Well yesterday I did a full day (actually 36 hours in total) of only consuming water and herbal tea. No food or calories of any type. To find out more about the reasons and lead up to my water fast click here. Below I've written a sort of diary of the day.
- 7:30am woke up. I totally slept in. Good thing though the girls had eaten breakfast and I had to hustle to drive the kid to school so no time to even think about breakfast. Normally I’d have stopped somewhere if I missed breakfast but not today! Drank glass of water.
- 8:30am made some green tea in a thermos and drove to get my hair cut
- 9:45am at work, drank green tea and did some work on the computer. Not at all hungry. That seems weird.
- 12:00pm had some fennel tea (If you’ve never had it I highly recommend it), I’m assuming that’s ok. Had lunch with others, and their food didn’t bother me, though they were meat dishes so not really something that would entice my appetite. Still not particularly hungry. Feel better so far than I did on day one which is surprising.
- 3:00pm driving home to grab some things I need for a work meeting. Really interested in the feeling I’m having. I feel completely normal, not a single hunger craving.
- 5:00pm, work meeting done, heading home anticipating the food smells from dinner will be challenging.
- 7:00pm. Turns out the food wasn’t a problem and I’m still not hungry. Starting to think about food more around curiosity of m lack of hunger. Decided to have a relaxing bath and finish a baseball book I’ve been reading.
- 9:00pm. Finished up the video about today and uploaded it to YouTube. I wasn’t really feeling it, in a way it seems my lack of trouble with the day was a bit of a buzzkill. I expected the struggle and when it didn’t come I was equally relieved and let down.
- 1:30am. Woke up hungry! Not horribly hungry, but definitely desiring a snack. I had a drink of water and went back to bed.
- 6:00 am. Fasted for roughly 36 hours now. Had a banana and went on an easy 6km run with my wife. Noticed a somewhat elevated heart rate (didn’t think to wear a heart monitor) but otherwise it was unremarkable. No struggle with moderate exercise even fasted. I’ll assume the banana had no time to get in my bloodstream until near the end of the run despite it being fairly high in sugars.
- 7:30am. Breakfast! 6 plums and a berry/green smoothie. Tasted like heaven, but not something I was desperate for.
To be clear, I’m not doing his as a diet! You can see my last post for a longer explanation, but I thought it might be interesting information around how much weight I’ve lost. 7 pounds in 3 days. That’s a rapid rate of weight loss. It’s unlikely that was all fat, it was probably some muscle. I do not recommend fasting as a means to lose weight as it’s unsustainable, you are likely to rebound quickly and it’s unlikely you lose as much fat as you’d hoped. There are some great arguments that it may slow your resting metabolic rate hurting your long term ability to maintain a lower weight. Also for athletes it would be difficult to train in a meaningful way while fasted for any length of time and in particular recover adequately.