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’ve been providing monthly updates on how alternate day fasting has been going for me, but I thought it would be useful to put together all the health benefits I’ve experienced in one comprehensive blog post. 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.
July ended up being a throwaway month because I traveled to the US for three weeks and gorged myself endlessly on all the things that I can’t eat back home. In fact, in a matter of a mere three weeks, I managed to gain 4kg, which is a testament to my eating ability and the insanely huge size of American portions! If I had been traveling with my wife, we could have easily split one dish between the two of us, but alas, she wasn’t there, so I had to eat it all by myself! And once I realized that the month was going to be a throwaway, I ate with complete abandon. Any urge I had, I satisfied it. I did things that I would be ashamed to tell my children. Continue reading
From a weight perspective, nothing changed. It looks like I’ve flatlined at 61kg. Having said that, once again, I did eat generously during my feeding days. Perhaps if I cut down on my food intake, my weight would drop. But presently my goal is still to try and put on muscle, so that’s not the route I’m taking just yet. Continue reading
The biggest news of May is that my gums have finally stopped bleeding. For the past 3-years, every time I brushed my teeth, a small amount of blood would be mixed in with the toothpaste when I spit it out. After 6-months of alternate day fasting, I am happy to say that this no longer happens! This, I believe, is the last health-related issue I had to cure. Everything that could be fixed has now been fixed. Actually, I did go to the dermatologist for a couple of longstanding (since the age of thirteen) skin issues I had that I was waiting to see if alternate day fasting would cure, but as one of them was slowly spreading with time (itchy psoriasis on my shins), I thought it best to see a dermatologist, and I’m very happy that I did as it is now completely under control. I had read that longer fasts of 2-weeks plus in length are known to cure various skin conditions and I was hoping to try one at some point, but I’m presently not ready to try anything of that length, and consequently decided to see a dermatologist, instead. However, as my psoriasis has historically tended to flare up every winter, I most likely will have another chance to try a longer fast as a permanent cure. But if my psoriasis doesn’t come back, after suffering from it for the past 33-years, that would be pretty incredible, too. Time will tell. Continue reading
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
The benefits I have experienced from fasting are numerous:
- The most obvious benefit is weight loss. For the first 5 months of fasting, I experienced a steady 2kg per month loss in excess weight. This is the same amount of weight that I usually lose from performing a lot of exercise, but by fasting I experienced the same weight loss with no extra time commitment.
- Saving money! I estimate that by not eating half the days in a month, I am saving somewhere between $150-300 a month. And I don’t drink anything except water, so for someone who consumes coffee, alcohol, or soft drinks, the savings would probably be even greater.
- More appreciation for food. I truly enjoy eating now. Every day that I eat, I am thankful for the food I eat. And it tastes delicious! I regularly say out loud, “This is delicious!” while eating a meal. Often times two or three times during one meal.
- A lot of people eat because they’re bored. As I work from home and have ready access to food all day long, I think I’ve been guilty of this at times. But now this is no longer the case.
- In terms of a diet, it’s extremely convenient because you don’t have to count calories or watch what you eat. On days that I eat, I eat whatever I like, within reason. I don’t read labels or avoid fat. I eat dessert every feeding day, most often twice a day; both after lunch and dinner.
- The occasional binge eating day doesn’t derail your progress because the next day is always a fasting day.
- Save time. I actually don’t save much time myself as my wife usually prepares food for our family, and even though I don’t eat, I still sit with the family during meals. But if you do prepare food, eat and clean up, then you could potentially save a lot of time on your fasting days.
- For the first time in my life, this feels like a sustainable diet plan. I can’t foresee anything throwing me off this path. I guess time will be the ultimate test, though.
- Better physique. With weight loss and body weight exercises comes a better physique. Whilst I have already lost 10kg and gone down two belt sizes, this is still a work in progress. I will update periodically.
- Not a slave to sugar. As I can go an entire day without consuming any food, that obviously includes sugar, and means that I have some semblance of control over my sweet tooth. Although I must admit that on my feeding days, I still consume a fair amount of sugar in both the form of fruit and desserts. By no means am I living a sugar-free lifestyle.
- People think you are superhuman because you only eat every other day! Well, at least the ones who are impressed.
- Less body odor. I need to verify this as I am still using deodorant, but I sense that I am producing less underarm body odor.
- Fixed numerous health issues.