|12-07-2011, 11:41 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Dec 2011
Water Fasting - Ketosis in 24 hours!
Hello All. Over the previous 2 years I have conducted a number of 3-5 day water fasts and am currently on day 3 of a 21-30 day water fast that I am doing.
Aside from the numerous benefits that I have received, I have also made some interesting discoveries along the way, some of which I have never heard mentioned anywhere else before.
The most interesting and helpful of which is how to speed up ketosis.
Ketosis normally takes 3 Days to achieve and for its ketones to be detectable.
With my technique, I have been able to consistently get there in less than 24 hours.
Almost everyone would agree that the toughest part of a Water Fast are the First 3 Days... This is because that is the period of time in which you are transitioning over into Ketosis and switching your body's fuel source. This results in heavy food cravings and toxic/withdrawl headaches for some. I also believe that the headaches are in part caused by the transition as well.
There is a way to bypass all of this! Contrary to what you may have heard/read or believe, IT IS possible to go into Ketosis within 24 hours!
By going into Ketosis within 24 hours you will skip the cravings and headaches.
In this way, my version of a 3 day Water fast will be as effective as a traditional 5 day water fast.
The way to achieve this is to Eat/Drink only Fruits the day before your Water Fast.
You can even drink Orange Juice for breakfast the Day of your Water Fast!
(Preferably, eat only fruit for the 2 to 3 days before.)
Then, go on a 2 - 3 hour walk. This will be between 5 to 6.5 miles.
What this will do is burn up all the carbohydrates in your body, bypass hunger, and put you directly into Ketosis.
Note: Exercise during Water Fasts is not generally recommended.
However, my method involves, only exercising on the 1st day of the Water Fast and drinking Orange Juice the same day as the exercise is done. This gives you enough carbs/anti-oxidants to complete the workout without any problems.
After the exercise is completed, you can check yourself for Ketosis with some KetoStix via urinalysis and you will find that you are already in Ketosis!
You will be able to detect the Ketones either immediately post-exercise or the following morning, which will be in less than 24 hours!
(Testimonials are welcome in this Thread, Try it for yourself and Spread the Word!)
This could very well be the beginning of a New Water Fasting Revolution!
And remember, when Jesus fasted for 40 days, he walked the desert.
Last edited by waterfast; 12-07-2011 at 12:01 PM.
|12-07-2011, 08:31 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Dec 2011
I am checking to report my progress so far today.
As stated, I reached Ketosis within 24 hours, because I was able to measure ketones of about 15 mg/dl as soon as I returned home from my 6 mile walk. This was at about 6pm, which was 3/4 a day into the 1st day of my water fast.
I wrote my original post around midnight which I posted 40 minutes into today, but the 3rd day of my fast was actually yesterday.
I had some trouble getting to sleep, which is normal. But, I noticed that it really helped me to put on warm pajamas x2 pairs of Sweat Pants and x2 sweaters, the top sweater was hooded that I put over my head to conserve energy. That did the trick and I went right to sleep.
Today is day 4 of my water fast.
I started with a weight of 170lbs day 1, and today I weight 164lbs.
I woke up today with a lot of energy.
So much so that I feel like going for another walk, even though it isn't necessary at this point, since I am already in ketosis.
This additional light exercise is something that I have decided to experiment with, so long as my body feels up to it.
However, I will not recommend this for anyone else. I only recommend exercising on the 1st day.
Also, I will only be walking between 1 - 2 miles on day 2+ of the water fast.
And I will only do so perhaps, 2 - 3 times a week maximum.
Note: I feel really good right now and I am not having any hunger/headache/weakness issues.
Last edited by waterfast; 12-07-2011 at 08:36 PM.
|12-07-2011, 11:32 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Southern California
Interesting post with interesting ideas. I didn't set out to disagree with several of your points here, but nevertheless that's the way it turned out. We both agree that fasting is highly beneficial, but i believe that some of the specific points you brought up are inaccurate.
First I too have experimented with intentionally depleting my glucose/glycogen supplies to enter into ketosis faster and agree with you that no doubt it can be done.
But if a person is toxic they can and will get headaches even in ketosis along with other detox symptoms which can include nausea. Symptoms of detox arise because our body is no longer burdened with the large task of digesting, assimilating and eliminating and is thus able to focus on cleansing (detoxing) and healing, a cleansing which includes cells releasing their toxic load into the bloodstream for elimination making things feel worse before they feel better.
Ketosis (as you know) arises because our body runs out of glucose (including that contained in glycogen) to burn as the primary fuel source, but the body continues to cleanse and heal very strongly while in this state (continuing to take advantage of the absence of the digestive and other shelved chores) and sometimes this is accompanied by strong detox symptoms.
But i agree with a partial gist of what you are saying which is that you can bring ketosis on sooner and in all likelihood you will then lose your physical sensations of hunger at that time which is an exceedingly welcome development in a fast.
I also believe that the glass of orange juice in the morning would provide a fairly substantial and highly unnecessary setback to the fast and would be far better avoided (i would much rather be 12 hours into my fast at this point instead of zero) and I would add that from a physiological standpoint the orange juice wouldn't be necessary at all to get through 2 or 3 hours of walking as our internal reserves are more than capable of getting us through in a very healthy manner.
I do believe that with all your fasting experience, your body has become better at making the transition into ketosis and that you would thus be seeing more ketones at an earlier point than other people might.
I also believe that a person who is healthy can have a great and highly beneficial fast whether resting intently, exercising for 3 hours, or anything in between.
Finally, i believe that a person who is fasting primarily for weight loss would do well to exercise quite a bit, just not with high intensity which would indeed be ill-recommended even among the experts who recommend exercise.
All the best in your fast, it sounds like you are doing great.
Last edited by MightySunTzu; 12-08-2011 at 07:26 AM.
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