Originally Posted by gort
How can you manage to go on a water fast for two months? Don't you have any sort of social life? Do you participate in any sort of physical activities, or did you just lay around all day?
I have a social life sure, but likely not as active as most around here as I'm married with kids and I'm a professional. My day job has me in a lab or at a computer a lot so the daytime wasn't horrid. The hardest part was being around food. Not the sights, but the smells.
Originally Posted by IamKris
I'm kinda curious and have the following questions.
1. What type of physical activity did you do while you were fasting?
2. Did it affect your cognition in any way?
3. What was your weight before and after the fast?
I play squash and practice Jiu-Jitsu and Kung-fu. On the fast, I had to scale back on the squash as intense cardio would wipe me out. To compensate, I would go jogging at night 3x/week for about 5 km. My Sifu was having a riot over my fast and during some private sessions would work me really hard while laughing. Remarkably, if I had an early morning session, I would be wiped out but an evening session I would be fine and could have handled a run and did so a couple of times, but ordinarily the objective was only one type of exercise a day.
The one major scaling back I did was with my anaerobic exercise which I wouldn't do a second time. I would maintain the type of cardio I did (and actually won't be changing up for these two weeks) but will keep a 3x/week low rep high weight anaerobic workout. I lost too much of my muscle mass after the second month and although I gained it back quickly enough I had to gain it back.
Before the fast I had creeped up around 195 and started to look like Russel Crowe in Robin Hood. Muscular with a layer of bulk I wanted to get rid of. By the end I had oscillated between 143 and 147 depending on the amount of water I had taken in the night before. I drank only distilled water from a local reverse osmosis distillery. It's what my family drink and what I have in my lab, so it is what I drank. I also took vitamin supplements, a multivitamin fortified with Iron and extra Vit B, C and D supplements. Otherwise it was just water with the odd bit of lime or lemon juice on Saturday and Sunday afternoons for some flavouring.
I did this as an experiment rather than a weight loss regimen. There was a competing physician who was doing something completely different (and he was double my weight to start). He only ate Twinkies and Nachos. It worked out that he lost 20 lbs over his time frame and it was of course completely based on calorie control. He reduced his caloric intake but ate what he wanted. Of course he had high sodium, fat and cholesterol and little vits and protein but it was again, only for a short time and meant as an experiment with trained professionals watching him. Both of us will be publishing in medical journals, in fact I think he may have already submitted.
As for mental acuity, I had a clarity of mind I hadn't felt since I was a Letterman back in my undergrad days. Most days my focus matched my clarity but there were some days where although my mind was very clear, I had trouble focusing on my work. Not that my mind was blank, but I couldn't sit still and really focus my attention on say an experiment I was running that day, or something I was reading etc. These days would come and go but they certainly were a bother. This happened only after the first 30 days of fasting for me.
Originally Posted by blazingazn
man whoever the OP is, they're taking everyone for a ride.
there are a group of people in india that practice this, but they are highly religious, highly dedicated and make this their lives.
they look like concentration camp prisoners.
i recommend everyone just unsubscribe from this bullshit and spend time reading a thread about real health and fitness.
Fasting is actually practiced all over the world by the religiously inclined and otherwise. In fact, fasting has been part of human culture for 15 000 years if not more. Fasting has usually been very short term to short term (a day to a few days, sometimes 10-14 days). More extreme fasting has been for a month or two (what I tried) and then as noted above the very very extreme which isn't starvation clinically defined but comes close are those that fast for very long periods on nothing but water and some flat bread. That said this is often part of a ritual, like building up to a long test of endurance in both food reduction and running (like one group of SouthEast Asian monks). They will fast and then run continuously for obscene amonts of time (solid days and days non-stop).
For someone who is looking to lose weight and feel great, regular variable exercise combining aerobic and anaerobic training is the way to go along with a balanced diet. But don't knock those who have tried a fast and succeeded. The cleansing and healing of the GI tract alone is worth the effort of a 10 day fast.