Another Fasting Experiement
After reading so many favorable accounts of fasting here and on the Crossfit board, I thought I'd give it a shot. In the space of five days and nights last week I fasted five times, ranging from 12 to 20 hours in length. I planned pretty meticulously and the only time I broke with the plan was when they happened to have free pizza at work.
My pre-fast worries were:
-Low energy level
-Trouble working out/problems with not eating immediately after a workout
My observations (after only five days):
-It was exponentially easier than I thought.
-During the fasting periods I was able to further accentuate the difference in feeling from when my palate is hungry and when my body is actually hungry. (No superfluous snacking.)
-Not eating immediately after workouts actually feels better.
-I took fewer sh**s. (I typically go a LOT, my porcelain time dropped a great deal.)
Now, since this was only a five day experiment, I donít feel as if I can accurately judge a difference in performance in such a short period, but the simplicity of the fasts have inspired me to try this again. This time, I am planning for intermittent fasts over a period of three weeks. Unlike this past week, I wonít cut the fasts at the weekend to go boozing.
Over the next three weeks, fasts will be of fairly random lengths, but I will plan for none to be less than 12 hours. Other specifics:
-Green tea/coffee (with a shot of splenda) allowed during fast
-Dairy and protein power will be consumed roughly once per day
-Obviously no grains, processed stuff
-Workouts do not necessitate a post-workout meal
As a college student, the last point will be especially hard, but the end of this three-week period coincides with the beginning of spring break, wherein much alcohol and Mexican food will be consumed. Meals over the five-day period were lean protein comparable to the size of my palm (zone eyeball) plus a little bit more, then as many vegetables as I wanted until I was full. I really only ate three (four max) times per day, which is certainly less than ďnormalĒ eating days. I'll stick with the same sort of system, adjusting depending on how I feel.
Iím going to try to record as much as I can as far as food, sleep, performance, and general feeling over the three weeks as I can. Honestly, Iím pretty excited to see how my body adapts to this.