In a couple of my videos last week, I mentioned to you guys that I had embarked on a 20 day fast. Well… I did not make it 20 days!
On the afternoon of Day 7, I was feeling tired, so I laid down to take a nap. When I woke up and was really feeling bad. I felt tired and with muscle aches. At that point, I decided to cut off the fast early, and I ate a meal that day, then ate two meals the next day.
Since then, though, I have been back to fasting again. As of now, when writing this (just before publication) I am on day 3. I am feeling much better.
For this fast, in my mind, I am shooting for a 6 day fast, which will bring me until Thursday of this week. But, I also play it by ear and based on how I am feeling. I may stretch it longer than that, or I may eat one meal in the middle, we will just have to see.
During the 7 day fast that I ended last week, I lost about 8 pounds, but after eating again, I gained about 4 pounds back. This is quite normal because when you are fasting you shed a lot of fluids from your system, so you lose significant water weight, and that is regained quickly when you start eating again. Dr. Fung always says that you should expect a fat loss of about a half pound per day while fasting. Since I lost 8 lb and gained back 4 lb with the water that I regained, that means a 4 lb loss in 7 days which is pretty much in line with the half pound per day of fat loss.
I never feel guilty or feel that I have failed if I cut off a fast early. I still lost a net 4 lb in those 7 days of fasting, and that is a win! I did not cut off the fast due to a lack of ability to do it, I cut the fast off because I was not feeling well, which, in my mind, is the proper way to do it. You have to listen to what your body is telling you!
So, I keep venturing forward on fasting and losing weight. We’ll see how it goes this week!