What is water fasting?
“Water fasting is a type of fasting in which the practitioner consumes only water. One may water fast for a variety of reasons, including medical, health and religious requirements.” from wikipedia
How do you do water fasting?
It is simple, you don’t have the headache to decide what to eat. That’s positive thinking. During water fasting, you are not suppose to eat anything or drink anything other than water. Although you can technically drink black coffee or tea without creamer/milk or sugar. You will also get more productive time as you don’t have to use the few hours a day on eating (prepare, eat, cleanup).
Why do you do water fast?
There are a few benefits of water fasting. I will explain these benefits based on my personal experience on this subject. Firstly, you will loose weight. If that is your objective, then it is very certain that you will be able to achieve your objective in very short time. I’ve lost around 10-12kg within 3 months, with a couple of 6-7 days water fasting. There is another good reason for fasting, and it is for self repair or recycling one-self (To eat tyself). The 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine went to Yoshinori Ohsumi for his discoveries of mechanisms for autophagy. https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/medicine/2016/press-release/. This is my primary reason for doing water fasting. It is to maintain highest level of health with one of the oldest method known to human. And the best part, it is free.
How was my experience on water fasting.
To be frank, you should not jump into water fasting before experiencing OMAD (One Meal A Day). If you are currently eating 5 meals a day, then you should target to reduce it progressively to reach OMAD. Only when you are comfortable with OMAD, then it will be good time to start water fasting on short interval (i.e. 1 to 3 days). There are also many youtube videos talking about water fasting and its benefits. You could search for “water fasting”, “Dr Eric Berg”, “Dr Jason Fung”. This concept of water fasting is not promoted by any corporation as it has no business benefits. Your own health will improve without the presence of food. Everyone has different experience on this. As for me, I’ve experienced the following during my 7 days fast:
– more alert and sharper, the side-effect is lesser amount of sleep time.
– dizzy feeling when standing up quickly from a low position (i.e. seated, lying down)
– easily get cramps on calf or toes even while sleeping, on the 4th day on-wards. I’ve added a few pinch of Himalaya salt and apple cider vinegar to my 1.5L drinking water container.
What is the challenges?
From my experience, water fasting is not much a challenge by itself as long as you have the determination. A more challenging part of doing water fasting, is the social element. For example, your family or colleagues goes for lunch or dinner and you are the odd person who is only drinking water.
Is water fasting for you?
Every person reacts to water fasting differently, so you need to understand your body responses. You should also read the “Disclaimer” below before embarking on water fasting.
Disclaimer: I’m not an expert on this subject nor do I have any medical certification to be able to recommend water fasting to you. This article is written based on my personal experience on this subject matter. Please do consult your doctor and understand before deciding to perform this practice.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
- Can I drink fruit juices? No, when you have any glucose going into your body, it will stop the fasting process.
- Can I perform my usual routine i.e. working? It is recommended to rest as much as possible during your fasting, it is to allow the body to heal. However, I’ve done hiking as normal. Initially I do feel a bit of dizziness, but after a few tries it has been normal.
- I feel hungry, what should I do? It is normal to feel hungry especially during the 1st few days, as your body will send signal for you to eat during your usual eating time. You could just drink water if you have that feeling. The hungry feeling will eventually be lesser after the 3rd day.
- When should I break the fast? Only when your body sends the hungry message.
- What should I break fast with? If you are doing a long fast (i.e. more than 4 days), then your internals food chain has been fully depleted. Also, your stomach will have shrunk after a few days without food. Eat food that is easy to digest to break fast, like fruit juices, soup, etc.