Went from a 235lb guy to an Ironman, keeping the journey going to stay fit. Hope something here helps others!
Friday, October 12, 2018
The 36h Fast
36 hours has been my longest fast to date.
I'm not sure I will push it further - I might. It went fantastically well.
I Gots Energy!
I feel fantastic. I have energy, I'm not tired. I'm not hungry. My mood is great.
Sure there were a few dips during the 36h, and the odd hunger pang - but I have dips every day, and odd hunger pangs.
In fact I would say my hunger was less than between meals on a regular eating day! And way less than when I try to reduce calories. I think that's what makes fasting so appealing (and, frankly, bizarre).
I did something to make it a bit crazier - I ran 15km at the 22h mark of the fast, on just water. Well, technically, lemon juice and water with a bit of salt... to each one's own! No calories, though, which is the main point.
I was slower than I'd have been fully carb'd up carrying a bottle of Gatorade - no question. But I did it, and didn't feel bad. I've done a few fasted runs leading up to this, so I figure it's my body adapting. In studies fat-adapted athletes were able to metabolize 2.5 times as much fat as high carb athletes.
Fat For Fuel
Fat is not as efficient of a fuel - true.
Fat is not already in your muscle like muscle glycogen is - true.
But there's a whoooolllle lot of it. If one turns to ultra-endurance then fat is going to be a big part of how you get to the end. Better learn to burn it for fuel!
I'm down about 8 pounds since September (some I'm sure is water/etc!) as of this morning, 36h fasted. Even unfasted I'm down ~4 pounds, so some of it is definitely real weight loss.
Going to keep on it! Feels like I finally hit on something that works.
Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom)
Post a Comment