Recently I posted on Facebook (in a Facebook group which is focused on fasting) about how my fasting routine these days is generally that I fast 6 days per week, eat one meal, then start fasting for another 6 days. I don’t always do this exactly, but that is my most common routine.
I received a private message from another group member and she had a few questions. I have edited her comment to eliminate any personal information, yet leave her questions so I can share them with those who read my website. Here are the things she asked:
Hello, I saw your comment about fasting for a week and then eating one meal before returning to the fast. I’ve been doing five days fasting and two days eating (weekdays and weekends) for a couple months and I’ve finally plateaued. I was worried that my fasting protocol might have damaged my metabolism. So you don’t feel that you’ve had any negative health effects from eating only one meal a week? Also what were your plateaus like? For the last few weeks I’ve lost about four pounds during the weekdays, and then gained it all back on the weekends (which makes me think it was all water weight). Was that your experience? You said that you broke your plateaus with ten-day fasts. Did this work each time? I am eager for any advice you can give.
Here is my reply to my fellow faster:
Hi, I mix it up. I often do 6 days of fast then one meal. Sometimes I do 6 days of fast and eat for a full day. But, one meal is most common for me between fasts. I believe that mixing it up is good for my body, though, it keeps my body guessing and not adjusting the metabolism to the new routine.
I have plateaued several times on my journey too. When I have hit a plateau, I eventually have done a 10 day fast, and that broke me through each time.
No, I have never felt any negative health effects from fasting, no matter how long. In fact, I almost died last year. I had a heart attack in June 2016 and then a quadruple heart bypass operation in November. Fasting has turned my health around in an unbelievable way. I was diagnosed with diabetes more than 25 years ago (Type 2 of course) and it is gone now.
As for regaining the weight, I have experienced that while fasting as well. However, the “one meal between fasts” routine has really turned that around. I usually eat my one meal on Friday evening. Leading up to the one meal, I will often lose as much as 7 pounds or so. The day after eating a meal, I will often be up about 2 pounds. So, that is a net loss of 5 pounds. After my first day of re-fasting, I will usually be down about 3 pounds, so that re-gain gets wiped out quickly, and I am back on the road to weight loss.
I hope this answers your questions! If you want to hear more about my fasting, I was a guest this week on Jimmy Moore’s Fasting Talk Podcast, which you can find here:
For anybody who is doing fasting, if you have questions, I would be happy to answer the best I can. I am not a doctor, but I have a fair amount of experience with this, and I can relay my personal experiences to you! I am always happy to share experiences with my fellow fasters!