I've been reading about the many benefits of Fasting. Yesterday I completed a fast. 69 hours, just short of 3 days.
Fasting isn't that hard. Body fat has about 3500 calories. Most folks use on average 2000 calories per day. If I have 20 extra pounds on, in theory I could go a month or more, without eating. If we are fat adapted, meaning primarily burning fat for fuel, fasting is easier to do.
Here's a strategy that I followed to experience relative ease in my 69-hour fast.
In fact being fat adapted is a good first step. Burning fat for fuel is eating for nutrition ketosis.
Next step is intermittent fasting. An example of intermittent fasting is eating in an 8-hour window. Today I'll eat between the hours of 11am and 7pm. The remaining time, 16 hours, will be fasting. Some of that will be sleep.
Liquids I drank during my fast:
- lots of water with pink himalayan salt.
- home made bone broth.
- black coffee
It's also a good idea to keep busy. When I needed a little support, I would read some of Dr. Fung's book mentioned below. Also listening to the podcast "Fasting Talk".
Dr. Jason Fung's book, "The Complete Guide to Fasting" is a great read on the subject.
The link below is to a good article and a great interview with Dr. Fung. He pretty much lays it out in simple terms.