My latest weight loss stall lasted more than seven weeks and I finally broke through it a few days ago. The biggest reason for the stall was stress. I’ve been really busy since the end of November and with the busy came a good amount of stress.
I’m a stress eater, so fasting was off the table. I did a bit of intermittent fasting here and there, but I was simply not able to take it beyond 16 hours a day, a couple of times a week.
I also started walking for an hour every day around this time and that spiked my hunger and made want to eat more. I don’t like being hungry and I didn’t want to will myself to not eat, so I enjoyed the walking and I ate when I wanted to eat.
I wasn’t losing weight, but I wasn’t gaining either and I felt healthy and energetic despite the stress getting me down every now and then. So I stopped thinking about my weight and just got on with my life.
Things settled down for me a week ago and straight away, I lost half a kilo. Then I woke up three days ago, had a big cup of keto coffee and an hour later, I decided that I didn’t want to eat for the rest of the day. I haven’t eaten anything since then. I am 81 hours into a fast at the moment and I’m doing surprisingly well.
This is not a water-only fast. But the only things I’m having every day are a small cup of coffee with a tablespoon of cream, a cup of vegetable broth and a cup of green tea. I’m taking my supplements as well.
And I’ve kept up the daily walking. Three days without food and I’m doing all the work that I normally do and I’m walking 5 kms a day. I actually went 6 kms yesterday and I was buzzing by the end of it. Honestly, I could’ve kept going.
I know that a lot of people exercise fasted and there are athletes out there running marathons and ultra marathons in a fasted state, so this is probably not a big deal. But it is a big deal for me.
The best part of this experience is that all of this has required no real will power on my part because I’m not hungry and my energy has not dipped ever since I started the fast. I don’t feel any different than I do on days that I’m eating. It does require a bit of discipline and self control to not eat day after day, but it is not all that hard because I feel good and I feel well. I’ve had the odd hunger pang, but it’s mild and it goes away quickly. What makes this experience even more amazing to me is that I’m currently on my period.
I’m finding it hard to believe that fasting can be this easy, but it is. So all those people in the forums and the podcasts were telling the truth.
I started with the intention of doing a 24 hour fast. I didn’t think I would be able to go longer than that because it’s been so difficult for me to fast over the last couple of months. I got to the end of 24 hours and I didn’t feel the need or the inclination to eat, so I decided to carry on. I still have no desire to eat, so I’ll keep going.
I want to see if I can make it for a full five days. But I’m not going to push myself. If I feel too hungry or too weak at any point, I’ll eat. At the moment, though, I feel pretty good.
I am, of course, losing weight. I’ve lost 1.75 kgs (3.85 pounds) over the last three days and while that is fantastic, the thing that I am happiest about is knowing that I can go more than three days without food and be just fine.