I’ve written several times about the use of periodic fasting days to counteract our periodic feast days as well as health benefits of fasting from the perspective of supposed cancer fighting and potentially longevity. I’ve also mentioned fasting as a means of accomplishing weight loss too. Now that I’m a couple months into that practice, I figured I’d show what that actually looks like.
When starting off on this alternate day fasting experiment, I was expecting fasting days to be brutally difficult. I’m a person that often can’t go more than a couple hours without putting some kind of food in my mouth. It’s like a reflex. When I’m being healthy it may be carrots, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, or other healthy food. When I’m not, it’s mini-candy bars, pretzels, candy, and other sweets. Breaking that cycle was one of the main things I’m trying to accomplish with the alternate day fasting experiment. While there is a longing for indulging those impulses I’m not feeling true hunger, but when was I ever really?
I guess this week will be the official start of this fasting experiment. Last week I got one day in, and it went a lot smoother than I thought it would. But travel and a family wedding made carrying it through unrealistic. This week I have no such constraints, but allergies and self-sabotage were definitely lurking behind the scenes.
I’ve been fixated on fasting a lot over the past year. This isn’t some starvation diet fixation, although it can be used for losing weight too as I am about to lay out. This is on the potential health benefits of doing moderate fasting, intermittent up to a few days, for things like cutting cancer or diabetes risk. A month ago I ended my “exercise only” diet experiment with good results on changes in body composition and biomarkers. Unfortunately the intervening month I didn’t continue the plan at all so I backtracked a little . Wanting to try to jump start things again I’m looking at doing an experiment that ties in fasting as a regular protocol.