In September, I actually only alternate day fasted for the last two weeks of the month because the first week I did a 7-day water fast, which was followed by a week of re-feeding. Nevertheless, the two weeks were very important as the last thing I wanted to do Continue reading
It’s been three weeks since I completed my 7-day water fast. As I expected, my weight increased by 3kg the first week after the fast as I started re-feeding, but I was still down 2kg from when I started the fast. And since then, as I started alternate day fasting again, I have already lost a further two kilograms which brings me back down to 61kg for a total loss of 4kg since the fast started. Continue reading
As long as I can remember, like many people, I have had a sweet tooth. No one ever thinks terribly negatively of a sweet tooth. It’s just something you have. You learn to live with it. It’s not life-threatening. You don’t rush to the hospital to get your sweet tooth removed. Instead, you feed it. Chocolate. Cake. Brownies. Ice cream. Fruit. Pastries. Cookies. Waffles. Pancakes. Muffins. The list is long. The calories infinite. Continue reading
I thought it would be useful to put together a graph of my weight since I started alternate day fasting last December so I put together the chart below. I think it helps illustrate quite well how steady my weight loss was until I plateaued at what is most likely my “natural” weight. And then there was a huge spike up due to my 3-week trip to the US, where more calories were consumed than should be legally allowed, and a subsequent slight dip when I finally resumed alternate day fasting. Followed by a 5kg plunge when I completed my first 7-day water fast, which took me down to a weight (briefly) that I hadn’t seen since high school! Continue reading
Well, after 9-months of alternate day fasting, I finally got around to trying a 7-day water fast. The idea of attempting one had always been intriguing, but at the same time daunting, and beyond me – a mere mortal. But now with all my alternate day fasting experience under my belt, I felt fairly confident that I would be able to manage a 7-day water fast, although I still wasn’t sure how my body would actually react. Continue reading
Having alternate day fasted for the past 9-months, the benefits of fasting are now irrefutable to me, quite literally, life-changing. Having seen a whole slew of health issues resolve themselves month-by-month, I have begun recommending alternate day fasting to everyone I meet. However, after speaking to many people, I have concluded that realistically there are very few people who will have the will power and resolve to attempt alternate day fasting, even though I do believe that it is in the realm of most people’s abilities. On the other hand, from my research on the Internet, it does appear that a lot more people are willing to attempt a one-off 7-day water fast. As I firmly believe that ANY fasting would be greatly preferable to NO fasting, I figured that it would be worthwhile to give a 7-day fast a try, so that I can “walk my talk” and have some personal experience with it when recommending fasting to people.
Alternate day fasting is incredible, but a longer continuous sustained fast is quite likely beneficial in ways that alternate day fasting cannot meet. From a healing perspective, a 7-day water fast may be the equivalent of 2-months of alternate day fasting. Furthermore, giving the digestive system a continuous rest will quite likely provide the opportunity to resolve issues that alternate day fasting cannot achieve. Who knows? Maybe I still have underlying issues that I’m not aware of that may be healed by a 7-day water fast.
As a form of health maintenance, the idea of quarterly 7-day or even 14-day cleansing fasts is appealing to me. Surely, no harm would come from it, and a routine maintenance cleansing of the digestive track seems to me a good way to ensure good health throughout one’s life. Our foods these days are full of artificial ingredients, toxins, pollutants, and chemical pesticides, not to mention the viruses and parasites that exist naturally around us. Any process that helps rid the body of these can only be viewed as beneficial. If maintaining this routine on an annual basis helps keep me out of hospitals and helps save me all the associated expenses of being sick, then I am more than willing to adopt this simple lifestyle change.
It’s a challenge. Going without food for 7-days straight, in a sense, seems incredible. In today’s world of 24/7 eating, almost unfathomable, magical or superhuman. I want to see for myself that I can do it, too, and demonstrate that the human body is naturally designed to be much more resilient than we give it credit for these days.
Before I started alternate day fasting, I spent a month scouring the Internet for information on fasting. Below is a compilation of some of the more useful information I discovered. Continue reading