#41 Health Blog – Why Fasting Isn’t Starving

Good Morning!

I’ll be fasting all day today.  That will make it 33 hours from yesterday at 11pm until tomorrow morning at 8am. 

I’m testing out every-other-day fasting routine to see how it feels and works for me. Testing things out is how you figure out what works and doesn’t work for you and sometimes the process sucks.

You typically want to stop eating at least 3 hours before sleep time. I chose 4pm to keep a tighter eating window and 8pm max.  This will yield a 36-40 hour fast. It’s not that much different than the 48-hour fast, but it allows me to eat more frequently instead of just one meal every two days.  I think this might be the important difference because I don’t have a gallbladder, which is essential for properly digesting a larger amount of food in one sitting. With every-other-day fasting, I can get in a second meal to spread the digestive load.

I missed the 8 pm cut off time by 3 hours instead of just by 1 yesterday because I didn’t want to give up on trying to beat a level at Dr. Mario during the stream, and the stream ran late.

I was going to try three 48 hour fasts this week, but I don’t want to push it too hard right now.

I have a lot of mental work to do getting into this fasting focused lifestyle.

One of the biggest marketing ploys we’ve been subjected to is from the food industry telling us that we need to eat every single day. 

Well, the truth is you don’t.

Even if you have you have a single digit body fat percentage, the chances of death from not eating for a day or two is very unlikely.  There would have to be some very extreme circumstances for this to happen.

Fasting is difficult because it comes with the feeling of insecurity that you could die if you don’t eat. This feeling is pronounced quite a bit more in individuals who eat lots of carbs like bread, alcohols, and fruit on daily basis, like me at the moment; I do really enjoy pizza and bbq and beer…

While it’s true that you could in fact die when fasting longer term when your fat reserves are extremely low, it’s simply not true when you’re a fatass like me.

I try to rationalize it like this:

At a near 350 lbs and just over 5’-10” tall, I could easily be 200 lbs. 

So I figure I have 20 lbs of extra water at least. 

That leaves me with at least 130 lbs of fat and extra tissues, like skin, that can be used as energy.

If we use standard 3500 calories as the amount of energy per pound of fat, 130×3500=455000 calories of stored energy.

If 2200 calories is the average daily requirement to maintain weight, 455000/2200=206.81 days.

I have 207 days worth of energy.

That’s over 6 months !!

Granted, these numbers are not exact and vary quite a lot on an individual basis. It’s just a quick way to visualize that energy is plenty and fasting is safe.

I’m not going to starve to death if I don’t eat, even for a month or more. This is why fasting isn’t starving.

What I do need though, is salt-water and mental toughness.

Progress

As expected, I gained about 5 lbs worth of water and food mass back after refeeding.  I weight myself on the same scale at my gym. So from 349 lbs on Wednesday down to 339 lbs on Friday and then settling at 344.5 lbs on Monday got me down 4.5 lbs.

Not too bad at all.

I can’t wait to see what the numbers are on Wednesday after today’s fast. I’m not expecting more than 2-3 lb drop, but let’s see what happens.

At The Gym

Yesterday was a chest and back day today. Here’s what we did.

  • TRX Chest Press, 3 x 15, body weight to warm up.
  • Inclined Single Arm Chest Press, 3 x 12, with fat grips, progressive 25lbs, 30lbs, 35lbs.
  • Single Arm Dumbbell Row On Flat Bench, 3 x 15, with fat grips, 45 lbs.
  • Single Arm Lat Pulldowns, 3 x 15 each side, 35lbs.
  • Straight Arm Row, 3 x 12, 70lbs.

The Next Meal

I have some broccoli in the fridge that I need to eat. I think that fried up with some thin cut beef, carrots, and some fresh green onions and garlic. Add in a bit of olive oil, fish and soy sauce, and a bit of honey and a splash of water…

I’m sold! Beef and broccoli it is. Here’s the recipe I like to use.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

-Karsy

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P.P.S If you’re wondering what this fasting stuff is all about an want to get read up on it, check out “The Complete Guide To Fasting” by Dr. Jason Fung and Jimmy Moore.*

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Author: Karsy

Your average writer, maker, robot programming, gaming, tig welding, foodie, car jock, who loves to travel and is obsessed with coffee and lifting heavy things. Cheers!