My N=1 Fasting Experiment: Day 1

For over 27 weeks, I’ve been on a transformation journey of weight loss and health gains using a low-carb, ketogenic diet.  Thanks to Jimmy Moore, Dr. Jason Fung, and the support of many others in various online communities, I’ve taken my journey to the next level with fasting.  Experiencing amazing results, I decided to jump on board with an extended fast, and this series of blog posts will chronicle my experiences.

Jimmy Moore put a call out on social media that encouraged folks to join him in a seven-day fast where participants would consume nothing but water and salt.  He also suggested that folks make it “stress free” by taking no biometrics — no weight, no blood tests, no measurements of any kind.  While I like the concept in theory, that’s not how I’ll be proceeding with my fast.

I finished my supper on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 9:00pm.  I’m counting March 20th as “day 1”.

On the morning of day one, my stats looked like this:

  • Weight: 251.8
  • Blood Pressure: 113/76
  • Pulse: 86
  • Blood Glucose: 107 mg/dL
  • Blood Ketones: 2.1 mmol/L

Then, yesterday evening, I had my daughter take measurements and progress photos.

  • Hips: 54″
  • Waist: 45″
  • Bust: 48″

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So how did day one go overall? Well, I was definitely hungrier than I’ve been in the past on day one of an extended fast.  I attribute that to the fact that I didn’t feast before starting my fast because I was having all sorts of gut distress (which is part of what prompted this fast.) I did use some butter and MCT oil in coffee yesterday, but I’m perfectly OK with that “crutch” as some people call it.

I also had some reflux at the end of day one.  Reflux isn’t usual for me when I’m eating keto, but as I said earlier, something triggered GI issues (even though I didn’t eat anything that I haven’t eaten many times before.) I really think fasting will give my digestive system a well-deserved break.  That’s the hope, anyway.

I’m definitely excited to share my progress.  I’m looking forward to feeling better for sure!

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