As someone who's favorite meal of the day is breakfast if you told me in my 20's that I'd be obsessed with fasting in my 30's I wouldn't believe you.
It took a while to get to this point - loving fasting - but if I could do it, you can too.
In this video I share three reasons why fasting might be hard and I provide solutions to helping you train your mind and body to fast.
The last 5 or so years I've been practicing time-restricted feeding, doing OMAD (one meal a day), 24-hour fasts, and prolonged water fasts (72-hours of water only, twice a year).
I worked my way up to being able to do those types of fasts.
If you are interested in fasting, I would highly recommend you go to the experts:
- Dr. Peter Attia
- Dr. Rhonda Patrick
- Dr. Valter Longo
- Dr. Jason Fung
- Dr. Mindy Peltz
These are people doing the research and going to the primary resources on fasting.
I go into greater depth in the video but here is a summary of the points made:
Your Body is not Fat-Adapted
- Try slow carb or keto for a while
- eat more healthy fats and lower carb intake
- increase protein intake
- try shorter fasts and work your way up to longer fasts
Fasting is Mentally Challenging
- know that each fast gets easier, for your body as well as mind
- be patient
- do it often, in the form of daily TRF
- work your way up to longer fasts,
- remind yourself of the beneficial effects of fasting
- visualize your body repairing itself during fasting
Blood Sugar Dysregulation
- decrease or eliminate insulin spiking foods and beverages (white bread, sugars, refined carbs and sugars, fruit juices)
- increase blood sugar balancing foods (healthy fats, seeds, nuts, veggies, eggs, meat)
- practice daily TRF
- exercise regularly
- get good sleep (8 hours a night)
Anyone can fast. If you put your mind to it and gradually get into fasting by working your way up to tighter feeding windows and longer prolonged fasts you will adapt.
If fasting is something you're curious about, please do the research ahead of time.
It takes time to get used to fasting but your body and mind will adjust over time. It might take a bit of patience, but so do a lot of things in life! Think about how long it takes to build muscle and how patient we have to be with that, right?
Hopefully this was helpful, leave a comment on the YouTube video if you would like to share your personal insights and experience about fasting :)
See you in the next one!