Getting Better at Fasting

Posted on March 28, 2022 by Corey Olson

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My longest fast has been around 72 hours. Usually between day three and four I tend to eat again for lack of necessity. Water only fasting for three days typically causes me to lose ~2 lbs. of weight, which is pretty aggressive considering the short timeframe. My foray into fasting was originally stemmed by intermittent fasting and weight loss, but now it's mostly just sort of a mental challenge, a sort of mini-game.

Many people have probably unintentionally fasted for ~24 hours due to depression or just forgetting to eat; I have certainly been there. But day two is a different ball game usually, and day three (the first time, for me at least) was the real mind-fuck.

The first 24 hours of a fast are pretty easy, especially if you had bigger meals or overate just prior to starting a fast. Hours 24 - 48 may be more difficult if you have never learned to suppress your hunger and food binging urges. But, after the Day Two Craving Hurdle it gets a lot easier; it almost feels like you can fast forever at that point. I think it took me a few tries to make it past day two, into day three; IIRC, it took me two prior failures to finally get into day three. And the first time I got to day three, oh boy...

Day three of fasting (for the first time) was scary. While mental clarity increased, I had a growing fear that I would never eat again. By day three you will likely have muscle pain from using your body, but not having any calories or nutrients to repair muscles. So, it sort of hurts to sleep, attempting to go into Day Four of fasting. Imagine laying in bed, being moderately sore, as if you had intensely worked out, even if you haven't.

Not to mention that on Day Two of fasting chills have likely already set in, and you are wearing long underwear, extra layers or jackets, maybe even cuddling blankets to stay warm. But the first time I hit Day Three or Four I really had an irrational fear that I may never be able to eat again. Or that I would for some reason just not ever eat again. It really psyched me out, and I eventually ate out of fear, not pain or hunger.

Now when I fast, this does not happen. Aside from chills and subtle body pains from not eating, fasting is pretty uneventful. You gain some clarity of mind and potentially can be more more productive. But for the most part I just lose weight and it's all okay. I think I may sleep marginally better, if not, somewhat longer due to lack of energy.

But thus far I have not yet pushed to a five, six nor seven day fast. I think most healthy people could probably handle a three day fast but it would require mental fortitude. You pretty much "have to want it" to be able to do it. As for going much beyond that, it may be a little risky, but perhaps one day I will make that venture.

If you want to consider it a "bucket list" item, I think achieving or just being able to say that I have done a week long fast would be very cool. But beyond that week-long range, fasting any longer would likely require nearly all of my attention; not being able to work or do much of anything else. I think it would become too much of a distraction, for me.

In any case, I feel like over the past few months I have averaged one or two, three day fasts, every month. Once or twice a month sounds right, it sort of depends. The worst part is eating slowly, as you start to fire up your metabolism again. As to not shock or overwhelm your system with salt, energy, etc. when beginning to eat again.

Usually I will eat a small meal, take a break for an hour, and then eat more one or two hours later to kind of avoid that huge shock. One time after fasting I had eaten a little too much, too fast and my heart started racing. So re-feeding as it's called, can be jarring, and something to watch out for. But everybody is different.

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