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.