Here’s my recap of my 36 hour fast. In NO WAY am I trying to persuade anyone to undergo something as extreme as this. If you’re interested in doing something like this, do your research. This is just my story time.
Guys and gals. I just completed a 36 hour fast. A 36 HOUR FAST! I’m typing this out while happily digesting my first meal (lunch) after all those hours. Feels good, man.
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that I’m crazy.
And to that, in my best Barry White impression, I reply, “Sho’ you right.”
Why I Did It
This decision to deprive myself of delicious trinkets kind of did, yet kind of didn’t, come on a whim.
For a few years, I have known about Intermittent Fasting (or IF). In a nutshell, IF is not a true fast where one doesn’t consume anything that contains calories. With IF, one would fast for a good chunk of the day and then eat a meal or two within a certain window within that day. This can do wonders for weight loss. If you’re in a stall, some people use IF to jump-start their weight loss again.
So, after doing more recent research and reading about others’ antidotes and experiences, I decided that I would try out a complete fast for at least 24 hours. Also, there are apparently plenty of benefits: regulating insulin levels, dropping blood pressure, and others. The bottom line is that ya girl wants to drop a few quick pounds and look sleek in elegant in my bathing suits this weekend.
There. That’s the main vain (get it?), my friends. 😛
How It Went Down
After completing my last meal at around 11:40 pm Sunday (5/6/17) night, I woke up the next day and told myself that I would shoot for a fast for the day. Walking out of the house to head to work without my lunch bag was a little weird.
I did bring my trusty 32 oz double-insulated water bottle. I aimed to drink a gallon of water. (I did that successfully, by the way). Water is so important as-is, but while undergoing something as shocking as a fast, you’d think that you better drink more of it. You aren’t eating anything, after all.
As a normal routine at work, I poured a cup of coffee. Instead of adding my heavy whipping cream that I normally add, I omitted that and just opted for a pack of zero-calorie sweetener. Towards the end of my work day, I poured up another cup of coffee. I needed that energy because I eventually headed to the fitness studio that I frequent to put in an hour of cardio. (Something I normally wouldn’t advise, but once again, I am crazy.) I got through it fine, by the way. I didn’t exert myself too much. Just went through the motions.
How I Felt
Surprisingly, I felt fine. The day went a whole lot smoother than I thought it would have gone. I thought I was going to go crazy while thinking about food. I thought I was going to end up slumped over with headaches and hunger pangs. That wasn’t the case. With this whole keto thing, my body now uses fat, instead of glucose, as its primary source of fuel. I believe that that had A LOT to do with why I didn’t have too much of a problem with hunger throughout the day. I noticed that after going back to a low-carb high-fat way of eating, my hunger has reduced quite a bit, and so, I took that as one of the go-aheads to try the fast.
Sure, I did have issues with hunger, but it wasn’t unbearable at all. When I felt it coming on, I would just chug my water. I also found that the two cups of coffee that I consumed thwarted the hunger a bit. Smelling other’s microwaved food was a little rough, but I just kept on drinking that water.
Here’s something that I didn’t expect: I had lots of energy and mental clarity. It was weird. I actually wanted to be at work. I had this sense of calm overcome me as I sat at my desk. Towards the end of the day, I wanted to move around and get things done. It. Was. Weird.
What was also weird was that I slept like a baby starting at around 11 pm, but just like I experienced the previous day, I woke up with a bunch of energy and I was not hungry at all.
Would I Do This Again
I’m leaning towards a medium “yes”. Although I didn’t have too much of a hard time going through with it, I don’t think I will be going as extreme as a water fast too often. I’m really proud of myself to actually go through it, however. It took lots of discipline, and that reinforced within me that I hold the power to how I want things to go in my life. With that being said, I really like the convenience and benefits found with IF, and I think I will convert to that way of eating (or not eating harharhar) in the very near future.
More on Keto Intermitted Fasting from Ruled.me: “Intermittent Fasting on a Keto Diet”