I'm trying my first extended (beyond 24 hr) fast - last meal finished around 9 on Sunday, just a large coffee yesterday morning, one this morning, and plain unsweetened green tea and water. I feel fine - walked 5 miles yesterday (getting point a to point b) and sat through a roomate's extremely delicious smelling thai takeout fest, but it is definitely easier today...glad I did it! will see how results play out over the course of the week. I definitely would not do this all that often but if it is effective in addition to the usual 18-20 hr fasts, I'd do it once every other week maybe.
If we are speaking of oil based supplements, then there is little need to worry, as lipids do not elicit any insulin response.
In the end, taking or not taking supplements during your fast to me is six of one and a half dozen of the other.
I mainly do it because if I ingest anything besides water or tea I feel hungry. Probably just a psychological thing, but I have tried it a few times and it works. Well, for me at least.
People too weak to follow their own dreams will always try to discourage others.
I had been meaning to get into a habit of IF'ing over the summer (just a 16 hour) but found it really difficult, and now that I'm back at school I've fallen into the practice effortlessly. On my move-in day I just didn't have time to eat til dinner, which gave me a 26 hour fast (my friends thought it was nuts that I hadn't eaten anything yet that day, and tried to give me their packaged snacks). All through the weekend I had trainings and just ate a lunch and dinner that were sparse in comparison to my usual meals and also with a 16-18 hour fast. Yesterday I got up early and played around with barbell lifts at the gym (fun!) and did some agility drills. I planned to eat around 11, but I started hanging out with friends and didn't sit down to eat until 9 that evening, so another 26 hour fast. I didn't even feel like eating. My friends only eat junk between meals so it's easy to say no.
I'm happy that this is happening so easily since I had packed on more than a few pounds last year for stress (and stress eating) related reasons, but it's just wigging me out that it feels soooo easy. I just don't get hungry... at least not the sort of hungry that makes me actually want to go get something to eat, if that makes sense. I'm just feeling a little superhuman and wanted to share this somewhere. If I told my friends they would think I "had a problem."
Thanks if you read all that... so I'm wondering: I'd like to fit into all of my old pants again. I'm a 21 year old female. How often is it OK to do a day-long fast? And will my whole schedule just sort of implode one day if I'm not eating enough at my one-to-two meals, or will I just see some weight loss with no real adverse effects? So far I feel great, but I have not counted calories, but am quite sure I'm eating far below the amount recommended for my size.
Last edited by croí; 08-31-2011 at 07:34 AM.
If you burn some ganj on a fast, does this affect the fast?
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I lose a lot of weight still. What I've been really curious about is how the hunger affects Ghrelin output. The 'high' from my fasting is comparable/better than that of the vice; enough that I've reduced consumption considerably. What I've not been able to discern is whether or not this is from Ghrelin or because thc is stored in fat cells and oxidizing the fat is also bringing the thc into the bloodstream again.
So, have I always been experiencing Ghrelin when I suppress the munchies, but it was present with an additional high so it wasn't noticed?
Is my Ghrelin high enhanced by freeing the thc from my fat cells?
Am I just overthinking this entire thing?
For what it's worth, during the last 3 years of IF, I can probably count on one hand the number of times I've counted calories, and even then, it was only for the sake of curiosity rather than to set a target.