I agree, don't step on the scale. It becomes obsessive, and if it goes up 3-5lbs it can be discouraging. It shouldn't because it's water. I have a friend who lost 3lbs in a week, and was excited. I was excited for her too! She was eating right and walking more, and in a week felt better. Then a few day's after those 3lbs, she is up 5lbs and got discouraged and upset and wanted to cry. I think it was after her cheat day. I tried telling her that was mostly water weight and the body needs time before it starts burning fat and not get discouraged, and well,,,, I was the bad guy because I didn't know what I was talking about and that a cheat day is deserved, and that I didn't know how hard dieting is, and that I'm not empathetic, LOL. Yet she forgets I struggle with mine the past several years due to the hypoglycemia and know all about water weight gain and loss during cycles. Yet, I went very low carb for half a year. I couldnt cheat at all until I got some regulation back to my pancreas. No Pizza, cookies, fries, wine, etc, any of that. No cheat days for me. Yet somehow I didn't understand how hard it is, LOL.
I too don't really set goals anymore after that intense low carb for months. As long I eat right, stay within a lower end of the carb scale, and exercise, it comes off in due time. And I honestly feel like a million bucks. The JUNK! Omg the junk is my weakness when waves of stress come. There are days I'm to exhausted to ground myself so I have cheese, chips, and wine. OK sometime a frozen pizza. This is what I have to work on more.
I tried fasts, and nearly passed out the first day. When I finally learned of my condition my Dr strongly advised against it. She does admit the health benefits of it, just not with my condition and strongly against me doing it.
If you can do it and are OK on it go for it! Many friends of mine have done them and felt tremendous after. My one friend always suggest's drinking alkaline water for best results on fast, guess regular water didn't produce same results.