Haven’t posted on one of these threads since October, I think, because I had been doing alternate day fasts from the end of June until early November and knocked off for a couple of reasons.
First: it seemed like it was no longer working. I couldn’t tell if I was losing weight but that could partly be because I had extended my cycling to longer rides and I’m pretty sure I was building muscle. I can certainly tell my rides are getting faster, which says I’m getting stronger, and I can see musculature in my legs that was long gone, but 6 pounds of muscle? 8 pounds?
Second: the diarrhea problem. Always on the day I was ending my fast (I’d end at 42-ish hours). Some days were downright unpleasant. Not to mention very painful. Not to mention … never mind. I won’t mention that. No matter what sort of electrolyte cocktail I came up with, I never fully escaped that.
Long story shortened, I’m at hour 66 of a planned 112-114 hour fast (from dinner Sunday night until brunch on Friday). This is now the longest I’ve ever fasted. Having some herbal tea and I feel fine. Just got back from my every-other-day 13 mile bike ride and I feel fine while riding.
I didn’t eat carbs over the holidays. The big day dinners were good and low carb. I had a slice of low carb cheesecake once and made a mug cake once. Also made a mug muffin for a sandwich once. No fat bombs, no keto cookies or anything like that. Yet I seemed to steadily gain weight, and like @goldwingnut said, I ain’t going back!
When I was sure I was losing (and I had broken a stall that lasted over a year) but before I started riding farther and harder, I got down to 197. Last week it was 207, although the Tanita bodyfat scale said my %BF was down. An extra 2% is about an extra 4 pounds, so the best I can say is that I went from 197 to 203 - a gain of 6 pounds. It’s time to start fasting or something to stop that weight gain.
I’m searching for a way to get back to losing and since ADF seemed to stop working, I either try that again to see if taking a two month break solves things, or try different length fasts. Any suggestions?