Fasting Day #1

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Fasting: A Day of Hunger

Hungry

Hungry man waiting to be served

Today is my first day of my fast.  Today, I weighed 214 pounds.  I have gained some weight, and after reading the Obesity Code[2], so I would suggest that starving yourself is not the answer for weight loss.  What I am suggesting is that you consider a short 3-5 days of intermittent fasting to reset your insulin[3],[4] and leptin[5] resistance.  The bottom line on fasting is that there are multiple studies and scientific articles that indicate that it is safe and may increase longevity and improve health[6],[7],[8]. The other key point is that you should never try to fast if you have diabetes or another metabolic syndrome that affects your blood sugar.  

Hungry emoticon

Hungry emoticon

So, why did I chose to fast as means to lose weight and reset my metabolism?  I could have just done another diet, but after reading the book, the Obesity Code, I have changed the way I look at obesity.  Many people believe that fasting is a means to achieve detoxification and revitalization of one’s mind, body, and soul.  I am currently in a transition in my life.  I can continue to do what I have done in the past of the last two months, return to my diet that got me to weight loss over the past year so that I can make a complete change.  After reading this book, I am excited that I might be able to make a change that may reset my life.  I am not sure I buy the whole cleansing and detoxifying effects of fasting, but who know if it does this, but the belief that it might reset or reduce your insulin and leptin resistance.  The resistance increases with abdominal or central obesity, but it has an unclear mechanism.   

So on day one, what are my symptoms today?   

  1. Hunger: I am hungry.  It is not bad, but it is there.  I have noticed that it has been worse as get less hydrated.  I suspect that it will lessen over the next three days and will be relatively non-existent after that period.   
  2. Dry mouth: I find myself drinking a lot to stay hydrated.    

I just ate my dinner, and I feel a little bloated.  Besides the above two symptoms, I had had no additional symptoms.  Tomorrow is another day, and we will see if I have any more symptoms.  

Footnotes
[1]Fung, The Obesity Code.
[2]Trepanowski et al., “Effect of Alternate-Day Fasting on Weight Loss, Weight Maintenance, and Cardioprotection Among Metabolically Healthy Obese Adults: A Randomized Clinical Trial.”
[3]Soofi et al., “The Kielin/Chordin-like Protein (KCP) Attenuates High-Fat Diet-Induced Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome in Mice.”
[4]Weiss and Holloszy, “Improvements in Body Composition, Glucose Tolerance, and Insulin Action Induced by Increasing Energy Expenditure or Decreasing Energy Intake.”
[5]Harmar et al., “Pharmacology and Functions of Receptors for Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide and Pituitary Adenylate Cyclase-Activating Polypeptide: IUPHAR Review 1.”
[6]Stipp, “How Intermittent Fasting Might Help You Live a Longer and Healthier Life.”
[7]Heilbronn et al., “Effect of 6-Month Calorie Restriction on Biomarkers of Longevity, Metabolic Adaptation, and Oxidative Stress in Overweight Individuals: A Randomized Controlled Trial.”
[8]Leslie, “Short-Term Fasting May Improve Health.”
Fung, Jason. The Obesity Code. Scribe Publications, 2016.
Harmar, AJ, J Fahrenkrug, I Gozes, M Laburthe, V May, JR Pisegna, D Vaudry, H Vaudry, JA Waschek, and SI Said. “Pharmacology and Functions of Receptors for Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide and Pituitary Adenylate Cyclase-Activating Polypeptide: IUPHAR Review 1.” British Journal of Pharmacology 166, no. 1 (May 1, 2012): 4–17. [PMC]
Heilbronn, LK, Jonge de, MI Frisard, JP DeLany, DE Larson-Meyer, J Rood, T Nguyen, et al. “Effect of 6-Month Calorie Restriction on Biomarkers of Longevity, Metabolic Adaptation, and Oxidative Stress in Overweight Individuals: A Randomized Controlled Trial.” JAMA 295, no. 13 (April 5, 2006): 1539–48. [PubMed]
Leslie, Mitch. “Short-Term Fasting May Improve Health.” Science. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), June 18, 2015. doi: 10.1126/science.aac6862
Soofi, A, KI Wolf, MP Emont, N Qi, G Martinez-Santibanez, E Grimley, W Ostwani, and GR Dressler. “The Kielin/Chordin-like Protein (KCP) Attenuates High-Fat Diet-Induced Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome in Mice.” The Journal of Biological Chemistry 292, no. 22 (June 2, 2017): 9051–62. [PubMed]
Stipp, David. “How Intermittent Fasting Might Help You Live a Longer and Healthier Life.” Scientific American. Accessed June 21, 2017. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-intermittent-fasting-might-help-you-live-longer-healthier-life/.
Trepanowski, JF, CM Kroeger, A Barnosky, MC Klempel, S Bhutani, KK Hoddy, K Gabel, et al. “Effect of Alternate-Day Fasting on Weight Loss, Weight Maintenance, and Cardioprotection Among Metabolically Healthy Obese Adults: A Randomized Clinical Trial.” JAMA Internal Medicine, May 1, 2017. [PubMed]
Weiss, EP, and JO Holloszy. “Improvements in Body Composition, Glucose Tolerance, and Insulin Action Induced by Increasing Energy Expenditure or Decreasing Energy Intake.” The Journal of Nutrition 137, no. 4 (April 1, 2007): 1087–90. [PubMed]
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ChuckH
I am a family physician who has served in the US Army. In 2016, I found myself overweight, out of shape, and unhealthy, so I made a change to improve my health. This blog is the chronology of my path to better health and what I have learned along the way.

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