Intermittent Fasting – Plunging into the Deep

Yeah I’d say I plunged myself right into the deep ocean,because I made up my mind to go for it just over the weekend. I didn’t spend a long time planning for it. Nor did I spend an adequate amount of time reading up more details on the process of it and how I can better prepare for it. Nope, I kind of assume I will be able to handle it and just started doing it!

Like I mentioned in the last post, the chosen day for Trial Fasting was Tuesday, 9th October. So I started my 24 hour fasting cycle at 11pm on the night of Monday, 8th October.

11pm: Full of optimism and anticipation of the Trial

12md – 6am: Sleep

7am: Stomach growling but easy to ignore (busy getting twins and myself ready for school)

9am: Stomach still growling but still easy to ignore (busy at school); Drank 500ml water

11am: Drank 8oz water mixed with 3 teaspooons Greens+ (Definitely prefer eating my real greens!)

1pm: Still going strong ignoring the hunger pangs and drank more water. Started feeling a headache welling up in the head.

2.30pm: Headache still going on. Got unbelievably hungry while doing video editing! Decided to have a snack bar to tie myself over the afternoon rehearsals (wasn’t sure if there is a possibility that I’d faint from hunger later on in the midst of rehearsal)

4pm: Tummy still rumbling, headache still going on. But was still able to ignore due to distraction from rehearsals. Drank water throughout the rehearsal.

6.30pm: Done with rehearsal. Got unbearably hungry and snacked on a tuna bun. Drank more water. Got hungry again in a jiffy.

8.00pm: Snacked on two slices of rock-melon and felt significantly better. Got hungry again soon after.

10.30pm: Made myself a multi-grain chicken breast sandwich (from leftover chicken). Completely satisfied with my meal, though I didn’t feel particularly full.

And my 24-hour Fasting Trial Day ended when the clock struck 11pm.

My Conclusion

Progressive Fasting

I should have started with Intermittent Fasting in a progressive manner. I was perhaps too ambitious to try to achieve a 24-hour stint on the first ever Fasting episode in my life! Perhaps starting with a 15-hour fast once weekly for the first 2 weeks would have been more appropriate for my body to adapt to this new nutritional strategy – which is about right since I surrendered and snacked at about 2.30pm (15.5 hours). After 15, I could then progress to 18, then to 20, then to the final 24-hour goal! The nagging headache might also have been avoided if Fasting was done progressively.

Thank God for the Distractions

This is so true for an amateur in Fasting! The hunger pangs were perpetually present the whole time! If there were no distractions that came in the form of work, activities or the environment, my mind would constantly be reminded of the rumbling tummy and I would need a higher level of persuasive skills and mental strength to rid my mind of the feelings! So yes it was indeed a sound strategy to choose a busy day where it was easier for me to focus on other stuff than my tummy.

Starting Afresh

Though the nagging headache persisted for a good part of the day, it was gone by the time I woke up the next morning! Not only was the headache gone, I was largely aware that I felt exceptionally refreshed the next day! You know how sometimes your head feels clouded and blinded with numerous issues when you are at work? Well, I was feeling this way for the last couple of weeks. And yet I was clearly aware that I felt so different after the Trial Fasting Day – refreshed, light and energetic! I must say I cannot confirm if this feeling can be attributed directly to the Fasting Day, but I’d very much like to think so =0)

Is this what people call Detox? haha

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Intermittent Fasting – How did this even Start?

As the name has it, Intermittent Fasting (IF) involves … yes …. Fasting.

Seriously, this is the last dieting/ nutritional strategy to ever cross my mind in my pursuit for a healthy, lean body. Why should I go hungry?

But when Fasting crossed my path recently, it caught my attention.

The Head Coach of Precision Nutrition, Dr John Berardi, experimented with Intermittent Fasting himself and shared his experiences with those who are interested in the topic. You could go to his website and download a free e-resource whereby he documented his experiences to share freely.

As what Coach JB said, he had to try it himself to discover and understand what IF is all about. It is not for everyone, period. But for those who are looking to get a leaner body, this may help achieve your goals. When a great and established coach like Dr JB bothers to put himself to test and experimentation, why shouldn’t I be open to it?

 And I am looking to get leaner anyway!

Also, Brad Pillon, author of Eat Stop Eat, mentioned that Fasting is great for productivity! For one it helps you save time because you don’t need to think about food. That got me sitting right up immediately! Though I love planning for the way I eat now, It’s not quite a bad idea that I do not have to think about food for a day! I can just spend all the time focusing on other stuff! He has a whole list of other benefits to promote fasting, which you can see from his website.

And I am always looking to do more with less!

Based on the above reasons and coupled with the motivation of wanting to be exposed to nutritional strategies that can work for myself, I decided to embark on the challenge of a 24 hour Fasting, in accordance to the plan recommended by Dr JB.

The chosen day was Tuesday, 9 October 2012.

It was a scheduled busy day in school.

There was no scheduled gym workout.

I should be able to complete my trial with the help of the many activities in the day to take my mind off the hunger pangs!

And so I started my Trial Fasting Day at 11pm on Monday, 8 October 2012.

I will be sharing my feelings and experiences on my Trial Fasting Day in the next post!

Look Out for It!