My 24 hour Fasting Journal

by James Kerrison on May 30, 2009

My 24 Hour Fasting Journal

Hey there,

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

and Experiments With Intermittent Fasting



{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

rachel May 30, 2009 at 11:41 pm

im having lot of success with brads plan. i incorporate it into other habits. keep it up! and thanks for sharing your experience!

errol June 1, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Interesting James but it’s difficult for myself thinking around intermittent 24 hour fast. For someone in the industry passing on qualified information then I can see why you would experiment.
Chris and I are not big eaters by any means but we feel like our regular snacks (meals) if only to go to the gym and later to walk and not feel uncomfortable. Anyway , I admire your diligence to research without meaning to sound patronizing .. cheers

james June 1, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Thanks for the comments,

You guys have weight management under control so for you it would be something you chose to do not something you need to do.
And yes I like to try things before I get others to do it, makes sense to me.

Verna June 5, 2009 at 3:04 am

Thanks for sharing that. I have another friend who also experimented with this concept when trying to lose weight–he definately found it worked for him.

thatgirlfit85 September 14, 2009 at 2:47 am

This seems good. The only thing I would caution against is drinking coffee on days that you are IR fasting. Coffee is very hard on the digestive system and one of the points of the fast is to give the digestive system a break. Otherwise, best of luck and remember to do an update!

puly May 5, 2010 at 5:34 pm

thanks for sharing such motivating news. i’m fasting for three days and i’m on the first and so far so good.

james May 5, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Hey there, can I ask why you are fasting for so long?

Anna July 27, 2010 at 12:13 am

I have been practicing IF before reading Brad’s book. I’m glad to know that I’m not alone. To me, fasting really helps, both weight loss and health. I think the length of fasting period depends on individual need. My maximum period was six days and occasionally two days and most often one meal a day.

Jess April 23, 2011 at 10:11 am

I’ve been doing Eat Stop Eat for 2 weeks now- today is my 4th fast. The results are amazing and I feel great. When I get a lil hungry I go for a walk or drink soda water. Brad is an old school fat loss genius!

james June 6, 2011 at 9:23 pm

The 24 hour fasts are good but not my favorite. I prefer . Although I still do a 24 hour fast once every few weeks, and knowing that I can easily do it makes the two meal scenario a whole lot easier!

james June 13, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Hey Jess,

good to hear you’re feeling good,

black coffee, tea and water are my basics.

If I feel like something different i’ll grab a diet soda.

Monica June 26, 2011 at 2:13 am

Hello there. I quickly read through document and also feel that the recommendations you could have discussed is simply great and it also has to be a shame to not ever let you know. Best wishes, Samuel

james June 26, 2011 at 8:53 am

Not sure what to make of that Samuel (or is it Monica…),
thanks, I guess :)

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