Going 7 days without food does sound pretty crazy, especially to a generation that has been blessed to have the privilege to eat as much food as they want whenever they want pretty much. So, I knew that when I decided to embark on this journey, I would get a lot of “Are you crazy?” and “Why would you do something like that?”
So, let me make this clear to everyone that’s wondering why someone like me would do something like this. First of all, you guys do know that I’m the guy that intentionally gained and lost 75 lbs on purpose during my Fit2Fat2Fit journey right? Ha ha. So, you already know that I’m pretty open to doing “extreme” experimentations to my body.
Let’s back up to about a year ago where this idea first started. I was listening to a podcast on The Tim Ferriss Show with Dr. Dom D’agostino who was known for doing a 10 day fast and then deadlifting 585 lbs for reps afterwards. That sounded unbelievable. Who would have the energy to lift that heavy after 10 days of no food? Well, this guy did it. So i was definitely intrigued at that point in time.
Growing up, I had to fast once a month for 24 hours and so I would stay up until midnight the night before eating and drinking as much as I could before going to bed waiting for the torture that would happen the next day. I always felt awful…weak, lethargic, wanting to die, etc. I couldn’t imagine doing what Dr. Dom had done and being able to move let alone deadlift 585 lbs (which I can’t even lift on a full stomach anyways).
So I started looking into the science behind fasting and I got connected again with my friend, Jimmy Moore, aka Livin La Vida Low Carb Man. He has done multiple 21+ day fasts and recently wrote a book with Dr. Jason Fung (an expert on fasting) called, The Complete Guide to Fasting. I brought Jimmy on my podcast to pick his brain about all the questions and skepticisms I had about fasting and afterwards I felt like this was something I absolutely wanted to do.
So here’s the main reasons I decided to do this:
- Reduces aging
- Stronger mind body connection
- Spiritual reasons
- Improved immune system
- Reduce Inflammation
- Improved digestion
- Showing my body who is in control…my mind/my spirit
And I picked 7 days instead of 3 or 10 because I felt it was just enough time to give me the benefits of an extended fast (it usually takes 2 or 3 days to get over that transitional period) and not too long because I have a pretty low body fat percentage (9.9%) already and I don’t want to lose too much honestly.
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