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AARONKBAKER
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5/25/11 10:34 A

Well said.



JASONS0420
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5/24/11 9:23 P

I just HAVE to make a comment here guys.... "Fasting" is denying the body of its need to focus on GOD. It is not a crash diet or a fad. The whole purpose of fasting is to grow closer to God through prayer while denying your earthly desires. If you're fasting for any reason other than that, its called "not eating".



CRITICALMASS
Posts: 17
5/15/11 10:34 A

I know we are all different but I tried the fasting and found my body goes crazy the next day sending HEAVY signals to EAT, EAT, EAT. The old genetic, my body thinks it's starving in spite of my big ass, problem. I instead will have days with nothing but veggies, grains and a smattering of fruit.



CHEER4ND
Posts: 4
5/8/11 2:02 P

New to this board. I try to skip dinner and fast from noon on once a week. I'm diabetic, so I still have to get a little nourishment, like a couple ounces of prune juice or a couple carrots with a dollop of hummus every four hours or so. Always add a little extra exercise that day and extra sleep. Good for a three pound weight correction.



K_COLLETT
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2/24/11 10:18 P

I believe in fasting but not more than once a month and on a day that is not an active day such as Sunday. It has some health and mental benefits.



CARTER4414
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2/18/11 3:30 P

I've done fasts before as part of a spiritual practice, but only on days when I was meditating and sitting. I can't imagine going to work. I would be such a mean sob all day.



FITPRO77
Posts: 1,821
2/17/11 9:25 A

Well good luck. my only advice on that is that if your not exact with your requirements of carb intake you may lose some muscle as well. Let me know how it worked out for you.



GETNFITGUY
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2/16/11 11:11 A

Haha. I'm definitely the hard headed person that has to "see for myself".

I'm doing a lower carb routine now for a few weeks to see how than changes me. I'm getting all my carbs from only fruits and veggies. No rice, cereal, bread or pasta. On the weekends I'll fall back on cereal for breakfast and maybe some rice but I'm kicking bread and pasta to the curb. So far the most carbs I've eaten in a day is 82g. I don't eat fruit past my afternoon snack and am sticking to only 1 piece a day. I've been loading up on spinach/romaine and veggies.

I'm feeling great and not even missing the bread and pasta, even though we only have whole wheat everything in the house. Everyone says you have to have carbs for energy and SP recommends I get 250g-300g a day and at 70g-80g I haven't been fatigued at all in my workouts. I actually think I feel a little more alert...

We'll see what happens. I'll try to let ya'll know what my body fat is at the end of the month. I've already went from 24% to 19.7% but that took 9 full weeks. We'll see how that changes over the next two.



FITPRO77
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2/16/11 9:50 A

well I dont wanna say i told you so but "I told you so".......Sometimes we have to learn for ourself, I have done it as well so dont worry about it. If you have any other questions feel free to ask buddy. Its good your felling better.



BREWMASTERBILL
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2/14/11 9:07 A

Nice, dude!



GETNFITGUY
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2/14/11 9:05 A

BREWMASTER: I may do that. I've thought about mixing that kind of diet into my plan but haven't yet. Have you tried it before?

The good news is that I didn't lose any significant muscle from doing that fast. Today on my 4th set of bench I did 15lbs more than last week's 4th set. I was able to throw 200lbs up 6 times, pretty happy about that. :)



BREWMASTERBILL
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2/11/11 1:14 P

Instead of fasting, maybe try a keto diet for a couple of days. A ketogenic diet allegedly provides all of the benefits of fasting without fasting. It's also protein sparing.



HGSGUY
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2/11/11 9:28 A

You can get really bad headaches from not eating. Of course your body will survive, by reabsorbing muscle tissue! It is not a good idea and will set your body to preservation mode.

A much better idea is to fast from all processed and junk foods and exercise, your body needs nutrients!



GETNFITGUY
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2/10/11 10:24 A

Fasting = Horrible Idea.

Yesterday was miserable. I'll never fast again. I ate dinner on Monday and then didn't eat again till dinner on Tuesday. Wednesday (yesterday) I went back to my normal routine. I lifted legs and had a great workout. However, about 9:30 I was so tired I could barely stay awake. In fact, I dozed off at my desk for a bit. How long I'm not really sure, but thank God I have an office door!

When I got home last night, about 4:30p, I sat down on the couch and fell asleep until my wife got home about 5:45. We cooked dinner and then I went to bed at 7:30pm.

The good news is that I feel back to normal today. During the 24 hours that I didn't eat, I really wasn't starving or tired or even weak feeling, but yesterday I was unbelievably tired. And my brain wasn't functioning well either. When I got ready for the day yesterday I put on my running shoes instead of my dress shoes. Thank God I caught that before I got to the office.

Anyway, that idea = FAIL. I work out way to much to try to fast. I'm just glad I'm back to feeling normal. I hope I didn't screw anything up too bad by not eating for 24hr's, but I think I should be fine.

Fitpro, I swear I'll never go against your advice again! haha



FITPRO77
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2/9/11 2:10 P

i understand you want faster gains and want to change things up a bit. if you think it will work for you then try it. I just believe that your body needs fuel especially if you are as active as you are. I also dont want to deprive my body of necessary food for energy and function, not to mention I dont want to slow my metabolism down by not eating at all. If anything i would try a very low carb diet for a day or two then go back to normal this way your body gets minimal carbs and still gets protein for your muscles. if you then need energy to function the protein will be utilized in lieu of the carbs. Just an idea. If you do a phase of all that cardio including swimming, then i wouldnt fast at all. Your body will need the food and it will be a necessity.



BIGBUCS
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2/9/11 12:16 P

http://www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask_t
he_experts.asp?q=63

They have an article on fasting in case you missed it, I just saw it today when going to the message boards.



BIGBUCS
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2/8/11 11:17 A

I would think if you were going to do a fast that you would have to do it on a rest day. I think a fast can be good like a cleanse to rid your body of toxins. When you come off a fast you need to watch what you eat, probably a healthy soup would be a good way to break a fast.



GETNFITGUY
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2/8/11 10:11 A

FITPRO: That's a good question, and I guess I don't really know for sure.

Have you been on Mark's Daily Apple before and read about the Paleo diet? That guy uses fasting every once in a while. There is so much info out there and of course everyone has "the new" way to stay healthy.

I would never fast for an entire day. I couldn't do that, especially with my workout regimen. What I was thinking about doing was maybe twice a month (once every two weeks or so). I would eat dinner and then not eat again until dinner the next day. This way I wouldn't ever go an entire day without food, but I would be going 24 hours without food for example 6pm Thur to 6pm Fri. Does that make sense? What makes me wonder if fasting is really good is that if you did do that, sure you would be taking in only 1,000 - 1,200 calories in 24 hours (yes, my dinner would probably be big - but healthy) but when eating that meal after not eating for 20-24 hours your blood sugar would spike like crazy. Obviously doing this on a daily or even weekly basis would be bad. I was wondering on the occasional fast.

I guess I'm just trying to explore new avenues. I'm kind of stuck I feel. Or maybe I'm just not patient enough.

At the beginning of the year I was weighing in around 197. I weigh in now around 192, so my weight has went down a little, but not much. My body fat however has went from 23% earlier this year and this morning it was 19.7%. So that is encouraging. I don't really care about the scale, body fat is what I'm after. When I graduate HS I weighed 195, but I was "ripped". I've seen great gains recently in strength. I made myself a "bulking" program so I only do cardio 2 times a week. I swim a mile on Tues/Thurs. This could be why the results aren't as fast as I want them to be.

I'm on week 9 of my program and after the 12th week is over I think I'm going to make myself a cutting type strength training program with cardio 5 times a week. I'll still swim my mile on Tues/Thur and add in 3 3-mile runs or so.

Just looking to accelerate things a bit I guess. Like I said in my OP, a guy I know fasts once a week from dinner to dinner and does no cardio and lifts 3 times a week and is very fit. That said, we are all different so who knows if that would work for me.

Ok, I'm rambing. Any additional input is appreciated.



FITPRO77
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2/8/11 9:23 A

I wouldnt do it. Some people believe in it but i believe you body need food to function properly and doing without them can only harm your body. I tried it once and I didnt make it through the first day because i starting egtting light headed at night. My body needs food to function and so does yours. What are the reasons you think fasting is good or helpful to your body?



GETNFITGUY
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2/8/11 9:04 A

This is probably a re-post, but I couldn't find an old thread.

I was wondering if anyone in here has ever made fasting a part of their way of life?

I was talking to a guy I know who is in great shape and looks great for being in his mid-late 30's and he said that he fasts every Wednesday. He will eat dinner on Tuesday and then not eat again until dinner on Wednesday.

It's only a 24 hour fast. I wouldn't think of doing a 2-3 day fast because with lifting weights and swimming a mile every Tues/Thur there is no way I would be able to do that, but I'm thinking about adding a 24 hour fast every other week and see what happens.

I was wondering if anyone else has experimented with fasting at all and if they had any good results from it.



 
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