourself! you need to take it slower on a waterfast and you have to keep it up for 9 more days, so took a nice shower and had a diet coke,
    gosh that diet coke was a reward but i know its so bad for you,
    i hope diet coke doesn’t affect my weight loss, i think the aspartame in it makes you retain water, right?
    i’m not fat, have an BMI of 23 and have lots of muscles, but the sport i’m doing, requires me to have less weight on me, so thats what i’m aiming for, together with no obsession about food anymore, no more depression, getting rid of couperosis (redness of skin in my face)

    i have a question,
    how long do you thik i should waterfast to cure my couperosis? do you thinks its a curable condition on a waterfast?
    i sure hope so
    im now 62,6 kgs
    starting weight was 63,7 i think, not so sure anymore
    im 1m68
    good luck to you all

    best wishes

    • Tom Coghill says:
      Tom Coghill

      Hi Kisss
      I have witnessed juice fasting to be much more therapeutic than water fasting. Controlled catabolism and supporting molecular turnover at a cellular level is the reason.
      You want peppers, red and green in a veggie juice for the selenium, essential oils, B complex.
      Juice fasting 30 days and a rebuilding of your thought life will cure depression 95% of the time.
      Water fasting off a bad diet can cause more damage to the body as it has no reservoirs of nutrition.
      This is a journey of healing that cannot be rushed.
      All chemicals will affect the molecular integrity of your skin cells.
      I also recommend that you read more on the site.
      We want to see you happy healthy and thin but fasting is a science and a flexible process of healing that need to be specific your to needs and condition.

  138. Ron says:

    Hi Kisss. I would do some reading on this site, and consider purchasing Tom’s e-books. A water fast is very hard to do. Water fast means no soda. Especially chemical laden sodas.

    Try a juice fast for a few days. Seeing that you are taking antidepressants, a juice fast would help you more. A juice fast would clear up your skin a week or 2. Food would not be absorbed through yor skin! I would worry more about the soaps and chemicals on the surface of the things you are touching. Ron

  139. lolitalinda says:

    about a year ago, i had found a lump which ended up being benign but left me equally traumatized and i’ve gained a lot of weight since then. a lot of comments i’ve read are different from mine because weighing in at 170 and only 5 feet i cant find anyone that’s around this and i’m very curious to know about how much weight do you theorize i’d lose in a 10 day water fast (just plain water). losing weight has been fairly easy for me in the past, i’ve just been to lazy to even try. i’ve read 4 pounds to even 10 pounds but the comments i did read are of people that are not as heavy as i am. i thought maybe i’d be able to lose more..?

  140. Ron says:

    Hi LL, A water fast is very hard to do. If you research the site you will see that. I’m suggesting a juice fast for weight loss and healing. You will lose about a pound a day, and also flood your body with wonderful nutrients and enzymes!!

    The best thing to do is educate yourself with as much information as you can get before any attempt at fasting. It will make you more likely to succeed.

    I have many friends and relatives that have jumped into fasting. They always ask me the same questions about water fasting. I don’t know one of them that has completed a week on water. Never mind 10 days!

    I’m not trying to discourage you. You may be the one in a 100 who is able to do it! If water fasting is what you feel strongly motivated to do, we are here for guidance.

    Please read the sections here on “water fasting” first. If you have questions feel free to ask. Tom, or myself will respond. Welcome and good luck! Ron

  141. jg91093 says:

    Today i will start a 1 week water fasting is it ok if i eat some fruits?

  142. blackbird says:

    Isn’t rapid weight loss unhealthy though? i hear that per week it’s best lose 1 to 2 kilos max. is that true?

  143. Ron says:

    Hi bb, In a word, No.

    Rapid weight loss is usually associated with some ailment. Not the other way around.

  144. ihopethisworks says:

    is black coffee or tea allowed during a fast?

  145. Ron says:

    Hi ihope, Most herbal teas are fine. Coffee isn’t the worst thing during a juice fast, but is not recommended. Definitely a no-no during a water fast!

    The caffeine will make your nervous system jittery. And the chemicals used in processing coffee (especially decaf) slows the detoxing effects.

    I love coffee, but usually don’t touch it during any fast! While fasting, I do look forward to my herbal teas before bed tho! Ron

  146. ihopethisworks says:

    Just to get this straight, I CAN drink black or green tea during a water fast, but no coffee. Any types of teas in particular that you would recommend. Also, will it affect my weight loss? (slow it down). I’m fasting for detoxification and weight loss.

  147. Ron says:

    Hi ihopetw, Water fasts are usually just water. It also depends on what benefits you want from fasting. I’ve heard of water fasters drinking teas as a means of curing some ailments. But, if you want the full effects of a water fast, that’s all you should have.

    There is a lot of info here on on water and juice fasting.

  148. jewel4u86 says:


    I am 24 years old, my height is 163 cm and my weight is 74 kg and want to loose it. I am married. I take a glass of luke warm water with lemon everyday in the morning and I go to gym approx 5 days a week for an hour. I do cycling and walking and some stretches at gym. Can you please tell me how many glass of juice shall i intake. Please tell me what kind of Juice can be intake. I am Jain, Vegetarian. Can i continue the luke warm water with lemon during my juice fasting. I am working and my job timing are 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. Kindly suggest taking my job timings into consideration.

  149. Ron says:

    Hi jewel, Any fresh juice is good. Store bought is usually full of sugars. So get a juicer. There is no set amount or time to take your juice. Listen to your body. If you feel the need for more go for it. Lemon and water are fine. There are no rules to fasting. Only the one you make!

    I suggest reading the progress reports and articles here on this site. There are many insights to fasting and a wealth of information. Your questions are welcome. Ron