#Waterfast diet: Only water on the menu can be dangerous, warn experts

A worrisome new diet craze is sweeping across social media under the hashtag #waterfast. Talking about this controversial diet, experts warn people to avoid following it. As, it can be dangerous and can have negative impacts on health

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  • The controversial ‘water fasting’ diet includes only water on the menu. As the idea behind it is to eat nothing at all.
  • Intermittent fasting has been in vogue for quite some time now, but this new diet takes things to a whole new level to the point where it borders on starvation.
  • As per experts, ‘water fasting’ can be harmful. So, they do not recommend it. Instead, the experts advise to follow a healthy and a nutritious diet.

Pooja Udeshi, Sports nutritionist and certified diabetes educator and practicing at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital said, “The name itself sounds dangerous. One needs vitamins, minerals and nutrients which are not provided by this kind of a diet.  It will hamper one’s daily activities as the body cannot sustain just by fasting. So, do not try it as one may feel dizzy, weak and can collapse.”

As per experts, opt for a healthy diet. Rutika Murudkar, a clinical nutritionist at Naraindas Morbai Budhrani trust informed, “If people are following this, they should be examined to whether they are suffering from any health problems. Though, the body gets well hydrated but lacks the essential nutrients and energy. There are people who suffer from diabetes, obesity and hypertension and so on. It is not at all recommended for them. Moreover, I feel that no one should try it as one can feel lethargic.”

Dr Ankita Ghag, Clinical Nutritionist, Vacchan Aarogya and Diabetes Care 365 said, “The ‘water fasting’ diet can have drawbacks. It can reduce the muscle mass, electrolyte imbalance and ketosis, which could be life threatening for people suffering for various disorders like diabetes, renal disease, hypertension and so on. So, avoid following it.”