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Irish doctor warns new diet trend ‘dry fasting’ is ‘dangerous and deliberately nonsensical’

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 23/05/2020 Aoibhin Bryant
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From celebrities to medical professionals, intermittent fasting has been toted as an effective method to both lose weight and improve health.

Although fasting was usually done for religious and spiritual reasons, many are now forgoing meals in the morning and evenings and consuming their calories during a ‘window period’.

Although plenty of benefits have been spouted off for the popular trend, others have taken the fasting to the extreme and preached about ‘dry fasting’ — where you abstain from drinking water.

a bowl of fruit on a plate: From celebrities to medical professionals, intermittent fasting has been toted as an effective method to both lose weight and improve health — but there’s a new fasting fad called dry fasting that’s interested some. Pic: Getty Images © Provided by Extra.ie From celebrities to medical professionals, intermittent fasting has been toted as an effective method to both lose weight and improve health — but there’s a new fasting fad called dry fasting that’s interested some. Pic: Getty Images

Dry fasting involves consuming no water for many hours or even days at a time.

An Austrian social media influencer, Sophie Prana, has cut out water from her diet completely for what she claims are ‘health’ and ‘environmental’ reasons.

Prana, who has more than 18,000 followers on Instagram and 2,300 subscribers on Youtube, has claimed that she relies on the water from fruits to stay hydrated as it is ‘living water’.

a woman sitting at a fruit stand: An Austrian social media influencer, Sophie Prana, has preached about dry fasting where she has cut out water from her diet completely for ‘health’ and ‘environmental’ reasons. Pic: Sophie Prana/Instagram © Provided by Extra.ie An Austrian social media influencer, Sophie Prana, has preached about dry fasting where she has cut out water from her diet completely for ‘health’ and ‘environmental’ reasons. Pic: Sophie Prana/Instagram

Dr Chris Luke has urged everyone to keep drinking water no matter what ‘people are trying to sell you’.

‘The truth is, a lot of us are unknowingly medically dehydrated and we should be drinking more water — not less,’ Dr. Chris Luke, who is a consultant in emergency medicine at Mercy university Hospital, told Extra.ie.

‘What these people are promoting is dangerous and deliberately nonsensical for the sake of being controversial,’ he continued.

a close up of a man making a face for the camera: Dr. Chris Luke has advised against dry fasting and said many people are unknowingly ‘medically unhydrated’. Pic: Getty Images © Provided by Extra.ie Dr. Chris Luke has advised against dry fasting and said many people are unknowingly ‘medically unhydrated’. Pic: Getty Images

‘There’s scarcely any reason not to drink more water except if you’re strung-out on MDMA and suffering from water intoxication.’

Dr Chris has also said that the first thing you should do if feeling exhausted or having a headache is to drink a glass of water.

Although against dry fasting, Dr. Chris mentioned the benefits of periodic fasting, calling it the ‘grandmother diet’.

a woman drinking from a glass: Instead of dry fasting, Dr. Chris Luke has said your first step should be drinking a glass of water if you’re feeling exhausted or suffering from a headache. Pic: Getty Images © Provided by Extra.ie Instead of dry fasting, Dr. Chris Luke has said your first step should be drinking a glass of water if you’re feeling exhausted or suffering from a headache. Pic: Getty Images

‘Our grandparents would largely fast on Fridays except for fish

‘Consuming only around 500 calories for one day a week is not going to do any harm,’ he said. ‘But of course, listen to your body.’

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