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    Mark's blog post How Fasting Aids Weight Loss | Mark's Daily Apple couldn't have come at a better time, I really need to do some 'Spring Cleaning'! I have some habits I want to break and I know from experience (quit smoking) that fasting is the easiest way to make that happen~ but also, I think my body could just use the break. And the weight loss would be a nice bonus.

    Would like to discuss, but please, read the blog first~ can't have a meaningful exchange of ideas if the same old CW 'starvation' garbage keeps getting regurgitated, KWIM?

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    How long of one are you planning?
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    • #3
      I think maybe 5 days~ keep the carbs below 30 for the next 3 days so I'll be in ketosis and then start the water fast on Tuesday. If it's going well and no signs of hunger, maybe take it a couple of extra days.

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      • #4
        LOVE fasting. I find drinking lots of water, hot caffeine free tea helps with those hunger growls. I drink a cup of black coffee in the morning too. I do 24hr fast once a week and feel amazing when I do so.

        I remember my first time fasting, I felt light headed and nauseous but after laying on the couch for 1/2 hr, it went away and I just kept fasting.

        If it stresses you out, avoid fasting. Keep yourself as busy as you can all day so that you don't have time to realize that you are even fasting. Good luck!!!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Nady View Post
          I think maybe 5 days~ keep the carbs below 30 for the next 3 days so I'll be in ketosis and then start the water fast on Tuesday. If it's going well and no signs of hunger, maybe take it a couple of extra days.
          So 5 days straight with no food?

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            It's a working number~ I once did 10 days water only, but I really think I can get my system cleared in 5. Besides, I'm not as young as I used to be!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Nady View Post
              It's a working number~ I once did 10 days water only, but I really think I can get my system cleared in 5. Besides, I'm not as young as I used to be!
              Oh yeah, weren't you the one that cleared up some issues by doing that? I've never done more than a 27 hr fast, I would like to do a 40 hr fast one day but can't seem to get past that 27th hour. ah well, one day.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by JoPaleo View Post
                Oh yeah, weren't you the one that cleared up some issues by doing that? I've never done more than a 27 hr fast, I would like to do a 40 hr fast one day but can't seem to get past that 27th hour. ah well, one day.
                Yes, I had chronic eczema. I often do IF~ eating once a day~ but I find it easier to do longer fasts if I'm in ketosis first. Usually, I don't go so low with my carbs when IFing.

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                • #9
                  imho i wuoldnt go much past 2 days, u risk more muscle than fat being eaten away

                  i realize yuore trying to "clense" but why not just go to daily IFing after say a 24-48hour fast?

                  5 days is just extreme ...
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by touchdowntodd View Post
                    imho i wuoldnt go much past 2 days, u risk more muscle than fat being eaten away

                    i realize yuore trying to "clense" but why not just go to daily IFing after say a 24-48hour fast?

                    5 days is just extreme ...
                    Please read Mark's blog post on fasting~ the link is on my first post

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by touchdowntodd View Post
                      imho i wuoldnt go much past 2 days, u risk more muscle than fat being eaten away

                      i realize yuore trying to "clense" but why not just go to daily IFing after say a 24-48hour fast?

                      5 days is just extreme ...
                      IF/ADF and fasting are pretty different.

                      Not much catabolic activity that soon, and the rebound effect will build it back as soon as she eats.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Apex Predator View Post
                        IF/ADF and fasting are pretty different.

                        Not much catabolic activity that soon, and the rebound effect will build it back as soon as she eats.
                        And that's also the reason to get into ketosis before fasting~ not just for hunger control, but also because it gets that 'protein sparing' mode in place sooner.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Nady View Post
                          Please read Mark's blog post on fasting~ the link is on my first post
                          i had read it prior to this post ... it doesnt mean i need to agree with it when reading it ..

                          i agree it helps a lot, hell look at my weight loss in under 8 months ...

                          im just saying 5 days to me seems too long and could be counter productive IMHO .. thats the beautiful thing about this site we dont have to all agree

                          good luck with your venture ill gladly step in for 36-48hours
                          started at 310 July 23rd 2011 ... workin and workin!

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                          • #14
                            How different do you feel at around 100 hours of fasting as opposed to something like 30?

                            I wouldn't know how to break my fast if I went that long. In the 20-30 range I know I can eat a big meal, but you have to 'start slow' after a really long fast right?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by touchdowntodd View Post
                              i had read it prior to this post ... it doesnt mean i need to agree with it when reading it ..

                              i agree it helps a lot, hell look at my weight loss in under 8 months ...

                              im just saying 5 days to me seems too long and could be counter productive IMHO .. thats the beautiful thing about this site we dont have to all agree

                              good luck with your venture ill gladly step in for 36-48hours
                              I think I might share your concerns if I hadn't fasted before, but I've been doing short fasts for 40+ years. Right now, I have a couple of issues I want to reverse/control and I'm hoping 5 days is long enough. It took 3 days to quit smoking~ that was 15 years ago! But I still have absolutely no desire to smoke~ even when around smokers.

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