Were I only counting pure water fasts, I’m not fasting today. By a more liberal definition of fasting (less than 500 calories in a day, 80% or more of it fat), I’ve finished three days as of 8 pm today. Going by how my body feels and is responding, I am willing to call this the start of day 4.
My blood sugars moved below 100 this afternoon, and I recorded an 88 later in the evening. My wife noted my breathing is “more dry;” I am still getting short of breath easily, but I can take deeper breaths, and if I cough it’s not a wet cough. Lowered inflammation in the chest, I’d guess. My legs are less swollen. My knee isn’t as achy. I slept decently last night, and felt wide awake at 6 am. (I went back to sleep, and was groggy when I finally woke up around 9 am.)
My weight was down another four pounds, 15 pounds from Saturday.
My brain feels sharper.
I felt some solid temptations today when I went to the break room, but I also heard the counter voices. I did resort to InstaKetones a couple of times. I regret nothing.
I changed my goal from 410 pounds to 440 pounds, which is a hair below my lowest recent weight. I haven’t bounced below it yet, so that’s the goal. After that I’ll likely stick to smaller near term goals so it’s close enough to reach with a decent fast, if I don’t backslide. The folks who have had the most success this year, the folks featured on the podcasts, are those who are consistent – cycling between five days fasting (weekdays) and two days of keto eating (weekends).
I’m feeling good about the last three days because I wasn’t perfect, but I was doing pretty well. Each day I’ve aimed to improve on the day before.
A note on the ketones. It came up on the Facebook group, and Megan was pretty blunt about sticking to coconut and MCT oil for “ketones”, which is cheaper than the over-priced, over-processed crud I bought. I don’t disagree, and the coconut oil is a lot cheaper, so when I finish these bags I likely won’t get more. I do think it made the last three days easier, but I don’t want to use it as a crutch. The closer I am to pure water fasts, the more autophagy I can rely on to deal with loose skin.