EDIT: Please read my Nearly 3 Years Later: 3 Broken Bones & 200+ Pounds - The Long-Term Effects of Juice Fasting update before considering juice fasting. I hope that my experience will provide you with real-world information about long-term juicing.
It's been almost six months since I ended my last 40-day juice fast, so I figured I would stop by to let you all know how it's been going.
First, I started lifting weights - heavy weights. I learned from reading New Rules of Lifting for Women that low weights/high reps doesn't work. The more research I do, the more I learn that the only way to really burn fat on a consistent basis is to build muscle since it's the muscle that metabolizes the fat. Sure there are many more variables and this is a blanket statement, but let me show you what has happened since ending the fast - especially since I have been promising you before and after pictures.
The first picture is of me in June of 2011. I think I was ~165-170lbs.
The second picture is one month or so after my fast. I was ~145-150lbs.
The third picture is of me last month, mid-August 2012, which was about 5 months after the second picture was taken. I was ~155lbs. Yes, 10 pounds heavier! But as you can see I am more toned and less squishy, though I wish those thighs would go away first.
I have had some incredible (and hot) women take me under their wings and are guiding me through the weightlifting/ body building process. No, I am not trying to bulk, but I am trying to build muscle, which leads to burning fat. It also leads to bones that are more dense as well as a better heart not that there was anything wrong with my heart. Also, I had to come to terms with the fact that getting the body that I really want will take a minimum of two years. Yes, years. It's like my friend's personal trainer told her when she asked how long it would take her to look like a Baywatch babe, "How long did it take you to get where you are now?"
The biggest success I have had is that I am no longer weighing myself daily. With muscle weighing more than fat, it was really messing with my head. Other benefits include being able to actually do push ups. After my fast I could not do one. I had no idea I was so weak. Now, not only can I do them, but I can do them while my lower legs are on the swiss exercise ball. And I just did 44 of those swiss ball push ups the other day! From 0 to 44. Amazing.
Regarding hair loss, I had another round of it. This is only the second time going through this process, but I suspect it is because this was the second 40-day fast that I did 100% correctly. My hair just stopped falling out last week, and it was falling out for ~6 weeks. It was not as horrible as the first time. It will be interesting to see what happens next.
I have enjoyed receiving your feedback and insight. For example, some have sent me new information about the kombucha teas that I didn't have while fasting. Those posts were updated with the new information. Thank you!
I am glad that I finished the fast, because once again it wiped the slate clean for me. My head is clear and I feel great. And now that I am lifting, I am stronger than ever.