Afterthoughts of a 36-hour Fast – [May 2017]

I recently traveled to Boston and I decided to do a 36 hour fast. Over the past few weeks I’ve deliberately not been doing IF consistently and I’ve been eating big at night, right before bed, with no observable changes in physique.

So, before this, somewhat short, fast, I thought that I wouldn’t be surprised if I find encounter some sort of difficulty along the way, such as lower-energy, headaches, and food craving. I haven’t had food cravings since 2013, so I forgot how it feels having them.

I wrote a similar post in October 2016 when I traveled to Washington. You can read it on my steemit blog. I’m going to outline this one in a similar way – in the form of a timeline.

Day 1:

22:30 – Finished last meal (the second and the large meal of the day).
Total food intake for the day: ~2,060 kcals.
Workout was in the morning: calisthenics.
Had 2 long cold showers.

Day 2:

Woke up at 4:30 A.M.
Long cold shower.
Fasted the entire day.
Walked 19,858 steps – about 14.6 kilometers.
Had I double espresso with some milk.
Long cold shower.
Went to bed at 23:30.

Day 3:

Woke up at 6:30 A.M.
Did some calisthenics and took a long cold shower.
Had black coffee at 9 A.M.
First meal at ~11 A.M., after 36+ hours fast.

A few Words…

Okay, the milk in the espresso is technically considered (by me) as an insignificant amount of calories-in, in the greater scheme of the fast.

Unlike the Washington trip I did not plan ahead for overfeeding. I lost about 2 pounds and I’m still around maintenance weight (slightly lower). If I tend to lose more weight, I’ll definitely bump up the calories.

What really surprised me what the constancy in mood and in energy levels. And even more surprising was the ease of how it all progressed. It kindof didn’t feel like fasting and I didn’t think of food or felt hunger at any moment.

I might actually do this more often for the convenience of it and for devoting more time to prolonged focused mental work, but if I increase the frequency, I’d probably have to overfeed more often so that I remain at maintenance. Afterall, my maintenance boils down to calories in and calories out, while the rest of the many other variables have a lower importance (some are important, but not as important).

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4 Responses to Afterthoughts of a 36-hour Fast – [May 2017]

  1. Kira Miftari says:

    Thnx for the racap:-) This is number one reason I am reluctant to do fasts – I don’t have weight to loose, and my body lets go of the weigth really quickly if I dont keep the calories up… As a result, my body goes towards skinny-fat look which I don’t like. Overfeeding works way too slow for me – I dont seem to digest that excess food/calories, it takes a couple of months to see results, but then my GI is not happy… I wish there was a way to fast and reap the benefits without loosing weight, don’t you!?! That could be ur next topic 😉

    • Chris Chris says:

      a quick reply, at a glance, would be to do progressive resistance training or some form of intense exercise to workout your fast twitching muscle fibers. In time, you’d probably be able to shift your body composition in a positive direction. Overfeeding and fasting (or some sort of meal timing split) in that case would make much more sense, imho.

  2. Kim says:

    I love following your fasting articles Vlad. I like learning the science behind how I feel during fasting and the way you explain things.

    I just embarked on my first multi-day fast after doing three 40-hout fasts on separate occasions. Only 20 hours into it so far, but it’s looking good.

    Thanks for all your helpful information and the effort you put into your videos.

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