Why start fasting with a four day fast?

Most people fast just to lose weight, but I’m fasting for other reasons as well, and a longer fast as a starting point is a good way to begin.

A longer fast is kind of like diving in at the deep end – and I’ve always been a diving in at the deep end kind of person! A longer fast will give me stronger results and get things kick started a whole lot better than just fasting for a few hours.

I mean, how hard can it be to go without food for four days?

I guess I want to find out!

I figured I’d start with the goal of four days. If I really couldn’t do it, then I’d stop. But I think I can probably do it. At the moment, halfway through, I feel like I can do it.

WHY FAST AT ALL?

ALLERGIES: Fasting is reputed to really help with skin and allergic disorders, which I’ve dealt with for a lot of my life. My skin is allergic to pretty much everything, and I get hayfever and other allergies as well. I figure a break without eating can’t hurt me too badly. It might even help.

TYPE 2 DIABETES: Fasting is supposed to prevent and even cure Type 2 diabetes. I don’t have diabetes – yet – but I know I am a sitting duck for it, as a close relative has the disease and was diagnosed with it at roughly my age. I don’t want to go down that path.

IMMUNE ISSUES: Fasting is also meant to help with immune issues, and with the coronavirus (wuhan virus / covid 19) going around at the moment, I want to make sure my immune system is as healthy as possible. We’re currently in lockdown here in New Zealand, but we’ll shortly be ending that, and I do not want to fall sick with the virus if I can help it. Fasting should help me improve my immune system and strengthen up against any nasties coming my way.

LOSE WEIGHT: Of course, I also want to lose a bit of weight. It would be really great to get back down to the weight I was when I was a bit younger. Fasting enables people to lose weight without slowing their metabolism. I’ve done the yoyo dieting thing, and found out just how fast my metabolism can slow! I don’t want to lose weight, only to regain it, which has been my experience up until now.

22 April: Still Day 2 of my first fast

They say time goes slow when you’re fasting.

It’s true.

It’s the middle of the afternoon. While I’m not exactly hungry. food is there at the back of my mind. I know I’m going to complete this four day fast that I’ve set myself, mainly because I don’t like to fail. But that doesn’t mean it is going to be easy.

Right now, if I could eat, I would. I’m not going to, but I would. Ironically, something that helped me when I was going through another phase like this (when I was finding things difficult) was thinking about What Exactly I would Eat Right Now If I Could Eat Anything In The World.

The answer made me realise I wasn’t actually hungry. Because there were a lot of things I would like to eat, but nothing I was absolutely desperate to eat. I figure if I’m not absolutely desperate to eat anything, then I’m managing okay and not starving. Yet.

HUNGER COMES IN WAVES

Hunger definitely comes in waves, and for me the worst waves seem to hit mid-afternoon (i.e. NOW) and evening time when my family are eating and I am not.

The good thing about hunger waves is, you know they will pass. The bad thing is you start to learn when the next one is likely to start, and they’re not exactly a welcome thing.

I’m new to fasting, and I have been told that the hunger does subside over time, and fasting does get easier. I’m hoping that’s true for me. I think it will be.

22 April: My first fast – Day 2

Here I am, enjoying my first fast, day 2.

Day 1 was not too bad in the end. I wasn’t as hungry as I expected to be, and when I was I was able to manage it.

The times I was hungry coincided with lunch (particularly just before lunch), mid afternoon, and just around dinner time. I also felt like snacking when I was sitting in front of the TV in the evening and, of course, I couldn’t snack!

I think a lot of the hunger I felt was habitual, rather than actual hunger. I was hungry because I expected to be hungry, and hungry because I expected food at those particular times. I also felt hungry because my hands had nothing to do. That sounds stupid, but it’s the best I can think of right now.

Rapid weight loss

I’ve lost 3 kgs (6.6 pounds) since I started, which is unbelievable. I know it’s mostly water weight, but I like to think of it as my body clearing all the debris out.

If that wasn’t enough to inspire me, I don’t know what would be!

Excellent sleep – with dreams

And here’s a random thing I didn’t expect – I slept incredibly well last night, better than I have in ages. I went to bed early, and zonked out pretty much right away. I dreamed a lot too – just weird stuff – but I can’t remember dreaming for a long time. This all might be random stuff, but I’m noting it down anyway.

A bit aching across the shoulders

I woke up this morning and felt a bit aching across my shoulders, which is something I don’t normally have, plus a bit of a headache. So I took an electrolyte sachet in some water, just in case I’m low on salts with everything going on.