Day One: Why a long fast instead of intermittent fasting?

A lot of people find success with intermittent fasting, but it hasn’t worked very well for me in the past.

I generally find long fasts easier than intermittent fasting.

I think alternate day fasting is probably the most difficult fasting method of all. You never really get used to it (or I didn’t), so it always feels like deprivation. You’re always just about to fast, or fasting, or just coming out of a fast. You never get a break.

I suppose you get used to it after a time, but I never did when I tried it in the past.

By comparison, long fasts get fairly straightforward after Day 2, or they have in the past for me anyway. The hunger spikes around meal times get less severe, and it really just becomes a head game dealing with the question of what do I do when I don’t eat.

I know today will be tricky, and I know tomorrow will be tough. But I’ve dealt with this before. I’m on familiar ground for the next few days as an experienced faster. I know what to expect – or I think I do.

So I’m going to keep busy, focus on prayer and meditation and all that introspection stuff, and I’m going to get through it.


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