Fasting for weight loss or to cure eczema and psoriasis? My experience..
HI guys, it's Adelle. Now many of you currently know me as someone who likes to share my life on the internet and inspire other would be YouTube entrepreneurs. But back in the day I was the water fast chick! The video I uploaded about my 10 day water fast has been seen worldwide by over a million people. And it's still the most popular video in it's category. So I went and dug out the same shirt that I had on in that video which was shot almost exactly three years ago. And I thought I would answer some of the most burning questions that I received about water fasting: How much weight did Iose by just drinking water for ten days straight? How much weight did I gain after the water fast? Was I able to exercise? And did the water fast clear up my eczema? All that is coming up in this video so stay tuned. So the first question I'm going to answer is was I able to exercise during this water fast? Now the answer is absolutely not.
My body was rather fatigued for the first little while. You get a bit of energy after you go for the first couple of days so you can use that for going on light walks or doing a bit of housework. But generally, you want to keep your brain occupied with something that's fun, distracting and easy so that you're not thinking about food and you're not building up an appetite. So I watched a lot of old movies, I read books, I played cute mobile app games like Best fiends.
Best fiends is a free puzzle adventure game where you collect and upgrade characters, you can match same colored objects and you can actually connect to facebook to compete against your friends. This was like the perfect game to kind of unwind your brain and just have a bit of challenge and a bit of fun. I thought the characters were pretty cute and best fiends actually sponsored this video, so thanks so much to them. This month there is a free Valentine's day heart challenge so, make sure you click the link below this video to download the game and you'll get five dollars worth of gold and diamonds to use in the game for free. Now the next question was did I lose weight while drinking only water for ten days straight? And the answer of course is yes! Eleven pounds in ten days. And the thing about losing weight that way is it comes back really quickly.
So to bring me to the next question, did I gain weight after the fast, yes, I gained back those eleven pounds plus more. You know I gained about fifteen, sixteen pounds back and that was just a consequence of returning to a normal diet but also a consequence of this psychological thing that the fast that kind of messed me up where I was just really hungry for a super long time. And in the video I talked about how we had a party, we had like friends over and we just like had like a bunch of food and I cooked everything and I went and bought all kinds of food I wanted to eat and stuff. And like that continued for a good couple of months. So I've said it before, I will say it again, if you are interested in doing a water fast for long term weight loss, I do not recommend it. I know there are some fitness professionals for will do things like this so that they will look good for competitions or a photo shoot. But just in general, water fasting for weight loss is a bad idea. Which brings us to the next question, which is the reason why I did the water fast in the first place.
I was really sick. I was experiencing a number of skin ailments which is for me the first place where illness will show up. And I had eczema and psoriasis and you know the water fast had been recommended by the naturopath. They tell you about detoxing and your skin and gluten allergies and all kinds of crazy things. So this water fast was supposed to fix my skin condition. It didn't. It didn't even help it, really. Things just kinda stayed the same.
And all these years later, I am mostly eczema and psoriasis free for the most part. I have a pretty normal diet. I try to eat healthy and well but I still eat out, I still eat gluten, I still have dairy, I don't eat 100% organic like I did back then. And yet my skin condition is perfectly fine, wonderful, healthy and I feel great.
And I have a little bit of insight on that that I'm going to share. The first one is like a random thing that I kind of figured out and noticed. One time we got these probiotics from the vitamin store that were supposed to be really good for skin conditions. And I had moderate eczema and it was itchy and rashy all over my body. And I thought oh okay let me take a good dose of these probiotics and go to bed and I'm sure it'll be great. So I took a good hit of these probiotics, washed it down with a bunch of water and when I woke up in the morning, I had weeping eczema so badly that I could barely move. So my eczema had gone overnight gotten a whole lot worse. Now there can be a few theories behind this.
You could say that well maybe the probiotics were doing a good thing and I was getting an intense detox or you could look at that and say ok it seems that the eczema is related to something that would be affected by probiotics so I can't help but wonder if that is the underlying cause. And sometimes it's not necessarily affected by the food we eat so much as it is the bacterial balance. Eczema is still a mystery that science has yet to figure out and the thing that seemed to cure it for me was leaving a unhealthy relationship and doing the things I loved. My YouTube career allowed me to move to the mountains and live the life of my dreams. I was so happy, I was breathing beautiful air, I was feeling good emotionally and when I made that transition from being miserable, living in the city and to just going and being where I wanted to be and doing what felt right to me, almost all of my health issues went away. And as some of you know, I did have a major health issue or two while I was out there and my body was recuperating from all the stress I had been under previously but all the skin conditions were gone. I didn't stop using makeup, I didn't stop using certain creams, I didn't switch my laundry detergent, I didn't do any of those things.
Those are the basic questions if you have any more you can leave them below for me in the comments and please share your experiences. If you see questions that you know answers to please by all means answer them, community is what makes YouTube great. Make sure to subscribe to my channel for more interesting videos. Follow me on twitter, add me on facebook and check out my pictures on Instagram. I love hearing back from you guys.
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