First of all, a huge disclaimer: Please don’t do this unless you’re following the orders of a medical professional. I am NOT a doctor and I don’t play one on the interwebs.
Okay, this is just a first-person account of my first 48-hour fast. I’m not telling everyone to do this so please don’t take it as such.
First of all, it didn’t happen over night. I’ve been on working on switching from carbs to fat as fuel for close to a year now. Switching the source has given me more energy and vitality. It’s not easy though, especially if you eat out or you’re travelling a lot. And no, I didn’t get headaches since I cut out the cravings/sugar a while ago.
After you do some fasts and you become fat adapted, you realize it’s mostly mental. You’re not really hungry but bored or thirsty most of the time. Granted I don’t do monster workouts when I’m fasting so I don’t trigger the hunger pains but I still do longer intensity workouts and I try to keep my activity levels.
If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you know I’ve been working on fat fasted workouts for more than a year and I’m looking forward to more this summer.
All I consume during these days is Bulletproof coffee, tea and water (both still and sparkling). On the longer fasts, I do get some moments where it would feel good to eat. But then I have some water or tea and go do a task to occupy my mind and it goes away.
I plan on doing a 3-day fast in the coming month and then every month or so. It’s been proven to help the immune system and acts as a bit of a cleanse. And those are usually the most productive days around.
A lot of people are asking me why I fast. Most of all, it feels good for me. And yes, it helps with mental clarity and weight loss. But really, it gives me back the control over food, something I’ve struggled with over the years.
There is a lot of research on the topic and not sure if it’s a fad since it’s been done by different religions for thousands of years.
Stay tuned for a post in the coming weeks about some tips on getting in to intermittent fasting, a great way to get into these longer fasts.