My 24 Hour Fasting Journal
I picked up this great book which has opened my eyes to probably the oldest “new” concept for fat loss. The book is called ‘Eat Stop Eat‘ by Brad Pillon and in a nutshell it is about intermittent fasting. You might be wondering what the hell this fasting is all about and what the benefits are, I know I sure was. Everyone know the benefits of exercise, and of eating healthy, but where does that leave ‘not eating’?
Check out this quick video on the benefits of fasting…
So this weekend I am going to try my first 24 hour planned fast. Basically this means I will be going without food for 24 hours between dinner last night and dinner tonight. There is a lot of uncertainty with what I am doing simply because I have never done this before.
As with my training ideas, you will know that simple doesn’t always, well rarely, means easy. I expect the same to come of this. So sit back, relax and lets see what happens!
6:45 pm Friday
I wanted to have dinner as early as possible tonight so that I could eat sooner tomorrow. That didn’t happen though. I smashed through my dinner and probably ate too much in anticipation of not eating for another 24 hours. Then I have my first ‘food’ thought. I am in the kitchen making a cup of tea and went to grab some food off the dinner plate that hadn’t been finished. Whoops, I can’t eat that. But I don’t actually want to eat it, I am stuffed like a pig. But it is there and I felt like eating it. I didn’t eat it but all I can think about for now is food and the fact that I can’t be eating for the next 23 hours and 48 minutes!
After playing the Wii for a while it is time for bed, and I haven’t thought of food or felt hungry again. Normally I would have something to eat before bed but not tonight, no big deal really.
8:07 am Saturday
I was lucky enough to get a sleep in this morning. Rach and Ash were up a bit earlier but I was catching Z’s. When I got up, I’m thinking of what I can’t have for breakfast, although I’m not actually hungry. So it’s just a black coffee and that’s fine. Everything seems normal, plenty of energy, no jitters or shakes or anything different to be honest.
10:23 am Saturday
About to head into town to see a friend in hospital. Just had the coffee and water today. Thoughts of food are far away, although I suspect that will change when we pass all of the food outlets and Rach and Ash have lunch.
1.14 pm Saturday
We have been somewhat busy this morning and the time has gone quite quickly. It isn’t until I look at the clock and realise how late it is (compared to what I would have normally eaten by now). Rach and Ash are getting into some corn chips as we wait in the car at my mom’s house. I would have said I’m hungry but I wasn’t before the chips came out and I started salivating! So am I really hungry or do I just want food? I’d suggest it’s the latter as I don’t care to eat anything else once I have had a green tea and black coffee.
I am starting to think that dinner time will come around quickly now and the 24 hours will have passed without any bother. It’s strange because I normally feel ‘hungry’ if I have a late breakfast.
4.19 pm Saturday
The girls are asleep and I have just had a quick 20 minute recharging nap. I would probably do this 3 times per week depending on how I feel. So it has nothing to do with my energy levels because of the fasting. In fact I feel completely normal (well as normal as I have ever felt!!)
I can’t believe there is only just over two hours to go. I must admit that I have been thinking about what I will be eating for dinner tonight quite regularly, but that is fairly common for me.
6:02 pm Saturday
I’ve been working on the website and doing some research for my bootcamp launch and the time has passed me by. The girls are still asleep!! so I might get a start on dinner. Some meat and veges should do the trick.
7:01 pm Saturday
Well the 24 hours has been and gone and I am amazed at how simple (and easy) that was. I was a bit scared of the unknown last night because I hadn’t done anything like this before. Now i think it has to be the easiest weight loss solution going around. I feel as though I could go for longer as well. Now that I can eat there isn’t an overwhelming feeling that I need to stuff my face because I am hungry.
I don’t actually know what real hunger feels like anymore. I haven’t eaten in over 24 hours yet I don’t feel compelled to eat. Strange I know but very hard to explain.
Because my energy levels were so good I want to try a 24 hour fast during the work week and throw in a training session as well. That will be a bigger test but after the ease of this phase I can’t see why that would be any more difficult.
If you want to give this a try I would recommend getting Brad’s book (Eat Stop Eat) because there is a lot more to this than not just eating for a day. Brad covers a lot of topics and goes through all of the misconceptions, industry lies and shows you a massive amount of research that backs up this approach.
My next fast will be on the 9th/10th June and like I said will include my normal day at work and an intense lower body workout.
James Kerrison signing off.
Update –>> Check out the details of my second 24 Hour Fast
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