Well, I set out to do a 10 Day fast, and I did it!
Day 10 was uneventful as far as any kind of health things. No pains, no hunger, no dizziness or tiredness.
I had a regularly scheduled Doctor Appointment with my Endocrinologist during Day 10. I will say that the appointment went VERY well, and I will be writing a lot more about that this coming week.
On Day 9 I forgot to post my weight results! So, I will include that today.
Day 9 Weight: 272.4. Down 1 pound since Day 8.
Day 10 Weight: 272.0. Down .4 pounds since Day 9.
Total weight lost during the 10 Day Fast: 9.6 pounds.
I consider that to be a great success, 9.6 pounds lost in 10 days.
After the Fast
When the fast was completed, I had a very small “mean”. Two meatballs with tomato sauce. I had intended to break the fast with very light things like a bit of soup and such, but I felt that my stomach could handle a small amount of a heavier food, so I tried it, and it was no problem.
During the fast, I kept thinking about Sashimi (Tuna Sashimi) and thought I’d like to have some after the fast was finished, so a couple hours after the meatballs I had some nice Sashimi, and I really enjoyed that a lot. With the Sashimi I ate some squash, which was also quite nice.
That was all I ate in the evening after the fast.
The Day After
As I write this, it is Sunday morning, the day after ending the fast. I have not eaten breakfast, and am not going to eat breakfast today. I did not eat after about 8 PM last night, so I will probably end up fasting for about 16 hours before I eat lunch this afternoon. For lunch, I am going to eat fish breaded in Almond Flour. Then around 7 PM, I will eat Salad in a tortilla made with Almond Flour, Psyllium Husk, and Flax Seeds. All very healthy (non-carb) ingredients.
The following days
So, I ate a bit on Saturday night after the 10-day clock came to an end. I will eat 2 meals today, Sunday. After 7:30 or so tonight, I am starting a 5 day fast.
I decided to cut back to 5 days instead of 10 this time for a few reasons:
- It is coming right on the tail of a 10 day fast.
- I feel that 5 days will be my “standard” fasting time going forward, with only occasional longer fasts.
- My body wants to fast more.
- I am energized to keep it going.
I am really feeling great, and that is one of the main reasons that I have decided to go straight into another fast. I have gotten good feedback from my medical team, which encourages and energizes me too. Looking forward to having a nice day today with some meals that will be delicious. However, I am just as excited to get back to the coming 5 days fast!
When I go into the 5 days fast, I am not going to post daily blog posts about it. I did it for the 10 days fast because it was my first time to do a prolonged fast like this, and I expected that there might be some interesting things happening. Now, though, going 5 days of fasting at a time, I don’t expect that it will be exciting enough to write about. I will only post updates if there is anything “out of the norm” to report. I will, however, write a “post fast” article when it is over to update on how things went for me.
So, for now, and the foreseeable future, I plan to fast Mondays through Fridays, and eat on the weekends.
Good Job Bob
Thank you Michael!
Great job Bob Martin. Let me know if you experience any bounce back, or loss plateau. I’m at day four right now and will break fast tomorrow. So far the results are 4 lbs drop in weight, but no drop in fat loss according to my hand held fat analyzer
but I’m glad its working for you
Hi Michael. Hmm.. I wonder how accurate that analyzer is? It would seem for sure that you have lost some fat. I would say that nearly 100% of my weight loss was fat, because I have already been doing intermittent fasting for over a month, and have been in ketosis for several months, so the water loss should have already happened. I hope it works well for you! Keep pushing!
I’m starting to wonder now if it was all water…after all, I have been going pee an awful lot
Water does have a huge impact! During the fast, I weighed myself multiple times per day so that I could see how the variations were. I could really tell when I had drank a fair amount of water!
Great job, Bob! This is so encouraging! Ed has decided he wants to do some IF too, so we began our first 18 hour fast today! 🙂 He usually does an ‘all or nothing’ approach. so this is something we can do together.
Thank you, Luanne! I wish you and Ed the best of luck with your fasting trial! Ed is Type 1, so a lot of what I have been posting does not directly apply to him, just make sure he does the research on that! 🙂
Yes, we have!
I wish Ed the best of luck!
Bob Martin Thanks!
That’s great Bob! I have never tried a fast but I am definitely thinking of it. I have dropped some weight just by cutting down on sugary foods!
Hi Doug. I found the fast very much a learning experience and a cleansing experience. Cleansing physically and also mentally. I think it is a good thing for people to do from time to time, but it is a personal decision. Good luck whatever you try!
Bob I suggest you do a little studying up on the need for your body to constantly replace and rebuild it’s lean body tissue. When you are not eating carbs but eating proteins and fats, your body breaks down your fat cells to get carbs and uses them along with the proteins and fats to rebuild the cells in your body. For instance your eyes and heart mussels. VISIBLE Proof of this is that On the LCHF diet you have been on, your skin will more or less retain its elasticity and shrink to your new body size. On a fast the body breaks down the good and the bad cells but can not rebuild the good cells as there is nothing to rebuild them with. I am not disputing that the Fast may have been very beneficial to you but I do worry that you need to give your lean body tissue every opportunity to continue to regenerate, which it does on the Keto diets.
Hi Loren – I have talked with several different doctors about this. I am assured that there are two things to consider on this. First, that the fat in my body already has plenty of nutrients to replenish my body. Second that taking a multivitamin daily is a good way to ensure that there are no problem. I don’t have any worries about nutrition while fasting, I think I am well covered. Thank you for your concern, though.
Actually, your body can use your fat to rebuild muscle tissue! The process is called “Autophagy“. Through Autophagy your body burns down protein cells that have become damaged and it rebuilds these cells so that you have fresh new cells. Autophagy actually kicks in big time while fasting! One of the Nobel awards in 2016 went to scientists who came up with and did deep study of autophagy. Your body uses fat it burns in conjunction with Growth Hormone (which is produced in massive quantities while fasting) to make this autophagy process happen!
That sound reasonable. Never heard that theory before. If the research has been done on it that is good. Wishing you much success.
I was not referring to the IF as you body still gets the proteins and fats it needs to rebuild lean body tissue once a day. It is the regular longer periods of fasting that I have doubts about. As for the keto diet, show me a failure on it and I will show you someone that has ate too many carbs. I have failed more than once.
I understand, Loren!
And by chance (?) your fast came during Lent. Charming!
I am not Catholic, so the fast was not related to religion.
Congrats Bob your Keto intermittent fasting diet is the best IMHO and your results are impressive proof of that.
Thank you Phillip. I agree that Keto with IF is a great way to go. It has done wonders for my health!
Fasting is one of the best things you can do for your body. Juice fasting with fresh squeezed juice like carrot juice is also wonderful for your health.
I was told by my doctor to stay away from juicing. too high in sugars…just sayin
I agree with what you’re saying, except the juice part. Juices very high in carbs, I don’t need carbs because it damages my diabeetus. Changing doctors won’t change that. But I agree that fasting is very good for you, I know it has been for me.
Good job! If I ever did a 10 day fast I would be skin and bones and with my workouts, I would need energy.
I would imagine you’re right about that Randy.
Bob Martin The changing doctors comment was not aimed at you
Great job Sir……..
Bidi,bidi, bidi………. that’s all folks!
Haha, thank you Patrick.
Keep it down will be harder to do.
I intended this low-carb eating style will be my new lifestyle. They say that as long as you stay with that type of Lifestyle it should be easy to keep the weight off. Will have to see though.
Believe me Bob, it’s easy to say, but hard to do. But I believe you will do it because you have enough love to want to keep on doing it.
Best I can do is try my best. I could just say well forget about it, just going to put the weight back on again. But that’s not what I plan to do.
good to hear Bob..
Bruce Tremendous Paddle
Tremendous! good work Bob! you’re a champ!
Well… I don’t know about a champ, I just do my best! 🙂 Thanks, Bruce.
Great job Bob, I’m in awe
Thank you Robert.
Why do the Philippines. Keep having brown outs don’t they realize it cost them millions in revenue. Don’t get it
This post is about fasting and diet. I’m not sure what electricity has to do with it? Am I missing something?
wooww! great Bob!
Thank you Coi.
I will start with a fast for about 4 hours. That’s all the will power I have. Seriously good job Bob.
Thanks Al. It’s not ready will power in my view, the fasting wasn’t really very hard because my body was in ketosis and burning fat.