So I’ve done fasting two times now. First was 72 hours. Last 12 was a bit painful, I woke up and couldn’t sleep more that night because I was so hungry. But I stuck to it and completed 72 hours.
This weekend I did 48 hours fast. Much smoother, less stressful and I slept like a baby.
Could be that I knew what to expect and was more mentally aware when the first hunger signals hit my brain so I could keep busy and avoid get stuck cultivating the hunger pain. Or it could be 48 hours is just that much easier because of the shorter fast. I also do IF on a 18/6 or 20/4 routine depending on schedule, whats in my calendar and what I need to get done.
Anyway. Before I fasted I read up and took notes to get a better undersatnding of how and why I should fast and all the benefits from fasting. And I felt like all those benefits from fasting, it was like everything that is missing, or what I’ve been short changed for in my life. So I think I can have huge gain from fasting.
For a short period until first week of august I will do fast once a week. At the moment I lean towards the 48 hours fast, because that was easy. But, at the same time, I need to harvest as much of the benefits from fasting before I head of to fat camp in august. It is a 6 week course with insane exercise program, tailor’d to each individual, of course. But still, after years on the office chair and in the coach at home the longest walks I’ve done is the walk from an airplane to the baggage pick up point. Or from the door to the car at the parking lot.
My fear is the my weight already high markers for inflammation will cause joint and back pain soon after I put my body to work. And I need to do what I can to compensate. And fasting is the only thing that might give me a boost I feel. If I can manage I might even do a weekly 48 hours at the camp as well.
So for stam cells, autophagy and to lesson inflammation, will 48 hours work well, or should I just bite the bullet and do 72 hours fast?
I’ll read somewhere (didn’t seem to bookmark it) that there is a diminishing return from fast over 72 hours. But some sites said even 48 hours. And that stam cells are already renewed after 48 hours fast.
What is correct, will 48 hour fast suffice or should I do 72 hours fast to get the most benefits?
I can manage both, I know that. But I would prefer not withdraw all my willpower before I enter the camp. I should keep enough in the bank for a few withdraws at the camp too, because that will most likely be the toughest and hardest thing I have ever done.