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3 hours ago, gavi said:

I did the exact same: 14 days of water (and some minerals) fasting during ASQ quarantine.
But, I would not recommend to most people because doing so many days in a row is quite extreme.

 

Yeh, that would be a bit extreme for most people. I only personally know a few who have done. It certainly gets easier a you do it. 

Iam 24 hours into a 72 hour fast and learnt a valuable lesson yesterday. Stay off writing anything on the forum if you can! My writing yesterday was all over the place, and stuck into a theme. Probably all the toxins coming out! ?

Much clearer mind today.

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37 minutes ago, Smithydog said:

Yeh, that would be a bit extreme for most people. I only personally know a few who have done. It certainly gets easier a you do it. 

Iam 24 hours into a 72 hour fast and learnt a valuable lesson yesterday. Stay off writing anything on the forum if you can! My writing yesterday was all over the place, and stuck into a theme. Probably all the toxins coming out! ?

Much clearer mind today.

Strange that but I have the opposite effect when I am fasting, My political posts seem to be more intellectual. It must be all the Thaksins coming out?

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I've now been fasting since the 9th intermittently. It's a new approach for me and I'd like to thank @Smithydogand @BigHewer for their guidance and for relating their experiences to me, to allow me to make up my mind on this.

I started gradually, counting "sleep" as fasting time, so my last meal would be at 18:30 and my next food at initially, 09:30 and building up from that.

My next step was to reduce the meal time back to 18:00 and increase the eating time the following day by 30 mins.

My schedule has been as follows: fasting on (August dates) 9,10,11. normal food day 12 and 13, and now fasting since 14th - my next "normal" day for food will be the 17th.

Currently my last meal is at 16:00 and I fast (with the exception of lemon in water and the occasional black coffee) right through until 13:30 the following day where I eat fruit or some steamed chicken and broccoli, then have another meal at 16:00. My calorific intake is around 1200 Calories.

The hardest day, without question was the 11th. Massive headache, lack of energy and I binned it for the following day (during which I consumed 1800 - 2k calories of veg, meat, some cheese and fruit).

However, it has become easier now. The hunger pangs have stopped and if I do feel hungry, then a glass of water deals with it. I'm also taking vitamin suppliments with my main meal. I also initially got cramps in my calf muscles and thighs, coupled with the need to piss a lot.

As I am new to this, I am taking my time to record how I get on, and will adjust if needed to find what suits me, initially I'm finding "green fruits" like grapes, pears and apples keep me full for longer whereas the colourful stuff like bananas and oranges give me an energy boost. Black coffee is awesome, and I'm actually really finding the subtleties in the taste of different brands. I'm using instant but I'm finding my taste becoming much more sensitive to sweet, salt and bitter.

Veg wise, a large plate of cooked broccoli, carrots & raw onion (love raw onion) and corn will settle nicely and I find I can sleep without any hunger pangs at all.

My aim is to be able to fully fast for 24 hours by the end of the month. If I'm able to achieve it earlier, I'll push on harder.

I'm only a bit disappointed because my trousers are not any looser, and I don't see much of a change at the moment but it is still early days.

cheers.

 

 

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6 hours ago, Pongo said:

I've now been fasting since the 9th intermittently. It's a new approach for me and I'd like to thank @Smithydogand @BigHewer for their guidance and for relating their experiences to me, to allow me to make up my mind on this.

You’re very welcome Pongo and well done for making it this far. Results will come, it just takes routine and discipline. I’m on day 2 myself here…

Best of luck and keep us posted.

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On 7/24/2021 at 11:24 AM, Bobalong said:

only eat when I'm hungry,

This is the key to losing weight, many people feel thirsty go to the cooler and get food, not water or fluids which they wanted originally. The fluid is filling and the need for food diminishes.  Another big helper is STOP BUYING CRAP FOOD.

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7 hours ago, Pongo said:

I've now been fasting since the 9th intermittently. It's a new approach for me and I'd like to thank @Smithydogand @BigHewer for their guidance and for relating their experiences to me, to allow me to make up my mind on this.

 

Hey...good luck @Pongo. Hope it goes well for you. No fast is the same and great to see you are working out what is best for you and your needs.

I finished my 72 hour fast just 2 hours ago and feel great. Could have easily gone longer but that does not suit my plan for me. Day 2 was by far the hardest as the sugar fought back, creating those feelings of hunger! I could even see some of the toxins coming out in my forum posts! 😀 I know from past experience it will get easier each time I do it.

Lost just over 2.5 kgs which is quite usual for me on initial fast. It will probably eventually settle down to 1-1.5 kgs loss in future ones. No headaches or other medical side effects and water intake was so much better than I have done in the past which has definitely helped. Blood sugars are excellent so really happy with how they have gone again with the fast.

Have had a couple of eggs and a cup of white tea. Much of what I am doing over the next 4 days is about eliminating sugar from my diet and will be trying now to balance food intake and type of food with exercise and then fast again.

As I said, good luck with your own fast and hope you get the results you desire. 

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Thanks @Smithydog and @BigHewer.

I've fine tuned my fasting now and am seeing results. It has taken me a couple of weeks to get it right, and it initially was a bit tough getting the balance and of course, pushing back on that sugar craving.

I am currently running on a 4 day cycle of fasting as follows:

7pm start, through to 4pm the following day with diluted (2 teaspoons to a cup of hot water) Apple cider vinegar when hungry and 1 Cup of black coffee at dinnertime. My "window" is between 4pm and 7pm, so I eat some "green" fruit at 4pm, then at 6:30 my main meal which is balanced between carbs, protein, some fats and veggies along with a multivitamin tablet.

This goes on until day 4 which is a regular day (3 squares) for eating starting at 6:00am until 7pm when the fasting begins again.

I'm rewarding myself once a week only with 2 beers (330ml) which makes it all the better!.

I'm feeling a hell of a lot better in myself. Although my energy levels are low towards the end of a gym session and towards late in the evenings (I've adjusted my cardio accordingly for the time being) I still feel fine. I don't think I've ever slept this well in memory, I wake up feeling energised, my taste buds are super sensitive to flavours and I'm no longer getting that "sleepy" lull in the mid afternoons.

My BP is down slightly, my heart rate is 57 - 59 BPM resting and I swear my skin looks better. I'm also down 2.5kg at the time of writing, which I'm pleased about but again, the narcissist in me tells me I look better in the mirror :)

Honestly, anyone who wants to lose weight should really have a look at fasting. I am now pretty much 100% converted, although it does take fine tuning and can be slightly hit and miss at first, after week one it gets easier. It has taken me about 2-3 weeks to start seeing and feeling the benefits, but it is well worth it.

One last point, if, like me, you've cut out refined sugar and then someone makes you a cuppa with 2 sugars in it, prepare to spit it everywhere, it tastes bloody sickly, never thought I'd say it, but jeez it's horrid.

 

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6 hours ago, Pongo said:

Honestly, anyone who wants to lose weight should really have a look at fasting. I am now pretty much 100% converted, although it does take fine tuning and can be slightly hit and miss at first, after week one it gets easier. It has taken me about 2-3 weeks to start seeing and feeling the benefits, but it is well worth it.

Absolutely brilliant, Pongo, very happy for you and welcome to “the converted club” :)

The hardest part (as you now know) is just settling into a routine and getting past any initial setbacks. The results are truly rewarding and inspiring. I dropped 23kg in a four-month fasting plan 8 years ago, changed my life. And nothing wrong with being a narcissist mate, you’ve earned it (!)

A little side note regarding the cider vinegar. I was trying to find a way to deal with the hunger pangs back then too and would drink loads of coffee. But I found after the results became obvious, the pangs triggered some kind of weird positive endorphin and I stopped needing to drink coffee.

Anyway, best of luck, hope you can keep it up and see more results.

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