Fasting, Cold Showers, and Black Coffee

This week I decided to run a little experiment and see how long I could fast. I felt that after all the overeating and indulging of the holidays that my body, especially my digestive system, could use a break.

I was inspired by my friend Logan Christopher doing a 5 day fast over New Years. He mentioned using this book The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting  as a resource so I picked it up and started reading.

fasting-book

I started my fast Sunday night at 10 PM and continued until Wednesday afternoon at 4 PM for a total of 66 hours. This was by far the longest I’ve ever gone without food.

My normal routine includes daily Intermittent Fasting, but that usually only lasts between 16-18 hours. Here’s a video I made last year talking about how to do it.

What did I consume?

  • Water with lemon
  • Green tea
  • Herbal tea
  • Black coffee with a splash of half and half

How did I feel?

To be honest, I felt great! I was hungry in brief intervals, but it passed. My energy levels were steady for most of it although in the afternoons I felt sleepy and a little drained. Otherwise I had great mental clarity, focus, and energy throughout the whole thing.

I normally use cold exposure and breathing exercises as part of my daily routine but I felt the beneficial effects were magnified even more during my fast. Read about my cold exposure training here.

Did I workout?

Yes I did. Mostly light kettlebell work, hitting the heavy bag, mobility, and cleansing Qigong.

What are some of the benefits of fasting?

  • Fat loss (obviously)
  • Lowers blood sugar (not dangerously low because the body burns fat as fuel – ketosis)
  • Increased insulin sensitivity (remember obesity other metabolic syndromes are caused by insulin resistance)
  • Increased levels of growth hormone
  • Increased clarity, focus, and energy
  • Improved heart health
  • Anti-aging effects
  • Boosts brain power

Why did I stop?

To be honest, I wasn’t hungry. I actually broke my fast because I wanted the socialization experience of eating dinner with my kids. Plus I had to cook for them anyway. 🙂

I broke the fast with 1 spoonful of natural peanut butter. After an hour or so I had an arugula salad with cucumbers, carrots, and some red pepper in an olive oil and lemon juice dressing.

jon-peanut-butter

All in all it was a great experience. I plan to continue my foray into fasting!

Got questions? Let me know! Happy to help.

Jon

Jon Haas, "The Warrior Coach" has been training in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu for more than 25 years and is currently ranked as a Kudan (9th degree black belt) under Jack Hoban Shihan. He has also trained in Okinawan Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Russian Systema, BJJ, Krav Maga, as well as Internal Martial Arts of Yiquan and Aiki.He is a certified Underground Strength Coach-Level 2, a certified Personal Trainer as well as founder of Warrior Fitness Training Systems. In 2008, Jon wrote the book, Warrior Fitness: Conditioning for Martial Arts, and since then has created numerous other online training and coaching programs helping people around the world become the strongest, most capable versions of themselves!

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Jon

Jon Haas, "The Warrior Coach" has been training in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu for more than 25 years and is currently ranked as a Kudan (9th degree black belt) under Jack Hoban Shihan. He has also trained in Okinawan Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Russian Systema, BJJ, Krav Maga, as well as Internal Martial Arts of Yiquan and Aiki.He is a certified Underground Strength Coach-Level 2, a certified Personal Trainer as well as founder of Warrior Fitness Training Systems. In 2008, Jon wrote the book, Warrior Fitness: Conditioning for Martial Arts, and since then has created numerous other online training and coaching programs helping people around the world become the strongest, most capable versions of themselves!

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