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Looser guidelines suggest that up to 10 days is ok for the partial fasts that include some nutrition. For water fasts, however, you should have supervision before attempting a fast longer than 3 days due to rare problems that can occur. See the water fasting page for the particulars on water fasts.How to fast one day a week for weight loss?
According to ISSA, fasting one day a week benefits start with fat loss. Intermittent fasting encourages your body to burn fat because it encourages the production of human growth hormone, or HCG, which helps burn fat as well as helping you to burn lean muscle tissue. A reduced insulin response is also helpful in burning fat, ISSA explains.