Back in December, I took on the task of an extended fast. I had quite excellent results:
- Fasted for 89 hours (almost four days)
- Lost 15 pounds
- Had tons of energy
- Found clarity on issues I was dealing with
I have decided to try it again but with some changes. I’ve read a lot recently about systematized regular fasting and the state of ketosis created. I won’t get real deep into the science of it here, but feel free to hit me up if you want to chat about it in detail.
What I intend to do is balance two methods of creating ketosis – dietary and physical. The dietary method is to drastically reduce carbohydrate intake while eating moderate amounts of protein and large amounts of fat. Yes, it sounds like a recipe for a heart attack, but the idea is to shock the system into ketosis, not change my diet forever. The physical method is to do regular mini-fasts. This also shocks the system into converting stored fats into fuel for brain and body.
To summarize, the idea is that you will burn a lot more fat on a regular basis if you create ketosis through systematic fasting and/or adjusting to a ketosis inducing diet. Sorry, that was deeper than I wanted to go. Long story short – I plan to induce my body to burn fat for brain and muscle function.
To start things off, I will do a three-day fast (no food at all but plenty of water) and then plan to fast one day every other week while trying to balance my micro-nutrients (carbohydrate, protein, fat) to a ketosis inducing range.