I thought it might be helpful to post what a 24 hour fast looks like using the Eat Stop Eat method. I was due for a fast anyway, so today, March 26, 2013, I fasted. To be 100% accurate, I fasted from dinner on March 25th to dinner on March 26th.
I use the dinner to dinner time frame because I find it to be the least disruptive in my life. I don’t miss one dinner with my family at night. My breakfast and lunch I usually eat alone at work anyway (I work as a contractor, so I am never in the same place every day). I fine this works out for the best because once people catch wind that you are “fasting” you either have to be ready to answer a lot of questions and take a lot of heat. People have a lot of incorrect information about fasting and therefore typically have a negative opinion about it.
If I am doing a fast and someone happens to notice my “non-meal”, I typically throw some white lie out there like, I already ate, just to spare the awkward defensive conversation that usually follows.
Anyway, on to the 24 hours of fasting:
3/25/13 6:00pm: Had a normal size dinner of beef stew.
3/25/13 Rest of the night: Watched TV and did not snack. I was still satisfied from dinner so not even thinking about the fast. To be perfectly honest, I hadn’t even decided yet that I would do the fast.
10:00pm: Hour 4 of fast. Hunger level 0/10. Went to bed.
7:00am: Hour 13 of fast: Woke up and got ready for work. Hunger level 0/10. Gotta love sleeping through the first half of the fast!
8:00am: Hour 14 of fast: Hunger level 0/10. Prepared all of my zero calorie liquids to bring with me to work. Prep is essential when fasting. Have to be ready to fend off those occasional hunger pangs, otherwise you may cheat! I packed about 32 oz of water, made coffee (black with some liquid Stevia), green tea in my thermos for later (also with liquid Stevia). I also have emergency sugar free Xylitol gum called Spry.
9:00am. Hour 15 of fast. Hunger level 1/10. Arrived at work. Drank my coffee in the drive.
10:00am. Hour 16 of fast. Hunger level 3/10. Started drinking my water. If you keep your stomach full of water, it helps a lot.
11:00am. Hour 17 of fast. Hunger level 5/10. This is when I usually start to get hungry for lunch. You will notice when you do the fast that your hunger will be stronger around the time you usually eat your meals. (Not surprising) What IS interesting is that when meal time passes without eating, your hunger will fade as if you DID eat. The mind is powerful when it comes to hunger.
12:00pm. Hour 18 of fast. Hunger level 0/10. I had a work deadline that popped up at lunch time. Distractions are a great way to lower that hunger level. It works wonders.
1:00pm. Hour 19 of fast. Hunger level 2/10. Time to drink the green tea. Wanted something hot to drink. This helps also when fasting, to have something warm or hot to drink.
2:00pm. Hour 20 of fast. Hunger 3/10. Still drinking water. Have already peed many times. I can just feel my body flushing everything out! I am rinsing myself out! Literally.
3:00pm. Hour 21 of fast. Hunger level 4/10. Drove home after work. Chewed a couple of pieces of gum on the drive. Also talked on the phone with a friend to pass the time.
4:00pm. Hour 22 of fast. Hunger level 5/10. I am home now. And the kitchen is so close. I could just walk over and grab a quick bite..Ahhhhh..I have noticed that for me, it is much easier to fast when I am NOT home. Temptation is way too great at home, with all of your favorite foods around. I kept busy and vacuumed the downstairs.
5:00pm. Hour 23 of fast. Hunger level 6/10. It is getting close to dinner time, so my hunger levels are rising in sweet anticipation…Still feel very good, high energy, no weakness, no shakiness, nothing. It is very eye opening to go through one of these fasts and realize that you don’t have to eat every 3 hours to keep your body going!
6:00pm. Hour 24 of fast. Hunger level 5/10. I always get to dinner and say to myself…I can go longer…but I never do. I had a medium size boneless skinless chicken breast, asparagus cooked in coconut oil and butter, and about 1/2 of a baked sweet potato. And let’s not forget my 2 inch square of dark chocolate…
That’s it folks! Not so bad right??
What the scale told me the morning before the fast (3/26/13): 135.1 lbs
What the scale told me the morning after the fast (3/27/13): 133.1 lbs
TWO WHOLE POUNDS in one day.
Totally worth it.
Hope this diary entry helps ease some of your fears about doing a one day fast. It really sounds scarier than it is.
Doing a fast also is a big confidence booster. You accomplish something pretty cool during the day. Something you might have never thought you would be able to do. Congratulate yourself! You are doing great things for your health!