So officially I have fasted from 21st January 2018 at 10pm until now. However I actually classifying my fast starting from 00:00 on 22nd January 2018. This means I am now officially one day through without any food, in this period I have only consumed my mixture of 3multivitamin pills, a shed load of water (about 4litres every 24hrs), several cups of black coffee, black tea and green tea.
I will update every day with the effects I am feeling, how it is going, the emotional states that I enter, every detail possible to give a true reflection of how the 50day ‘water’ fast is going.
The plan is to continue the fast for 50 consecutive 24hour periods, 50 consecutive days. This will involve a weigh in at periods of 5days, then 2 days. This means every Monday and Friday morning. I will display these figures on this blog and inform you of my progress.
Throughout the process I will inform you of different medical research and ideas surrounding short term and long term fasts and how they work on the body, I will provide some insight into my thoughts and ideas on weight loss and tips I can provide for sticking to a programme.
I would like to express now that if at any point through this fast I start to feel unwell or have any serious adverse side effects I will break the fast and consume a small amount of liquidated food. Although I am experienced in dieting, I am not a fool nor an idiot, there is no point losing weight if you’re dead or gravely ill as a result.
So day one?
24 hours complete, that was a breeze. Or was it?
Day one was simple and challenging at the same time. The challenge came mainly from third parties, “Oh, that’s not possible”, “You’re crazy”, “There’s no way you can do that!”. The first step in any diet or regime is to ignore everyone else, do your own research come to your own conclusions, consult medical professionals, but do not listen to every randomer who has their own preconceived misconceptions around the human body. This will only distract you, make you lose focus and potentially break your plan. Once you start, never look back, stick to it and finish when you plan to.
Day one brought with it the sense of freedom, there was no sickly feeling of being overfull, no bloatedness, and sense of lightness and generally positive.
About 20hours of the way through the fast a slight headache started to present itself, which was expected, this is likely due to the body realising there is no stored glucose readily available, this is the point it starts to swap over to using ketones as its main energy supply, i.e. fat.
Normally I sleep at 9/10pm and struggle to wake in the morning. However this morning was different. I fell asleep at midnight and woke earlier at 5:45am to get ready for work. Surprisingly this shorter sleep feels more refreshing, I was not tired got up straight away and got ready. The first time for months I’ve been able to do so without feeling groggy or sleep deprived.
Day one in my mind was a huge success, no deviances from the plan, no real negative side effects, feeling energised and healthy. However this is just 24hours in 1200 hours.