I’m currently doing a 72 hour water fast, just water that’s it. Mpre about Bob: So far no ketonic breath or BM, the worst is that I’m CONSTANTLY hungry, raving temptations are relentless. helped a lot of ppl too. I got the same look that people get when they say they are foster parents: “I should do that, but I really don’t want to.”. Since you have the self-improvement drive, you might like an experiment that worked for me, where I taught myself to acquire the taste of a food I never liked (black licorice). So these guys will tend to use much higher frequency templates (>5 days per week), due to the fact the more you stimulate a muscle to grow, the greater opportunity it has to grow (providing the CNS is fully recovered each workout and you are training hard and smart). –my first long fast with water was for health reasons. Im usually around 185-190 lbs depending on the workout and activity level. I had zero calorie flavored mineral water and coffee. My mind is being a real pain in the @$$ this morning. Anyway, didn’t plan to start yet, but haven’t eaten since dinner at 5 yesterday, so I figure, what the heck–I’ll do it. . Its important to give real information and not semi-factual information based on your personal limitations. I thought the same thing. Unfortunately, there is not much information on glucose and fasting though it does not say don’t. I do see where somebody might think that consuming anything other than “water” would not be true to a fast, but let’s not forget that both tea and water are infused water essentially. Right now?! I journaled on day 2. But the most important aspect of bulking, cutting or maintaining is one's diet. You may be entirely right that you can get maximum benefits from only consuming water while you fast. Hi Violet. This means decreasing your volume/intensity/frequency for 1 week, so your body has a period in which it can recuperate from hard intense training. Honestly, I missed the ritual even more than the food itself. My first day was kind of like that of an early explorer setting out in search of the New World. Thanks for pointing this out. 3-day splits are better for bulking because it can quickly add mass with a strict workout and a proper diet. I stopped taking my blood pressure medication during these fasts and found the fasts would keep my blood pressure around 150/95 and when I started eating poorly again it would slowly creep back up. Anyways, that saved my life. I have sometimes wished there was a scale in my toilet that actually measured such things. Hi Sasha. Holy shit was it a mind-blowing experience! I have talked to one guy that has done a 40 day fast, not sure if it was water or not, and he says the first 3 days are the toughest. So in my opinion a 3-day split > 4-day split > 5-day split. Hello! You can do lemon water but have to be careful on how much because you will start the digestive system. That's because they do longer split workouts (5-6 days long), instead of 3. I’m 57 work at home and pretty healthy (so the dr says) I have had NO problems! I have read that when taken to bowel tolerance it can fight all kinds of illness. I eat a Paleo/anti-inflammatory diet. taking it easy now. Of the 6 pounds you lost, expect to gain back a good 5 of those. With all of the information that I have consumed about fasting for 3 days or more; I have learned and am now currently experiencing that on the 3rd day you really clean out your bowels. My last meal was o sunday at 9pm, and went to the gym to do my regular workout without any problems. This varies on your blood glucose and glycogen levels when you start your fast. I have my Swanson’s Bone Broth, electrolytes with Himalayan Pink Salt, lots of tea, black coffee and water all ready to begin this experience. Breaking the habit and fighting the temptation can’t possibly be easy. That's a 50% increase. My three-day fast ended up do a 7-Day fast because I had no complications and felt great! Black coffee and plain tea are fine, as are herb teas.I drink water with fresh mint leaves in it. In terms of actual fat loss, you’ll only burn as much as your metabolism needs, which is on average half a pound (1,750 calories) a day. Not mentally tired but not wanting to be physically active either. I’ve been doing quite a few 3 day fasts so far and even did a five day fast once a few months ago. You are a darn good writer! I wonder why your experience was so much more challenging than mine? -7 days fasting. So thank you once again for your blog spreading the benefits of fasting and your website sure is interesting as we travel quite a bit and into unconventional lifestyle. I am really enjoying reading all the comments. I routinely work out while fasted–martial arts, yoga, running, HIITs. Bodybuilders, powerlifters and athletes can all use 3-days splits. With an upper/lower split, you work the muscles in your lower body and upper body in separate training sessions. abstain from all or some kinds of food or drink. Why would you have a “heavy workout” during your fast? but vision, neuro symptoms, activity, food, diet, etc largely but not totally restored from PFS. Breathing seems to be easier. I couldn’t stop touching it with my hand. A quick Google search tells me feeling cold while fasting is super common. While not everyone reaches this stage, those who do report a … Maybe, though I’m one of those people who doesn’t feel any effect from caffeine. I’m happy to hear you made it through your first extended fast pretty smoothly. if you do go thru such a thing. I’ll check it out. only smoked bc I was depressed. So now I’m doing it again. Everyone thinks I am sick lol but I feel perfectly fine. It goes opposite of what was taught or indoctrinated to our thinking. I’m not certain however. You can also use boiled and cooled water. It is the glucose problems that caused me to research and came across your thread for a 3 day fast as medically a three day fast actually cleans out the garage of all the dead white blood cells and causes the body to regenerate those cells for healthy ones which in turn serves as a repairing agent for other inflammation and other problems that the cells can help with. I just shared my pain and went to sleep. Great post! I did a 2-week potato diet, which I heard was close to a water diet. Anyway it’s been all be benefits mental acuity etc until 54hrs, now I have general aches, little colder, poorer concentration, and skin seems more oily. And maybe give fasting a go another time when you’re not sick. I read your article and the comments from users in its entirety and I am deciding on a pure only water cleanse the first time I try this. As someone who works out quite often, I have taken 3 days off from the gym to just focus on resting my body while I fast. This normally drops about 5-8 pounds of body fat and water weight. So with my girlfriend Kim away traveling, and thus unable to nag me about how I was starving myself or tempt me with delicious food, I decided to give a 3 day fast a go. I have black coffee in the morning, water and tea throughout the day. Let's say you typically do 4 working sets for chest, and of course, on the push/pull system, that means 8 sets a week per chest exercise. And with 5-days you get the advantage of more time in the autophagy, ketogenic, metabolism-resetting phase that you may not even get at all with a 2-day fast. I can assure you this is not easy, pleasant, or painless. With facial changes, burning pain in other regions, etc, etc…. Or maybe something about your diet or lifestyle made the transition easier? Drank lots of coffee during that time and little bit of salt with water. After one or two lifts my strength evaporated, and at times I was lightheaded to the point of dizziness. LOL let all not be like Bob.” Behold sobriety and humour prevailed. Some people call it fast when it’s just water, some call it fast when it’s nothing at all…When I was giving up sugar, I would not even eat things like stevia or honey…sometimes not even fruit for a few months; and most people do not count those as “sugar”. Holy crap Mike, that’s amazing! Or the scale. I’m wondering if you got it after retiring to celebrate (or tell ex-colleagues to stop bothering you about work), or if you always had it as an aspirational thing. I’ll let you know how it goes!! Black coffee has caffeine in it so will give an insulin response too. Damn. I am finishing up my 72 hours tonight! It’s no secret that split workouts are better for building muscle mass than full body workouts. It still comes and goes in waves. My breath…..yuk. The great thing about fasting is it’s not a prison–if it starts to really suck, just eat! I had some stomach pain and discomfort on day 3 post fast, not sure if it’s due to spicy Mediterranean food I had on day 2 or some other issues. Then when my eyes started to twitch from too much staring at a screen, I walked to the nearby beach to unwind. We are on rainwater so that’s what I drink, fresh off the roof. Haha, I think people around you might even be more fearful of Hangry Mark X1000. My experience also is the hunger doesn’t go away completely, but it’s not NEARLY as bad as people whose jaws drop at the idea of fasting think, right? What is a 3 day water fast? It made me feel light-headed, and almost nauseous. It has encouraged me to finish this 72. I didnt felt any weaker or tired, it was just a regular day on the gym. Here is a sample 10 Week, three days per week split in which each workout should be done in well under an hour: Click Here For A Printable Log Of Weeks 1-4 Monday. A 3 day water fast quite simply involves not eating and only drinking water for 72 hours. I wonder if I’m deficient in magnesium and my body just absorbed it? ), Have been drinking black coffee but after reading some of the comments above I’m wondering about seeing if I can live without it next time. This morning I decided to do a 3 day fast. Great article, I plan to start my 1st 3day this Sunday. I also have tried a few 24 hour fasts and swear that I notice slight changes to consciousness near the end that I’m eager to see through for longer durations. Â© 2020 Bodybuilding.com. Loving it. Thanks, Leigh! Get 8 comfort zone challenges you can attempt today and a fun, fresh dose of uncomplacent ideas every 10 days. I would add that if you’re addicted to sugar, a 3 day fast would likely be miserable due to cravings. I think I heard that cannabis can stimulate insulin production which would interfere with autophagy. If you are a beginner it can help by getting the body ready to take the overload of future lifting by working the whole body with heavy weights. If possible, spend your time doing something active (low intensity) with family and friends. Perhaps fasting after the holidays would be beneficial and will give me an opportunity to enjoy the holiday feast guilt-free. I didn’t realize how important is too keep the electrolyte balans especially for longer fasting. I use it now as a reset. but I have heard and enjoy hearing about the health effects. Be strict with your rest periods. I just completed my monthly 3 day fast and will have my first solid meal at 3pm. Decide when you are going to start and end your fast. But going to the gym 6, 5, sometimes even 4 days per week cannot only be tough on the body, but can become a major inconvenience. Rather go to the beach! Can treat ADHD/BPII effectively (one medication. better by then). To lend you statements some more credibility could you share the basis on which you say “There were literally no health benefits to what you did”? I weigh in after each ruination which is typically about 3-4 or more hours apart. From what I’ve read, dry fasting might actually support electrolyte balance better, is a faster route to ketosis than water fasting, and burns even more fat as the body metabolizes a greater amount of fat to make water to replace what isn’t being consumed. There are so many options when trying to create a workout routine for building muscle. Just in the morning. However, interestingly enough, 24hours fasting restores sleep and mood and deep sleep *like that* for me. My brain was running on cleaner fuel than it was used to and my entire body was benefitting from hormonal boosts. But I so relate with the Coffee part. But there’s research supporting the idea of a cautious dry fast. Check out my water fasting tips for more. I knew it would taste good, but I know that’s not what I want rn. This is the first I’ve heard of dry fasting being a thing (aside from traditional reasons like Ramadan). it was brutal, seeing as tho I’m usually super “hyper”, and I walk 6-7mi a day and exercise daily going back to around puberty. I will definitely do it again, hoping for the spring cleaning. Surprisingly though, even as I watched and smelled her cook and eat her delicious-looking meal with envy, I didn’t feel hungry. The first day was just mild hunger. Day 1 was easy peasy (shockingly!). Am halfway through my first 3 dayer – had initially only planned 36 hours (didn’t want to overreach /fail) but waking up on day 2 and I’m not hungry – I feel good I feel younger. BodyFit is your solution to all things fitness. Check out this post on siimland.com for more detail. I get through it OK. Next I’ll try 24 hr fasting a couple days a week and continue IF for the most days. 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