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 is a certified Underground Strength Coach -Level 2, an ACE and FMS certified Personal Trainer, and has been involved in the martial arts for over 30 years. He has been training in the Budo Taijutsu warrior arts of the Bujinkan for more than 25 years and is currently ranked as a Kudan (9th degree black belt) under Jack Hoban Shidoshi. He is the founder of Warrior Fitness Training Systems and author of the book, Warrior Fitness: Conditioning for Martial Arts, as well as numerous other online training programs.

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Jon

Jon Haas is a certified Underground Strength Coach -Level 2, an ACE and FMS certified Personal Trainer, and has been involved in the martial arts for over 30 years. He has been training in the Budo Taijutsu warrior arts of the Bujinkan for more than 25 years and is currently ranked as a Kudan (9th degree black belt) under Jack Hoban Shidoshi. He is the founder of Warrior Fitness Training Systems and author of the book, Warrior Fitness: Conditioning for Martial Arts, as well as numerous other online training programs.

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