I fasted for 30 days from November 5th to December 5th.
For 30 days, I did not eat or drink anything other than water (no juice or special drinks) — only water.
Over the past year, I fasted 2 other times … 20 days and 22 days.
I have read a lot about fasting, and I like to fast.
I don’t “fast” to lose weight or for religious purposes. I do it for the health benefit, and also the focus it gives me.
It is indescribable how great I feel when I fast.
Seriously, each time I have fasted, I have so much energy and feel great. I get insomnia because I have so much energy at night … its truly remarkable how good one feels on a fast.
The process is fairly simple.
When I fast – the first day is not a problem, but the 2nd and 3rd day is the challenge, but from the 4th day onwards it is easy.
After a week, you feel so good, and have so much energy that not eating is no problem at all. I can go to restaurants with my friends or family and sit with them and watch them eat without any difficulty.
People often comment about how strong I am mentally to be able to fast for a month … but in fact, fasting is very very easy, and when you fast you feel so good … you feel great and you don’t want to eat.
There are many negative misconceptions and myths about fasting … and all of them are surely said/spread by people who have never fasted or know anything about it.
Anyone who has not read about fasting and knows nothing about fasting … the reaction is often, “its not good for you.”
But in fact “fasting” is great for our health.
For the reader who is interested in trying, I think you must read about fasting before you try it.
I do not suggest anyone who has never read about fasting, and knows nothing about it to try and fast because you will fail.
But make no mistake … in all honesty, fasting is very easy.
Again, I didn’t fast to lose weight, but in the 30 days, I lost 14 kg (31 lbs) and at the end of the fast my body fat was 7.6% and I weighed about 79 kg (173 lbs) I am 45 years old, 6′ 4″ and have not been this lean and fit since I was 14?
The first 20 day fast I did earlier this year, during the 20 days, I ran 6 days a week at least 60 minutes a day and on the weekend up to 3 hours … all while I fasted. Yes, I know … it is not recommended to exercise while fasting, but I felt great .. and I ran the fastest 30 kms of my life on day 20 of that fast.
The only reason I share this blog about my fasting is because maybe a reader or two out there might be interested to try … and it’s a cool experience to go an entire month without eating or drinking anything, but water.
It helps me focus.
I recommend the book “The Science of Fasting and Sunbathing (The Hygienic System)” by Herbert Shelton. I have read this book at least 5 times.