Strange effects of Fasting: less hunger

I’ve been fasting now for 16 weeks…and I have to say it has easily become a way of life for me.  I’m now actually looking forward to my fasting days!  I just feel like it gives my body a rest from eating and processing all the food I put in it, and it makes me really appreciate what and when I do eat.

fasting can change your lifeI did 10 weeks as a trial, where I fasted 1 day a week on my rest day from exercise. And then I increased it to 2 days a week and do it on days when I exercise.  I used to think I wouldn’t be able to exercise on no fuel, but once you tell yourself you can do it, and you get over any barriers your brain puts up, it’s easy to exercise whilst fasted.

When I fast, I’m living on plenty of water and green tea, and the odd protein shake if I fancy it.

Once again, I haven’t noticed a difference in my weight or body composition but I am feeling other benefits.  (See below or here for the suggested benefits Fasting brings.):

BENEFITS OF INTERMITTENT FASTING

  • Longevity, Increased growth hormone, Weight loss, Fat loss, Reduced blood pressure, More fat burned in fasted state, Improved mental well being and clarity.
  • Being deprived of needed nutrients, like fats and protein during a long fast, the body, by the process of autolysis or self-digestion feeds upon its own reserves and burns and digests its own tissues.
  • The secret of the effectiveness of fasting as a curative and rejuvenative method is that during a long fast the body will first decompose and burn those cells and tissues that are diseased, damaged or dead.
  • The essential tissues and vital organs, the glands, the nervous system and the brain are not damaged or digested in fasting.
  • Whilst fasting, the building of new and healthy cells are accellerated by the amino acids released from the diseased cells.
  • The capacity of the eliminative organs, kidneys, liver, lungs and the skin is greatly increased as they are relieved of the usual work of digesting food and eliminating the wastes and quickly expel old accumulated wastes and toxins.
  • Fasting offers a rest to the whole system and as a result, the digestion of food and the absorption of nutrients is greatly improved after fasting.
  • More time! You spend less time eating which frees time up for other things…like lying in bed, running, gym, procrastinating, writing blog posts etc.  🙂

ONE MORE THING
One good thing I’ve noticed is that I’m either not as hungry, or I’m able to deal with hunger a lot better than I did before.  Before I would always need to have food with me so that I didn’t get the hunger pangs, and if I did I’d feel anxious and grumpy until I ate something.  If I didn’t have something healthy on hand, I would normally end up scoffing a mars bar or sweet crappy bit of food.

Now I’m finding that I can last longer without feeling hunger, and I don’t tend to feel the need to eat anything in sight to stave my hunger.  I’m appreciating my food more when I do eat, and am really enjoying the control I seem to have gained from fasting.

The other night Fit Girl and I were out.  We’d eaten the same amount of food during the day, but it was getting to dinner time.  She was starving, getting a sore head and in real need of food.  Whereas I didn’t really mind and although I was probably hungry, I could have easily done without.

I’m finding that I’m eating less overall (no food until 8pm on a Tuesday and no food until 2-4pm on a Friday), and although I’m not losing weight (none to lose I think)… I feel like I’m doing myself no harm by denying myself food 2 days a week.

The only test I think I’d like to try is when I want to increase my running to longer distances.  I can imagine if I fast on a Friday and attempt a long run, say 13 – 20 miles on a Saturday morning, my body might struggle to keep going (I might hit the dreaded wall with not enough carbs / glycogen available)… but I’ll cross (or hit) that…wall… when I come to it.  🙂

My ideal would be that I can continue to fast, train my body to run on empty from day to day (2 days a week), and be able to run (as in do running) more efficiently on less fuel in the future (without hitting that wall!)

For more information about fasting, go here:

Fasting
Intermittent Fasting 2:5
How to: Intermittent Fast.

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