Thursday, May 5, 2016
Water fast report-back: Week One
I reported last week that I was about to start a water fast in an effort to kick-start my metabolism after years of medical problems. This involves eating nothing and drinking mostly water, with an occasional cup of black, unsweetened coffee or tea, and one mug of bouillon broth per day. I began last week on Thursday. As of this morning, it's been seven full days since I ate anything. I've had some pretty severe cravings for food, but (as I wrote earlier) since the alternative to losing weight is an early death, that's been a pretty strong motivator to keep them under control!
The weight loss has been remarkable, but I know most of it is water weight, not fat. I'm down more than fourteen pounds. That rate won't last - in fact, it's already slowed considerably. From now on, as my body consumes fat rather than getting rid of excess water, weight loss is likely to be less than a pound a day. Still, if I can maintain a good rate, I'll be happy.
I began the fast with the most comprehensive set of blood diagnostic tests I've ever undergone. The results have formed a baseline for me to continue testing myself every day, and recording the results. Weight, waist size, blood pressure, pulse rate, oxygen uptake, ketosis level and blood sugar are all being logged daily. If I drop below safe limits on any one of them, I'll immediately seek medical help and probably suspend the fast; but I haven't had to do that yet. I'll do another set of diagnostic tests a couple of weeks after the end of the fast, to see how things have changed (and, hopefully, improved).
One eye-opener has been the effect of my prescription medications on body functions that I wouldn't have suspected. My blood glucose has dropped from 97 to 68 - both figures within the safe zone, but respectively on the high end and the low end of the scale. Investigating this very large drop, I learned that three of my prescription medications are known to reduce blood glucose levels; and in combination, they're clearly ganging up on me. I'll probably have to stagger the times (and perhaps the days) on which I take them, to reduce their combined effect to a minimum. That's worth learning.
I've got a long way to go still. I'm planning to continue the water fast for at least 30 days, and possibly as long as 45, depending on medical indications and advice. I'd like to lose up to 50 pounds on it, then try to lose more through a low-carb, high-fat diet. After a few weeks of eating, I'll try another fast, then see out the year with more LCHF diet and a few shorter-duration fasts as I feel up to it. My target is to lose at least 100 pounds this year. Depending on progress, I may do another long-duration fast during the first quarter of next year - we'll have to see.
At any rate, so far, so good. Thanks to everyone who's sent good wishes and prayers. Here's hoping!