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Re: 5 Day fast next week; 15 day fast started today!
« Reply #100 on: April 21, 2017, 01:07:44 AM »
I ended up breaking the fast with small cubes of watermelon and about 20 cashews. It filled me up. For some reason my throat was sore when I ate.
I ended up going to a sushi place and getting this delicious sushi. We are very frugal, so this was a treat! My wife is a great cook. We have made sushi before, and it took forever!
Now that I have more energy, I am going to continue running. I was running about 75 miles a month before this fast. I didn't have the energy to even attempt it during the fast though. I think I might do a 3 day fast next week. I have to see what my weight is in a couple of days to see what my "actual" weight is.
Thanks for the support.

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Re: 5 Day fast next week; 15 day fast started today!
« Reply #101 on: April 22, 2017, 01:44:15 AM »
I can't wait to be done. I have been thinking about food non-stop. I'm not hungry though. I am not at 100% mental capacity though. I am having problems concentrating.
If I had a mentally easier job, it would have been much easier.

I find dieting to low bodyfat levels does that in general, whether you get there by intermittent fasting, keto, high-carb, etc. caloric deficit, you just can't focus while the "fat burning" is happening.

So if you have an intellectually demanding job, it will make things harder to lose weight. Sometimes I suspect it's not the lack of exercise that makes white collar types fat, but the intellectual stimulation that makes them hungry -- they can't get in a caloric deficit and function normally. If you're willing to lose a few IQ points without stressing, dieting suddenly becomes much more bearable.

No wonder all the fitness youtubers / instagrammers are all doing ONLY fitness (and youtube), of course they're in shape. Don't overestimate that advantage. That's a good reason to FIRE actually, it is so much easier to be healthy when not working.

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Re: 5 Day fast next week; 15 day fast started today!
« Reply #102 on: April 24, 2017, 09:26:44 AM »
That's funny, I have no problems with mental focus during intermittent fasting and keto, and I have an intellectually demanding job.  That's because I'm doing keto, not something else.

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Re: 5 Day fast next week; 15 day fast started today!
« Reply #103 on: April 24, 2017, 10:52:11 AM »
That's funny, I have no problems with mental focus during intermittent fasting and keto, and I have an intellectually demanding job.  That's because I'm doing keto, not something else.

Are you a muscular < 10% bodyfat? If you're a fat ass, a caloric deficit is a lot more manageable. There's a reason you don't see too many shredded chemical engineers walking around the office.

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Re: 5 Day fast next week; 15 day fast started today!
« Reply #104 on: April 24, 2017, 12:04:53 PM »
I am less of a fat ass than I was when I started I/F and keto.  Carried it mostly around the belly.  I'm having to get my suits altered because of the lost inches around the waistline. 

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Re: 5 Day fast next week; 15 day fast started today!
« Reply #105 on: April 28, 2017, 08:03:42 AM »
24 hour fast today.  I'm maintaining weight and waistline at this point, hoping the body gets used to this as the new normal.

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Re: 5 Day fast next week; 15 day fast started today!
« Reply #106 on: April 30, 2017, 09:35:05 AM »
Some great stories here. Think I'll join in!

Just finished "Complete guide to fasting" and have read Dr. Fung's other books. I managed a 17 hour fast last week, and completed a 24 hour fast yesterday. I'm going to do another couple of one day fasts, then shoot for a 5 day fast.

In the meantime, I'm looking at doing IF. Will probably skip breakfast and lunch, and eat when I arrive home at 3. My goal is to not eat at work--I have a demanding job, and there is a constant parade of bad food choices on display in the staff room. So If I can avoid the staff room completely it would probably be doable.

Five summers ago, I did IF and dropped almost 50 lbs. Stressful relationship put it back on. :-(

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Re: 5 Day fast next week; 15 day fast started today!
« Reply #107 on: April 30, 2017, 09:41:31 AM »
I'm interested in fasting.

I did a 49 hour fast 4/19 - 4/21 and did a 96 hour fast last week.

The 96 hour one was easier than I thought it would be--but I was definitely ready to eat at the end (was watching the clock, as I wanted to get 4 full days in).

I plan to do another fast this week--probably a 72 hour one.

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Re: 5 Day fast next week; 15 day fast started today!
« Reply #108 on: May 03, 2017, 09:41:28 PM »
I'm interested in fasting.

I did a 49 hour fast 4/19 - 4/21 and did a 96 hour fast last week.

The 96 hour one was easier than I thought it would be--but I was definitely ready to eat at the end (was watching the clock, as I wanted to get 4 full days in).

I plan to do another fast this week--probably a 72 hour one.

Good luck with your efforts!

I think fasting is gaining in popularity as we realize:

a. It's doable
b. It's actually healthy (if nothing else it gives our body a break for a while, there IS a metabolic cost to eating....)
c. It's been done throughout history
d. If it was good enough for Socrates/other notables in history, it's probably good enough for us...

What else could be simpler, don't put stuff in your mouth and the body will heal itself given enough time...

My wife started a 10 day fast Monday, I'm waiting for the weekend to start a 72 hour. I have a big exam next Wed and I want to go into it with mental clarity and energy, so I'll fast 3 days first, screw the "bowl of oatmeal/healthy breakfast" concept. By NOT using up energy to digest food, I'll be in a prime mental state.

Take care

Thanks for your comments, infromsea.  The fast I started last Sunday night only lasted 38 hours.  I was a bit disappointed in myself for breaking it so soon.  Might start another one tomorrow and try for several days.  This Sunday night, I will be prepping for a colonoscopy, so I'll have to be fasting for that anyway.

10 days!!  That sounds incredible to me.  Kudos to your wife.  Has she done one of that length before?

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Re: 5 Day fast next week; 15 day fast started today!
« Reply #109 on: May 04, 2017, 05:12:01 AM »
Wow--18 days is amazing!

Just to be clear, how do you and your DW define fasting?

I told someone last week that I was fasting and mentioned that I was drinking coffee, and she gave me a surprised look.  She said something like, "Oh, you're drinking coffee?  Well, then maybe I could fast for that long as well."  I wasn't sure what she meant, exactly, but she's a bit peculiar anyway...

When I fast, I allow myself to drink water, tea, and coffee--very rarely do I drink anything other than those things anyway.  And I eat nothing.

You (and your DW) have definitely inspired me to try for longer fasts--so thanks!

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Re: 5 Day fast next week; 15 day fast started today!
« Reply #110 on: May 04, 2017, 05:28:09 AM »
I am 39 hours in to a longer fast (have not decided how long is long). I just read Jason Fung's The Complete Guide to Fasting.  He encourages people with a lot of weight to lose, or with diabetes, to start with a 7-14 day fast.  I'm not so sure I will be doing that, but I am hoping to go for a few more days!

94 - Dr Fung says you can have water, tea, coffee and that it doesn't matter if you add 1T of chia seeds or flax or cream or coconut oil to your drinks.  He also encourages drinking bone broth for the salt (although I know neither of us will be doing that.). But maybe some veggie broth?  I tried the Tbsp of chia seeds yesterday in some Bengal Spice tea.  It was pleasant

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Re: 5 Day fast next week; 15 day fast started today!
« Reply #111 on: May 04, 2017, 09:48:12 AM »
I fast twice weekly, between 24 and 36 hours. It certainly ain't 21 days, but I keep losing this thread, so I'm p2f.

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Re: 5 Day fast next week; 15 day fast started today!
« Reply #112 on: May 05, 2017, 01:51:55 PM »
On a 30 hour fast now, feels great.  We just ordered Dr. Fung's book, looking forward to it.

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Re: 5 Day fast next week; 15 day fast started today!
« Reply #113 on: May 05, 2017, 06:43:56 PM »
76 hours and I feel utterly exhausted.  Not hungry, just exhausted.  Walking the dogs tonight was like walking through quicksand.  Debating in my mind how long to keep going.