OK, so I have had a problem with stress over the last 2-3 years and have subsequently gained about 24 pounds in the last year. The doctor says it's stress triggering a hormonal imbalance (which is causing more stress) ,

But, I have seen in the past a number of people in the media who have fasted to lose weight (remember when Charlize Theron gained all that weight (45pds)for that movie Monster and lost it in 6 weeks and when Renee Zelleweger did the same thing for the B. Jones series??) and I wondered if anyone on the boards has ever tried this with success.

My normal weight over 30has always been between 105-115, and have always been thin my whole life, but with this unexpected (and unexplained) weight gain, I thought maybe drastic measures were called for (I am a vegetarian--so it can't be food related), so I thought a cleansing fast for 6months might work for me like it has for the other women who needed to lose more than 10 or 15 pds.

I have noticed that a few larger weightloss patients have done a medically supervised fast (the lady from ER) with success and am thinking of taking the plunge.

Has anyone tried it with success and is it safe.

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!