As four days ore down and I am now entering Day #5 of practicing the “Window Fast” I can check off another successful day. My body weight has dropped once again and I am seeing a little improvement with blood sugars. I am down 1.2 lbs. since I weighed in yesterday at this time.
My energy levels are still very high and my workouts are also progressing to higher levels each day. My mind has become much clearer as my thoughts are more focused rather than dancing all of the place. I am sleeping extremely well and wake up feeling energized and ready to take on another day.
The one thing that I want to point out is that even though I am skipping breakfast each morning it doesn’t mean that I have decreased my overall caloric intake each day. I am still eating an average of around 2200 calories each day, the only difference is that I am eating those calories in a 6 hour window. I am setting a limit of just 30 days of eating this way to allow my body to reset itself to start burning fat in which I believe it is doing very well. Depending on where I will be on the 30th day and how I am progressing will determine whether or not I chose to continue eating this way or resume back to eating a healthy breakfast. I may even chose the option of doing the “Window Fast” just 1, 2 or 3 days per week. This not for me to say as I will paying close attention to what my body demands.
I am not a medical professional nor a dietitian. For advice from a professional I highly suggest you seek the advice of a professional. What I do know is fasting has been practiced by groups of people throughout history and has always showed incredible results in mind, body and spirit.
When the body retains fat it is a natural survival mechanism for preserving energy to be utilized during times when food isn’t readily available. During our hunter gatherer days there were long periods of time when food wasn’t readily available due to things like the changing of seasons. Humans depended on storing fat to survive during these times. The problem is that today we find ourselves in a different situation where food is pretty much always readily available in most modern societies and the fat we store never seems to get burned while also having the same genes that our hunter gatherer ancestors had. This leaves us with a natural cycle that never completes a full one year circle. If we store just 10 lbs. of fat each year and never burn it off this means that in ten years we find ourselves 100 lbs. overweight. Although the human mind has progressed significantly over the years, the problem is that our innate bodies are still programmed towards this same survival.
Another problem we face is that of desire. We are naturally rewarded for eating certain foods that are rich in fat, sugar and salt. Our modern food industry has capitalized on perfecting foods that contain the combination of these things. French fries really don’t smell that good, but we are very much attracted to eating them.
I don’t believe that calorie restriction is necessarily the answer to burning off body fat. We do need to eat to survive. But I do believe that a good fasting plan at certain times will allow for the bodies natural ability to utilize body fat for energy should be a part of a yearly cycle. And maybe something that should be utilized when we find that we have put on about ten lbs. of fat.
Any form of exercise is a practice in energy expenditure and during periods of fasting will increase the body’s ability to burn stored fat more rapidly. I don’t care if it’s walking, running, riding a bike, swimming, playing a sport or simply doing a series of resistance exercises. The point is that something or anything that causes us the demand for higher levels of energy should become a part of our daily routines. How do we know that we are in a zone of using higher levels of energy? Heavier breathing than normal and sweat.
Another thing I am keeping in mind is that of time. At this time last year I weighed 168 pounds and was pretty fit and trim. I stayed this way until late fall and then made the mistake of stopping all workout routines and taking in more calories than I needed. My body stored up over 24 pounds of fat in just 5 months. Heading in the opposite direction to burn that same fat 5 months seems like a long time away. So by creating a plan to reach the same goal of getting back down to 168 pounds could take up to 5 months to achieve. I have certainly learned on hell of a lesson from this and will not allow myself to get into the same situation next year by taking the winter off.
Well, I have certainly managed to ramble on today but it is probably something I needed to re-enforce my thoughts about what I am going through. I hope I didn’t bore everyone too much.
David Langness produced a pretty interesting article on the history and benefits of fasting on his blog “Bahai Teachings.org” for anyone who would like to read it.
Blood Sugar- 113, Weight- 189.4
Curls- 100 lbs.- 15, 25, 23
Hammer Curls- 100 lbs- 9, 7, 7
Tricep Pulldowns- 50/50- 25, 23, 16
Dips- 230 lbs.- 25, 23, 20
Notes to Self: Doing 100 lbs for hammer curls is too heavy and should be reduced next ARM workout. Normally I would elect to utilize Sunday as a day of rest, but I have too much energy to burn off this morning.