To keep myself accountable and for future reference, I have decided to post about the 7-day fast I am beginning. Today, I will be eating “normally”, as in, “the way most people eat.”
Unusually for me (at least over the past 12 months), I have eaten breakfast and lunch, and I will be making and eating dinner. After the fast, I will go back to my OMAD routine, except that my one meal will be in the evening instead of in the morning right after returning from the gym. This change is based on what I have recently learned about digestion timing (from Ori Hofmeckler), the enteric nervous system (from Julien Pineau) and mitochondrial health (from Siim Land).
Beginning tomorrow, 01 April 2019, I will abstain from food for 168 hours.
The first 48 hours will be done as a “dry fast”, meaning that I will not eat or drink anything at all. In fact, as far as possible, I will avoid all contact with water for 48 hours. As crazy as this may sound, it is actually a pretty tame version of the dry fast, which some YouTubers report doing for 7+ days. Two reasons for this are:
To force rapid ketosis – having the body enter into a state of ketogenisis as quickly is possible is important due to the muscle-sparing effect. Rather than resorting to gluconeogenesis through metabolism of lean mass, a body in ketosis will use fats as the primary energy source.
To promote anti-inflammation – “Dry fasting forces the body to obtain water from the cells. That is why the body’s “superfluous” tissues (fat deposits, edemas, tumors) are eliminated faster than in the case of water fasting.” (reference = http://syhoegolodanie.com/why-dry-fasting-more-effective-other-kinds-body-cleansing)
After this initial phase, I will switch to “Snake Juice” – a recipe created by inspirational speaker and mentor Cole Robinson.
I’m really looking forward to this. It will be my second prolonged fast, after a 5-day fast a month ago. My aim is to keep a log in my journal about the experience and post a video and blog entry each day. My first video (a bit long and dull, but not too bad for a first try with no editing) is below: