Back on February 14, 2017, I started a program of Intermittent Fasting, in conjunction with my Ketogenic diet.
At that time, I would fast 19 hours per day, and I would eat two meals between 2 PM and 7 PM each day. I did not “gorge out” or go wild with eating, but I did eat as much as I wanted. Truth is the amount eaten was actually less than I would have eaten during those meals regularly, just because I did not want more.
After a week or two, I found myself enjoying the Intermittent Fasting, and I decided to increase the Fasting to 23 hours per day, and I would just eat dinner between 6 PM and 7 PM, the rest of the day I would fast.
During the day on March 15, I decided that I wanted to do a 10 day fast with no meals at all during those days. So, I went for it. I did not eat dinner that night, and I was able to continue it for 10 days.
During this time, I got a lot of very positive feedback from people that I know online. I also got a good amount of negative feedback! Several people told me that I was crazy. I was going to the extreme. I had lost my mind. I was going to die. I was killing myself. I heard it all.
I understand that many people think that eating at regular intervals is something that our bodies need, that is how we have been programmed over the last 50 years or so. But, over thousands of years of history, people have fasted for long periods for many reasons:
- Religious Fasts (nearly every religion has fasting periods during the year)
- Forced Fasts due to no food being available (during the hunter/gatherer days)
- Many Animals fast for long periods (bears hibernate for months)
Dr. Jason Fung is probably one of the world’s leading experts when it comes to fasting for medical reasons. Recently, Dr. Fung wrote a book called The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate Day, and Extended Fasting. For this book, Dr. Fung had a co-author, Jimmy Moore. Both Fung and Moore do fasting. Jimmy Moore used to weigh 408 pounds, but now he is a normal weight. He did it through a combination of Ketogenic Diet and Fasting. Watch this interview with Fung and Moore:
I find both of these men very inspirational.
Through Fasting, I have found out a lot about myself. I can actually feel my body healing. I can feel my health getting better. My medical tests confirm that my body is healing and getting better. I attribute these improvements to fasting. I can see no other changes I have made that would have these positive effects on my health.
So, do you fear fasting? I used to fear that I could not do it, I never thought I could fast even one day. But, actually I find it quite easy! Little hunger is involved at all. No real cravings. So, do I fear fasting? Do I think that it is going to kill me? No way. It is not going to hurt me at all, in fact it is helping me get better!