Fasting

While I was reading this post on how to handle involuntary hunger, the thought occurred to me:  why not try fasting voluntarily, and then use these same tips to get me through the experience?  Yes, it would be hard — but these tips might help.

The advantages could be huge:  lose weight, and maybe even reverse Type 2 diabetes, completely or partially.  I think some detoxing regimes advocate fasting, but I don’t know much about that (need to look into it).  A fast would save some money too, although that’s not the primary reason to do this.

This would not be an absolute fast.  I typically eat lunch with my colleagues during the work week — I would still do that.  Occasionally, I eat socially, mostly with my life coach to talk things over — that wouldn’t change either.

What would be cut are the meals that I eat by myself.  I could still allow myself to eat something — maybe a little fruit in the morning for energy, and vegetables anytime (e.g., tomatoes, celery, steamed broccoli, cooked kale, roasted asparagus, etc.) for fiber and nutrients.  I recently started taking a multivitamin, which I would continue.

I would drink freely, too:  water, tea, and vegetable juice would be fine.  Maybe beef broth and chicken broth to help deal with meat cravings.  Speaking of meat, maybe sardines would work.  I actually like sardines, although I wouldn’t want to eat alot of them at a time.

This could be both easy and hard.  Easy, because it requires no extra investment of time or money.  Indeed, a fast would free up time and money that would otherwise be spent on meals.  Hard, because obviously, I could feel hungry much of the time — although according to that blog post, the hunger is supposed to go away after a few days.

How long would I keep it up?  I don’t know.  This would be an experiment.  Not forever.  I would watch my weight on the bathroom scale, and if I fell from 170 down to 150, I would probably declare victory and gradually ease off the fasting routine.  If I’m feeling weak and unable to do things, I could consider increasing my calories a bit.

Interestingly, my biggest concern is how to deal with a growling stomach that lots of people might notice.  Research assignment:  see if there’s a way to deal with those growls.

So this might sound crazy, but why not try.  I can stop the experiment anytime.

Update:  here are some ideas for low-calorie eats.  It suggests, however, that fasting might cause the body to hold onto fat instead of burning it.  But hey, that’s why we experiment.  We’re all different:  what works for you might not work for me, and vice versa.  You don’t know until you try.