My 5-Day Fast

My 5-Day fast is complete. Total weight loss, 11.4 lbs. Blood ketone level at fast end, 2.7. I would consider this an extremely successful fast.

Food has always been something I enjoy. In fact I enjoy it so much I always order way too much and yet still eat it all. Portion control has always been a problem for me. I would simply eat way more than my body actually needed. Not only did I eat too much but I ate too much of the foods that were probably the absolute worst choices I could make. “If its green its trouble, if its fried get double”.

This way of eating coupled with extreme inactivity put me on the road to a 300 lb body weight. I never reached 300 thank God but I sure came close. This was the moment in my life where I knew something had to change but I still had one problem. I didn’t know what had to change, or at least I didn’t think I knew. 

It’s easy to say eat healthy and workout every day but in reality those are big topics and it is in the details that most people get lost and therefore stay overweight or obese their whole lives. People need to know what to eat, when to eat, and how much of it to eat. They need to know where to buy it, how to cook it, and even how to order it when they are out dining. We also need to know how to exercise, when to exercise, and to what degree. If I am over a certain age should I be lifting weights like a bodybuilder or should I be pushing on the machines? Is cardio best for my current situation or should I do HITT (high intensity interval training)?

After struggling with these questions for many years, and I do mean many years, I finally stumbled onto a medical paper about how the Ketogenic Diet was being used to treat children with epilepsy. The hidden benefit was weight loss. I became intrigued and quickly began my first journey experimenting with the Keto Diet with great success. I soon found out that fasting and the Keto Diet seemed to go hand-in-hand so I also started experimenting with fasting which turned out to be the absolute fastest way to get your body into ketosis.

I just completed my first, 5-day water only fast which brings us to this article. Going 5 days without eating any food seems scary at first. Days leading up to the fast were spent visualizing all sorts of bad things. Anger, hunger pangs, hunger pain, headaches, sleeplessness, and an all round sense of just losing my mind thinking about food. None of these happened, not any of them. Mark Twain said it best; “I’ve known a great many troubles but most of them never happened”. I freaked myself out before I even started but I did start and learned it was not even remotely close to what I imagined it to be.

I kept busy during the fast and I think that mostly helped keep my mind off of the fact that not a single calorie passed by my lips. I had energy, my mood was good, I slept good, and the time went by faster than I expected. I did have trouble getting up in the morning but I always have trouble getting out of bed. It just seemed a little harder during the week of fasting.

I plan on doing another one soon and perhaps will log more details as I go this time. Fasting coupled with the Ketogenic Diet is the white knight of losing weight. I have finally found something that works and I can actually stick with. Now, on to figure out how to get myself to the gym.

Scott West

Scott West M.Ed. BSCS

Scott West is an expert in Success Psychology & Performance Psychology with a focus on health, wealth, & lifestyle success.

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