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Fasting to Lose Weight

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Fasting And Weight Loss

How much weight will I lose with your program?... is a question we are often asked.

The average weight loss on our fasting detoxification program is between one and two pounds a day. Some people will lose more, some less. Unfortunately it seems that the ones who most desperately wants too lose weight, who have tried all sorts of different programs, are the ones for whom it is most difficult to get rid of the extra kilos. Your body is extremely intelligent, and if you have tried one or more of the starvation programs, your body has learned to survive on a minimum, and when deprived of food, will go into a survival mode and it is more difficult to lose weight.

If you pay attention to the diet industry, you probably hear how simple it is to lose weight. If you just follow a diet, take a pill, use a patch... the weight will simply melt away. We are contiguously presented with all sort of miracle offers. Obviously, it isn't that easy or we'd all be in great shape. See also: Losing weight safely

Some of these fads can also be dangerous. They may seem to work for a while, but then the weight comes back on. The fundamental fallacy of all fad diets, like the Atkins diet or the Zone diet, is the idea that somehow carbohydrate calories are different from fat and protein calories. This is scientific foolishness. Every calorie you eat contributes equally to your eventual weight, whether it comes from carbohydrate, fat, or protein.

To the extent these diets work at all, they do so because they obey the second law. By reducing calories in, they reduce fat. Unfortunately, losing weight isn't that simple, as anyone who has seriously tried already knows. Besides counting calories is about as outdated as the concept that the sun revolves around the earth. The problem is that your body will not cooperate. If you try to lose weight by exercising and eating less, your body will attempt to compensate by metabolizing more efficiently. It has a fixed weight, what obesity researchers call a "set point," a weight to which it will keep trying to return.

Here is an excellent article provided for us by weight loss expert Arcady Economo

Start and Evaluate Your Weight Loss Plans Properly to Derive
Excellent Results

By Arcady Economo Ph.D., Pharm D.

Hundreds of thousands of people set out on fresh weight loss plans daily. However, a particular characteristic shared by all of these individuals is giving up the adopted weight loss plan within one month. The reason most people give up on diets is that they were setup for failure from the beginning. If you do not commence a weight loss program in the right manner, you will fall by the wayside before you start to drop weight.

Make Monday Your First Day
Initiate your weight loss program on a Monday. It has been shown that individuals are more likely to conform to a plan to lose weight when they start on a Monday. This will allow you to get out on the weekend and purchase any particular food items required for your weight loss program. You can also cook and pack up meals and refreshments well in advance on Sunday for your hectic weekdays ahead.
Garner Support for Your New Venture
Let your near and dear ones know about your new undertaking to shed weight. It is imperative to receive the love, affection and backing of the people that matter most to you. Their patronage will definitely bring you success in attaining your weight loss goals.

Write Down Your Goals
It is an effective idea to write down your weight loss goals on paper instead of putting stress on your brain every time you need to recall them. Mention a deadline to achieve beside each goal so as to make an easy and worthwhile assessment of your progress later on. Writing goals on paper may bring some much needed urgency to your weight loss endeavor.
Your goals should not be overstated. Always create S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely) goals. You can take the advice of doctors, nutritionists and fitness trainers to chalk out goals most appropriate for you. Be honest in your approach. If your objective is to drop 10 pounds by the end of the month, make every sincere effort to achieve that.

Black Out Your Unwanted Foods
Drive out any food or beverage that does not conform to your weight loss program from your home. These foods must be out of view and off your mind. If the food is not accessible to you, you will be less likely to betray your new plan. These include:
" Red Meats: These are affluent with saturated fats. For instance, a 3 ounce beef gives you more than 300 calories and 80 mg of cholesterol. Similarly, Bologna sausage contains fats as high as 80 percent.
" Cakes and Pastries: A 3 ounce piece of a pound cake is rich with above 360 calories, out of which more than 50 percent is constituted from fat! Even a fatless pound cake of the similar weight offers you 240 calories! Chocolate cakes trump even these high numbers.
" Chocolate and Milk Bars: Remember that a 1.5 oz chocolate bar comprises 226 calories, of which 49 percent is made of fat.
" Fast Foods: McDonald's Big Mac in 7.6 oz contains 590 calories (52 percent from fat) and 1090 mg sodium. A 3 oz fried, battered chicken breast with skin gives you 220 calories (47 percent from fat). French fries are equal culprits as a standard serving of French fries has 237 calories (46 percent from fat). Other fast foods to avoid include hot dogs and sausage, and potato chips.
" Ice Creams: A number of the ice creams are not suggested. For instance, one scoop of Vanilla ice cream passes you 250 calories (150 calories from fat). Go for the mango ice cream in its place.
" Eggs: One amply boiled, large egg contains 79 calories and 216 mg cholesterol.
" Nuts: Even if a small number of nuts are suggested, significant quantities are not helpful for weight loss. For instance, a fistful of dried macadamia nuts contain 235 calories (88 percent from fat).
" Pies: Several pies are full of fat. For example, a Pecan pie gives you over 500 calories and 45 percent of these calories is made of fat.
" Alcohol: It adds to your weight. An everyday dosage of 12 oz beer can (146 calories) can make you bulkier by 1.2 pounds in less than 4 weeks if you don't work out enough! (1).

Check Out Your Intake Frequency

The majority of individuals can consume 3 standard meals and 1 light meal every day. The 3 meals must be approximately the similar size and must be low in fat. Your meals should most often comprise 1 to 2 cups of vegetables and fruits, 2 to 3 oz of whole grains and 1 to 2 oz of meat (or a meat substitute).
A number of individuals derive more benefit if they eat 5 to 6 minor meals throughout the day with around 2 to 3 hours of interval between them. For instance, they might begin their day with a cup of low-fat or fat-free yogurt and a banana. After 3 hours, they might eat a plain deli sandwich with whole-grain bread and fat free mayonnaise.
Breakfasts must always be part of your diet regimen. Though leaving out meals may assist you in losing weight in the first place, it goes miserably wrong in the end. It will often make you feel overly hungry later in the day, inducing you to overindulge yourself at your subsequent meal. After approximately a month of consuming a usual breakfast, lunch and a light supper, your body will get accustomed to eating on this schedule (2).

Burn Your Fats Doing Regular Physical Exercise

Regular physical workout may facilitate and maintain your weight loss. It may also augment your energy state, mood, and bring down your risk for rising heart ailment, diabetes, and certain cancers.
As stated by the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, specialists think all grownups must be physically active. Some workouts are always better than none, and people who involve themselves in any level of physical activity may enjoy some health advantages. The bulk of your physical exercise must range from modest to strong in intensity. Nevertheless, adults must concentrate more on muscle-toning exercises.
You can do physical activities every day for one prolonged time period, or you can divide it into several brief sessions of 10, 15, or even 20 minutes. Attempt physical exercises like:
" Walking (15 minutes for each mile or 4 miles for each hour);
" Cycling;
" Playing tennis;
" Doing aerobic exercises (step aerobics, kick boxing, dancing); or
" Brisk household or yard work (gardening, skimming, mopping, and vacuum-cleaning).
Taking weight off isn't straightforward. It calls for dedication, self-control and a smart eye for clearing out the hype and misleading promises (3). Select your own weight-loss journey after going through the next essential tips:
Pay Attention to Details
Understand every aspect of your weight loss program that you would like to implement. Check what ideology this weight loss program is founded on. Two of the key subjects to center upon are the amount of carbohydrates and fats in your daily diet.

Look For Facts
Take into account how many people have persisted with the prescribed selection of foods to attain their weight-loss goal. Determine if these dieters have regained the weight after a period of six months. You will merely need to inquire around and keep your ears wide open to acquire these facts.
Stay Away from Complications
Pick a weight loss program that promotes losing weight in an uncomplicated way. You should go for a program that permits you to consume foods that will keep you filled and not hungry. An excellent balance of suitable foods is actually what you require in conjunction with workout of some type.
Weigh Your Budget Carefully
Deliberate on the expenditure of the plan. Your weight loss plan may demand you to purchase particular foods, bear appointment charges or take tablets. So, carefully estimate all your expenses and decide whether this plan is worth considering within your assigned budget


Interact with People in Similar Shape
Shed the weight with Weight Watchers gatherings. This program is extensively regarded as one of the finest weight lost programs in existence. Managing your calories and exercise demands stringent rules to follow and you need to remain optimistic about yourself. The structure of this program is developed for success, with additional meetings that allow some communication with individuals in similar shape.
Adopt a Plan with Low Carbohydrates
Settle on a low carbohydrate food program. A noteworthy illustration is the Atkins diet. It brings success for people who persist with it. If a person protein lover, they may hardly face any problem with the list of foods. The significant part is that you are still able to consume a reasonably good quantity of meat and cheese on this weight loss scheme. Just keep away from confections, breads and pasta (5). Some of the food items in the Atkins diet include:
" Protein Foods (meat, seafood, eggs)
" Vegetables (12 to 15 grams per day)
" Cheeses (3 to 4 oz per day during induction)
" Natural fats (cold water fish, olive oil, peanut oil, grapeseed oil)
" Beverages (8 glasses of water, sugarless juices and ciders, herbal teas, decaffeinated coffee)
" Sugar alternatives (sucralose, saccharine)
" Lime juice (2 to 3 tablespoons)
Keep a Close Watch on Fats
A pound of fat contains approximately 3,500 calories. To shed one pound of fat in a week, you need to consume 3,500 less calories (i.e. 500 less calories per day), or you need to burn up an additional 3,500 calories. You can burn up calories by working out or merely by being more physically active. Discuss with your general practitioner before you start any kinds of exercise regimen. Your physician can assist you in deciding what sort of exercise plan is suitable for you.

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The most excellent method to drop weight and keep it up is to consume fewer calories and be energetic. If you reduce 250 calories from your diet every day and keep fit enough to burn up 250 calories that adds up to 500 less calories in a single day. If you continue to execute this for next 7 days, you can lose one pound of fat in a week. However, do not attempt to drop over 2 pounds per week.

Try to bring your fat consumption less than 30 percent of your entire foods each day. The reading of cholesterol must stay under 300 mg. If you comply with these figures, you should be in good health. However, you have to pursue it in actuality. The most difficult part of monitoring your fat intake is interpreting labels (4).

Last Minute Tips
Make a habit of interpreting each label for valuable dietary information. You will be astonished at how speedily you become well-versed with all of these numbers.
Do your level best to remember that you are a worthy human being. If you do not lose weight on the program you select, there is an inclination to possess pessimistic thoughts about yourself.



1. U.S. Department of Agriculture. My Pyramid Plan. April 2005. Available at

2. U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label. June 2000. Available at

3. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. October 2008. Available at

4. National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health (NIH). Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). DHHS. NIH Publication No. 09-5099. 2008.

5. Robert C. Atkins (2004) Atkins for Life: The Complete Controlled Carb Program for Permanent Weight Loss and Good Health, 370pp, St. Martin's Press, ISBN 0-641-67892-4

Arcady Economo, Ph. D, Pharm D, works as the Managing Director at the Anti-Aging Company located on the Adriatic Coast of Croatia and in Budapest, Hungary. Dr. Economo has been studying weight loss and specifically its effects on aging since the early the early 1980's. Dr. A. Economo is a well-known gerontologist who combined traditional and innovative approaches and techniques in gerontology to create a revolutionary anti-aging method called “Anti-Aging Cyclic Nutrition” for holistic and scientific methods lead him to also create a website where he gathered the most powerful life extension drugs.


So if you seriously wish to lose weight you can kick start losing weight with a juice fasting program at Moinhos Velhos. Then if you follow some of the the advice of Dr. Economo you should be able to keep the weight off.

Our Juice Fasting Programs with Yoga, Meditation and Holistic Therapies are for detoxification and purification of Body, Mind and Spirit. We can not guarantee how much weight you will lose,but we can guarantee that you will get rid of a lot of accumulated toxins and mucus


Here as some excerpts from an article by Bill Fence in the Ryan Air magazine:

There comes a time in everyone's life when enough is enough, the body tells you it cannot survive on six hours' sleep and the candle ends meet. I reached that point back in May. With work stress overwhelming. blood pressure boiling, and food and drink consumption rocketing. I decided that the best way to get my life back on track was to put it through a full, fast and complete detoxification. I am talking diet, exercise, spiritual renewal and, um, bodily waste examination. Seriously!

Undecided between retreats in Devon, south-west England, or sunny Portugal, I figured that trying them both couldn't hurt. After landing in Faro, I began to freak out. The 45-minute drive to Lagos was one of the most nerve-racking of my life. What was I letting myself in for? A fortnight of no food, self-administered colon cleansing and no TV, email or mobile phone. I almost called for help when I reached a high mountain valley, but my mobile signal had disappeared. There was no turning back. Finally, arriving at Moinhos Velhos Holistic Fasting Health Retreat. I steeled myself wondering how I would manage to survive without ice cream, chocolate or coffee. Yet what I learned over the next 10 days or so,k has put me in good stead for the rest of my life, which hopefully will now be a damn site longer

At other times I found myself discussing "Clysmatics" - the self-administered colonic irrigations that stimulate the intestines. What sort did you do today? Was it thick or thin? How did it smell? It's funny how a group of highly educated, health-concerened people can let go of their inhibitions so easily and talk freely about their own poo. This even led to group therapy sessions where we shared personal tragedies or hardships, to get them off our chest and renew our minds.

By day five I was dreaming about chips covered in salt, with lashings of vinegar, coupled with a Starbucks white-chocolate mocha. One weekend we visited a beach on the Algarve with only our watermelon juice for refreshment, while tanned bodies licked ice creams by the sea. Torture.

On the final night, we sat together in the camp's teepee, and wrote down on a piece of paper what we wanted to leave behind, then ceremoniously burned it. I wanted to leave behind forever the 8kg I'd lost - not a bad result in just 10 days. We broke our fast finally with an oh-so delicious salad, and left filled with positive energy and plenty of nutritional advice

From an article by Judy Fox in The Santa Fee Journal :

He absolutely refused to do it. I will not go to a gastronomic capital in Europe to live on juice and stick a hose up my butt!... he said with the force of Vesuvius.

But movie stars are doing it… People interested in health and yoga and spirituality are doing it... I said, trying to be convincing. It gives your internal organs a break. It purifies the body. It can cure diseases. I'll bet it even increases your income and speeds up your Internet access. It's a new form of vacation - it's meaningful.

Read my hungry lips, he replied. No!

Please. … it would mean a lot if you went with me.

Pause. Softening. A glimmer of possibility in his left eye. And then, sighing with resignation, he agreed. My husband, Paul, said he would accompany me to the beautiful Algarve region, in the south of Portugal, for a two-week juice fast and detox retreat.

But I will probably jump the wall and escape to a restaurant every night, he added

On Day 9, Paul hopped on a scale to discover he had lost 14 pounds. He became so psychically tuned in that he was getting messages from his inner self about his health and his work. He was totally inspired.
He had never had this happen before.

The 12th day, I asked everyone what they thought about the fast.
All said it had been a fabulous vacation.
They had lost weight, taken time out from their lives that they sorely needed, and they had decided to live and eat more healthily. It raised their consciousness about their bodies and their health. They continued to eat cautiously, but the volume increased. Paul had lost 17 pounds.

From: Food for thought - Wave Holiday.
Until now my life had been a hectic one. I have never coped with a quiet lifestyle. I'm always in search of something new to keep me entertained. On my first day I wondered how I was going to cope with all this peace and quiet and healthy attitudes.Then, here's the interesting thing, by day five I began to feel a change in me. In a phone call to my husband I heard myself answering his question of "how's the weight loss going?" with "Oh I've no idea, but it's not really about that - it's about detoxing your system and allowing yourself the chance to develop spiritual side.

Each day we began with meditation and yoga and my body began to respond more easily to the postures asked of it. The holistic treatments given were bringing forward all my past emotions and negative thoughts. I found myself crying and laughing - sometimes together! All the while I was growing spiritually and mentally.

On the day we left Moinhos Velhos, I went round hugging everybody as if my life depended on it. These friends I made, both guests and therapists, are now an important part of my life. I felt and looked better than I had in years and it showed.

I hadn't thought about the weight side much, but putting on my old clothes I realized that I had indeed lost several kilos. This was a turning point for me, after innumerable problems with digestion and a build up of old toxins and steroids given for back problems years ago.

I left Moinhos Velhos on June 16th nine pounds lighter than the 12stone 9lbs when I had arrived. Today, as I write this, on October 7th, without dieting but with an eye to healthier eating habits and a digestive system that works perfectly - my weight is 9 stone 11lbs.

I don't eat red meat anymore, I choose not to eat dairy and avoid many of the intolerance foods that came to light. More importantly my diet is vegetarian 99% of the time! I didn't believe that was possible!

In truth it isn't about weight loss. What I found there was an understanding about nutrition, a chance to cleanse my body and allow it to help itself heal and for me a new opportunity to gain spiritual growth.

We also offer our Detox & Fasting Retreats in India and Canada

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April - November, December
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