A Bit about Fasting and Why I Do It

 

Fasting has been practiced for centuries throughout the world for many reasons. I have fasted in some shape or form since my 20’s after a friend (Hi Maddi!) told me that her friend, magician David Blaine, swore by the health benefits that fasting provided him.

I have fasted multiple times over the years for 3 days to as long as 28 days and did not have any of the information or science to back my choices up back then, I just knew it had such a positive impact on my health and wellbeing I would do a fast every fall and spring from 3 to 10 days depending on how my body responded to the fasting.

Today there is so much more science and information published about the benefits of fasting. Dr. Jason Fung was a speaker at a Health Conference that CrossFit sponsored, he is a Nephrologist and Author as well as an expert on Fasting, Longevity and Low-Carb Nutrition. He utilizes Fasting in his practice to treat patients with Type 2 Diabetes and other auto-immune conditions. If you are really interested in a full detailed outline of the history and science of Fasting as well as it’s benefits, I would suggest you go to his website and read Dr. Fung’s Fasting Essays. He not only documents the history of fasting, but the science behind it.

Currently I choose to Intermittently Fast (16:8)–I eat my food between 1pm-8pm daily. If you really think about it, it’s just skipping breakfast, and I have zero issues with it. I do my workouts in the morning fasted and have had no performance issues. In addition, I am following a well-formulated ketogenic diet (I’ll write a separate post about it). I think my transition between fasting was made easier due to the fact I was already “off the carbs” and eating a well-formulated ketogenic diet.

I also have revived my former practice of fasting for multiple days and have recently completed a 7-Day Fast (5-Day Fast + 2 Day transition start and finish). This last fast I took the time to document both my fasting blood glucose and ketone levels to really understand the processes that were happening in my body as I fasted. I cut back on my training and did lighter loads for my workouts. I’ll fully detail it out in a separate post. I felt great and saw both cognitive and physical benefits during the fast.

I recommend these books if you are new to fasting

The documentaries The Science of Fasting and Fasting are also definitely worth viewing and are on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

Additional Resources

My Fitness Pal

Zero-Fasting Tracker App

BodyFast App

 

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