"How much can one expect to lose? The loss rate of course varies with the individual, but the average for a protracted fast runs around two-and-one-half pounds a day. Is this heavy weight loss safe? It is a long as it is conducted under proper controls and with proper and continuing rest. Let me cite here briefly the most striking advantages of fasting for weight reduction:
Safe rapid loss is registered on the fast.
The fast is far more pleasant than the reducing diet— the nagging desire to eat is missing.
Weight loss may be secured without resulting in flabbiness or sagging of the skin and tissues. However, this is not true of elderly persons.
When the overweight individual undergoes a marked reduction of weight, several indications of improved health follow immediately:
Breathing is freer.
There is greater ease of movement.
There is loss of "that tired feeling."
There is a disappearance of the sense of fullness and discomfort in the abdomen.
Symptoms of indigestion cease to annoy.
Other discomforts cease.
Blood pressure is lowered and the load the heart has to carry is lessened."