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Anyone here fast? I began fasting yesterday and plan on keeping my fast for seven days. I am only drinking liquids. I'm hoping to lose 20 lbs in two weeks. Ideally my weight should be 170-180 lbs but currently I weigh in at 219lbs which is down from 230 a month ago.


Do you think 20lbs in two weeks is excessive or healthy?


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Fasting is a sure-fire way to get your body into ketosis and start burning fat for fuel, and you will most definitely lose weight.  However, when you break the fast you have to eat a keto diet or the weight will come right back on in a big hurry and it'll bring company along to stay. 

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