You May Not Know This, But You Can Fast.
On one of the biggest feast days, it’s not really on people’s radar; but another time, certainly, you can and perhaps should.
Two years ago, I fasted six days. I’m not talking about this en vogue “fasting” where people are sipping BCAAs, or smoothies, or some other not-fasting. I’m talking water, b vitamins, minerals, and some caffeine. That included Thanksgiving Day. To be fair, my in-laws had some schedule issue which landed our celebration on the following Friday late afternoon. But if I had intended on seven days or more, I would’ve gone through that too.
Attached is a photo from my metabolic test results that morning. Pay extra close attention. My metabolism went UP. That’s right. Take away food, and just by walking and being on my feet, I was burning over 4,500 calories per day. People will lose 1-2lbs of fat PER DAY.
I did replete blood work and lab testing as well during that week. All bio markers improved.
The more health problems someone faces, the more this may need to be their tactic. I do a lot of nutritional coaching, programming, and health troubleshooting with clients. So I have discovered caveats. Some people in over stressed environments need nuanced recommendations here. Ultimately, though, it’s now medically proven that type 2 diabetes and heart disease risk is cured/reversed in one to three weeks of fasting or other fasting-mimicking interventions: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6520897/
For the average person who is desperate to change body comp, you’ll need to know three things:
1.) you are more than capable to do it
2.) the more addicted to food you are, the harder the first three days will be (and this is not exaggeration, expect an intensity of withdrawal that you might only think hard drug users go through)
3.) be fully prepared with aids (vitamins, minerals, sea salt, caffeine of choice) and with expectations (remember what I said about drug withdrawal symptoms) and with whatever social support you honestly will need