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BANGKOK 20 April 2019 13:12
simon43

I just finished a 48 hour intermittent fast (IF)

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On 8/5/2018 at 8:32 AM, simon43 said:

 I knew that a 48 fast would reduce my fat levels as my body 'ate itself', and I was interested to see if that would result in any visible reduction of my abs fat (yes I know that one can't spot-reduce fat, so this was just an interesting exercise for me).

     Do give us an update at one month and two months.  The saying that you can't spot reduce fat is based on diet and exercise.  You are fasting which is much different according to all the latest medical research.  So perhaps it will indeed reduce the largest fat stores first.  Will be interesting to find out.

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 So perhaps it will indeed reduce the largest fat stores first. 

 

Well, I don't have any large fat stores anymore ?  I plan to continue these fasts (if they are of benefit to me).  I've lost about 13 Kg over the past 18 months and my focus now is on building up my upper body muscles (which are puny due to a genetic low T level) - all males in my family have this same genetic issue).

 

I plan on visiting Maximum Clinic when I return to Bangkok in a few months to get an up-to-date baseline assessment of my T levels etc, and to possibly plan a course of treatment to help to boost my upper body muscle, (because I want to increase this mass to give me a better chance to retain that muscle in my 60's and beyond.

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22 hours ago, meechai said:

As for muscle loss I noticed none & on day 9 or 10? of the 16 day run I did also shovel 14 tons of 3/4" gravel at my home so it was not like I was

weak at all.

are you sure about this figure?

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I would be somewhat concerned at your heart rate - brandycardia is defined at 60 beats per minute or lower and you are way low at 39. Only if you have an "athletes heart" could you be healthy and for a normal person you probably need treatment, possibly a pacemaker. if you have not been to a cardiologist, go to one, especially before trying anything like this. Also, for many people of your age, cycling 20km after being without food for 24 hours might drop their blood sugar too low and cause an accident or some physiological problem.

 

Leaving that to one side, I am not really sure why you are fasting for 48 hours given that apart from the brandycardia you otherwise appear to be fit and healthy (you can cycle 20km) and can probably burn fat highly efficiently. The people I know who get into such fasting are people who are far less mobile than you but have to shift weight often due to diabetes or some other problem and don't have the luxury of just jumping onto a bicycle. I have heard that 24 hours fast is best for losing weight because the system does not completely lock into lower metabolism mode as a 48 hour fast might and is easier to keep to.

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What's the big deal about fasting for 2 days ? 2 Weeks ago I ran out of food and didn't want the car to get dirty with all the rain , so I didn't eat for 64 hours , just water . No problem. Was looking at a third day without food , but the rain stopped .

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