After taking my beloved wife to the airport yesterday morning, I realized that I had a perfect opportunity to try out an extended “Fast” without endangering my relationship if my mood got cranky and without needing to refuse the good food she prepares.
So yesterday I ate nothing. It’s now about 36 hours since I last ate, and I’m feeling great: Clear, light, optimistic, energetic. A very welcome change from the heavy, sluggish, abused way I felt after allowing myself to binge on cake, ice cream and/or chocolate several times in the last couple of weeks.
This morning the gym scale said I weigh 182. (Down from my peak of about 235 or so around Jan 2014.)
I believe I’m now in what they call a “Fasted State”. The feeling of being a bit hungry comes and goes – I’m finding it manageable at the moment.
I’m loving the idea that my body has sent my cells the message to “clean house” internally, via autophagy.
I’m also loving the idea that:
- Blood Sugar and Insulin are dropping
- Insulin Resistance is dropping
- Growth Hormone is rising
I tell myself that I want to try working out in this “Fasted State” to get the benefits described by Brad Pilon in Eat Stop Eat.
Update – 48 hours into fast: worked out in a fasted state about 46 hours in, choosing to mostly do exercises that are not part of my regular “big five” program. I wanted to signal my body to maintain my muscle mass and I think I accomplished that. Mind feels sharp and clear – somewhat distracted by occasional hunger, but not too much. Telling myself that what I’m doing is akin to the “cut” phase that bodybuilders often do before a competition.
Update – 58 hours into fast: slept well (88% score on sleep cycle app). Feeling good. Still have some hanging belly fat. Considering the idea of committing to postponing eating until after I’ve completed certain personal goals (hell, I’ll admit it, I’ve been procrastinating at cleaning my office). At the moment, I’m headed off to Pilates…
Update – 60 hours into fast: much improved flexibility and decent strength in a challenging Pilates class. Weight now ~178, vs ~182 before.