Hey everyone, have you heard of liquid fasting? It’s a modern term that doesn’t even have a dedicated entry on Baidu. However, it has been frequently appearing online recently.
In a certain social media group where 70% of the members are female, there are already over 180,000 posts about liquid fasting. The titles of these posts often read “Liquid Fasting YYDS (You Yi Dian Sheng, meaning ‘the best’ in Chinese), lose three kilograms in a day” or “Three-day Liquid Fasting Challenge, lost a whole five kilograms.” As you may have guessed, this is a new type of weight loss method.
Liquid fasting, also known as liquid-only fasting, involves consuming only liquids or foods that were in liquid form before processing, while keeping the calorie intake below 1200 kilocalories per day. For example, coffee, soy milk, tea, and milk can all be consumed as liquids. Eggs, in their natural liquid state inside the shell, can also be eaten without any guilt.
Advocates even claim that during the liquid fasting period, you can treat yourself to an ice cream or a cup of milk tea — emphasizing the painless and joyful aspect of the process. While we are still bound by the old saying “control your diet and exercise,” eating salads and doing P90X, only to see a mere 0.1-kilogram decrease on the scale each day, the liquid fasting method has struck a chord with girls aiming to lose weight.
Binge rebound? With liquid fasting, you can go back to your pre-binge weight in just one day. Plateau during weight loss? Liquid fasting for three days works like magic, and even during the refeeding phase, liquids are the main focus, ensuring no rebound effect.
Can’t give up sweets? Sisters, you must give liquid fasting a try. Who knew weight loss could be so joyful without having to give up milk tea? It’s truly quick and happy!
Eye-catching titles and enticing numbers stimulate girls to flock towards this bottomless pit. I admit, I’ve been tempted too. The hype keeps growing, especially with summer approaching. Who wouldn’t want to quickly drop the numbers on the weighing scale using the most painless method and confidently wear a little dress?
However, the more I scroll through social media, the longer the duration of liquid fasting seems to become. It started with one day, then three days, followed by seven days, and finally, fifteen days.
Some girls who have done liquid fasting for three days comment: “Just get through the first two days, and on the third day, you’ll start to appreciate the feeling of happiness that hunger brings.”
There are also girls challenging themselves with seven days of liquid fasting, saying: “In the later stages, you don’t even feel hungry. The only problem is feeling dizzy when you wake up in the morning.”
As for the fifteen-day fasters, they probably know they are more extreme. They directly reject any comments related to health concerns or regaining weight in their posts.
When big data expertly presents success stories in front of me, I begin to feel horrified.