Recently I have noticed that on every fasting day (36 hr fasting) I start feeling cold about 4pm in the afternoon, and at the same time I feel like taking a nap. I assume it is due to change in the way my body is handling lower blood sugar and burning 10 years old fat – I have arrived to the exact body weight I had in 2010. I also noticed my morning BG at the end of fasting day is about 105, and on the morning after fasting day is in 120s (used to be 130s). 

Going forward with fasting and potentially loosing additional pounds over course of weeks and months, I will be going back in time: “this is my weight when I was 15 years younger” and “this is my weight when I was 20 years younger”, and so on. 

Wow! and they say time travel is not possible 🙂

After making several changes to my fasting schedule I decided to find out how things I eat on a “feeding day” can change results in lower blood glucose levels and better weight loss progress.  In May my weight dropped 4lb and I still have 5 days to go (two of them fasting days).  Starting May 27, my chart is going to have additional tracking column “daily carbohydrate” which will reflect how many grams of carbohydrate I have consumed on a given date with grams of fiber next to it. If I can figure out the correlation between fasting, grams of carbs, grams of fiber and weight reduction I can be nominated for “Most-Slimming-while-Social-Distancing Lass of the Year” award 🙂

Here I am today – 30 lb lost to date – and it has been 4 months and 6 days since I have started intermittent fasting and switched to Odd Diet in the process. Schedule that I worked out for myself seems working, I am currently fasting on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (each day a 36 hr fast from dinner of the previous day to breakfast of the day after fasting). Initially I was just sticking to every other day however it was not working well with my work and meetings schedule, the day I get a weekly dose of diabetic meds, etc. AND it felt like punishment on the weekend. At last my own personal fasting schedule evolved, I had to limit certain foods during “feeding days” because I very much like to eat breads and could finish a loaf of brioche in a day and a half.

So, during pandemic we are staying pretty much at home with once a week voyage to the store wearing mask, thow all necessities (and scrumptious morsels I come across in the store) into the cart, bring it all home, put in the fridge and …stay at home next to the fridge the rest of the week. Well, the gardening season helped, I was outside doing a lot digging in the flower beds, cleaning landscaping, moving some plants, putting seedlings in the soil. But I had to create some rules for myself: no snacking (means eating at breakfast, lunch and dinner only), just hydrating with coffee and tea only when I am feeling like going to the kitchen for a slice of sweet bread or pear. A cup of coffee on the patio looking at my beautiful flowers to emerge was quite a reward in itself.

Next step for me: lowering A1c number through further fasting. I am also thinking morning walks when there is nothing else to do in the garden and more of new veg and protein dishes to try out. 

Although in these days – staying at home mostly – effects of intermittent fasting are not as pronounced as 2 months ago, monthly statistics shows progress. March net weight loss was only 6 lb but this is move in the right direction. In April I added walking the dog in the park twice a week (weather and social distancing permitting) and it seems to help. 

Total weight loss to date is 26.4 lb. and I am looking forward to mornings after fasting day when everything tastes amazing 🙂

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Having to stay home most of the time to avoid covid-19 infection had an unexpected impact on my fasting routine. 

First – I do not move as much, trying to come up with more activities than a 30 min spin on an air bike. Walking dog in the neighborhood weather permitting, right after we had a nice week of 60s and even 70s in early March it became cold again, So, I am doing more house work like mopping, vacuuming, scrubbing just to get off the chair for more physical activity. Considering game console with wii extensions for exercise, or online instructions for yoga or pilates.

Second – being in constant proximity to kitchen has its tall, I started snacking again. A cup of tea with cream cheese on my toast; an orange followed by slice of cheese; a dark chocolate truffle because I gotta have one and cannot get my mind off it.

Not that I gained back weight – no, but good effects of fasting day are followed buy not so good habits of non-fasting days, and I loose much less now (like only 0.2-0.4lb each time instead of a pound or more). My goal is to reach turning point when I can reduce number of medications I am taking for diabetes or reach condition when I may not need them at all.

So, going forward I will be aware of needing to control snacking and follow more closely Dr. Jason Fung’s diet recommendations on non-fasting days, and especially NOT eating when not hungry.

What amazes me after a month and a half of intermittent fasting is a steady progress in the weight loss aspect of it. Although my first goal is to reverse the progress of diabetes and other health benefits, losing some weight in the process is an inspiring perk.

I remember all the diets I endured since I was 15, you eat what diet tells you and first couple weeks you lose weight and then the process slows down … and then nothing happens. Dreaded morning, step on a scale after diet torture and no reward. 

Now, the last 3 weeks I was fasting in 36 hrs periods; stepping on a scale morning after was like a miracle – a reward every time, another pound comes off. You have to know what happens during “normal” diet and exercise experience to appreciate how unusual this steady weight loss is. No slow down they call a plateau. Wow! If only I knew this years ago. 

This constant reward makes me look forward to next fasting day, I no longer fear feeling hungry – hunger is my dear friend.

2016 year’s Nobel Laureate discovered and elucidated mechanisms underlying autophagy, a fundamental process for degrading and recycling cellular components.

Thanks to Yoshinori  Ohsumi and others following in his footsteps, we now know that autophagy controls important physiological functions where cellular components need to be degraded and recycled. Autophagy can rapidly provide fuel for energy and building blocks for renewal of cellular components, and is therefore essential for the cellular response to starvation and other types of stress. 

… Cells also use autophagy to eliminate damaged proteins and organelles, a quality control mechanism that is critical for counteracting the negative consequences of aging.

Disrupted autophagy has been linked to Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes and other disorders that appear in the elderly. Mutations in autophagy genes can cause genetic disease. Disturbances in the autophagic machinery have also been linked to cancer. Intense research is now ongoing to develop drugs that can target autophagy in various diseases.

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Had another 36 hr fasting day, BG 126 in the morning; I take no pills on a fasting day, but if you think about starting fast consult your doctor first – everyone’s condition is different.

Lost another pound, which is a great incentive to continue the longer fast – I am very glad I stood up to myself at the moment of temptation yesterday. At some point I was tired and felt hungrier than usual in the evening, and was thinking about breaking fast at 24 hrs instead of 36 hrs next morning. My brain was frantic, fear of hunger was there – I had a need to go looking for food which I resisted. I had a cup of tea and went for a walk, it was a little cold for me (I feel extra cold when fasting) and I took a walk around the store promising myself I will only look for new socks. Right. I did end up with a bag of breakfast food planning to make the most of the upcoming breakfast meal. 

Still, telling yourself you can have anything you want tomorrow anyway helps a lot – no feeling of punishment but the anticipation of reward the day after you accomplished your fasting goal. Like they sing: “…The Phantom of the Opera is there, Inside my mind.” Just talk it into waiting a little longer before you eat again.

When I started fasting with just 16-18 hrs extending time window before my first meal of the day I did feel something like fear of hunger. Will it be difficult? Will it be just another torture? It was not particularly bad and on the next fasting day I would fast a little longer till I reached 24 hr between meals with small dinner at the end of the day. Last week was my first 36 hr fast, which is almost a month since I started fasting.

After several fasting days I noticed that tea with zero calorie sweetener makes me very hungry and difficult to make it to 5pm without food. I suspected other ingredients in the sweetener packet triggered insulin production and hunger till I read about “cephalic phase response”. Human brain responding to sweet taste just the same it would to real sugar in your tea.

The other thing that happened to me every time I was fasting is urge to go shopping for food. I was dreaming about wonderful things I could buy for breakfast or dinner tomorrow, and how I would prepare them. Turned out, as we were eating less on our non-fasting day in general we could not consume all the goods I was bringing home, so I started putting surplace food in the freezer. Today I went to buy toothpaste and shampoo, and could not help but walk through food isles trying to remember if we need anything. Well, I ended up with a jar of pickles – we did run out of them 🙂