Last week, I chanced upon the book by Dr. Jason Fung “The Complete Guide to Fasting”. In the book, Dr Fung presented several cases whereby patients were able to reduce their insulin resistence through the water fasting. I was intrigued by the simplicity of this method, that I decided to give it a try. In Dr Jason Fung’s book, “The Obesity Code”, he explains further how insulin resistence has become so prevalent, and is key to obesity.
In the book, there are different fasting plans and duration, starting from the 16 hour plan. The method of fasting is simple, simply stop eating after dinner at 8 pm, until noon the following day. To extend to 24 hour fasting, stop eating after dinner till dinner the following day. For the fast, consume only either tea, coffee, homemade bone broth or water. For coffee, a little creamer or saturated fats is allowed, homemade bone broth is encouraged as this contains Gelatin with minerals and salts, which can help to curb hunger pangs.
I stopped eating after dinner at 830 pm, eagar to start my water fasting. On the next morning, when I woke up, I had no feelings of hunger at all. I had long felt that I was eating too early (around 6 am) in the morning when I am not hungry at all, but still take breakfast first thing I wake up out of habit and the deeply rooted notion that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. From the book, “The Obesity Code” by Dr. Jason Fung, he further suggests that skipping breakfast could be a good thing for the body. I savoured my coffee with creamer and no sugar and went to work. Throughout the day, I hydrated myself with water and green tea throughout the day. It was surprisingly easier than I thought. Hunger is partly psychological as I started to feel hungry as the day approaches 1130 am, but the hunger pangs subsided around 1pm. By dinnertime at 8pm, I was hungry enough to enjoy every bite of my dinner thoroughly.
The 24 hour intermittent water fasting is definitely doable and I definitely believe that this can be a substainable practice. I planned to follow the 5:2 diet with intermittent water fasting 2 days per week. So far, with 2 days of water fasting last week and some light exercise, I have lost 1 kilogram. This looks definitely like a substainable plan, I will be continuing with this plan, will be updating my upcoming experience and results!