Few weeks ago, I was talking with a couple of friends who had just finished three days of fasting. While they were telling me about their experience, I kept thinking “I would never be able to do something like that”!
I was sure about that because I get nervous very fast when I’m hungry and I really enjoy eating a good dish, but some random events changed my mind.
One week after, on a Wednesday morning, I woke up and I just didn’t feel the need of having a breakfast which is something that I normally do. Maybe I just eat too much the evening before, so I start working without eating anything.
After 4 hours it was time to decide what to cook for lunch, but I was not really inspired (maybe with a full fridge the feeling would have been different, but I had not been to get groceries so…).
In that moment I thought “What if I try?” Could I be able to fast? I was curious and I was actually underestimating myself.
So I skipped the breakfast and the lunch, and I started drinking a lot of water. I started reading some articles online and I decided that my dinner would be a vegetable broth (but without eating the vegetables, of course!) and I kept doing it the next day and the day after. I just added a cup of tea in the morning and a cup of tea in the afternoon.
Actually, that was the most difficult part: filling the moments where you normally are used to eating. You feel a bit lost during lunch break at work, for example. Also, I needed flavors. Surprisingly, it was not the fasting itself that was the hard part but not tasting any flavors; so tea and broth were very helpful in this.
Around the afternoon of the second day, I shared this experience with some colleagues here at work and they shared with me some very interesting videos about the topic (you can find at the bottom the one I liked the most), and I started realizing that I was actually doing something good for my body. A short fasting (2-3 days not more than twice, three times per year) seems to have very good impact on it so I really wanted to resist one more day.
I was very surprised about how easy was to not eat, and I wasn’t feeling bad either.
During this experience I realized that I probably eat every day more than I really need, and for sure more sugar than I should. It was also surprising that the first thing I eat (and be careful because you must start eating again gradually and avoid big quantities of sugar in order to not suffer a sugar spike!) had a different flavor than expected, somewhat bitter. Still this feeling changed in the next few hours.
In some of the articles I read, the journalists were saying that after a fasting your need of sugar is less than before starting. Honestly, I’m not so sure about this, I was really looking forward to some cookies! But I still thought that the experience was interesting and I’m happy to have done it. I’m also happy to have done it in a very relax mood. I had it clear in my mind that if that was too much for me, I would just have stopped it and I would have started eating again.
Personally, if the benefits are really as much as they explain in the video, I’m not excluding doing it again in the future. But I’m curious about your opinions. Have you ever tried, what do you think?
Disclaimer: the intention of this post is just to share an experience and to collect opinions. As explained in the text, this experience cannot be prolonged and skip meals on a regular basis is not a good behavior. You should consider talking with your doctor if you’d like to do this experience as well and don’t think of this experience as a faster way to lose weight; it is not. Even if you see a change in your weight that is more than anything just liquids, so if you consider to start this experience, just do that with the right objective and the right state of mind.
Looking forward to reading your opinions on the topic. Take care of yourselves.
Here is the video recommended to me by my colleague, if you’d like to take a look: What Really Happens When We Fast? - YouTube