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12-WEEK 36-hr twice a week Intermittent Dry Fasting

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22 Jun 2011 21:49 - 22 Jun 2011 21:53 #7972 by Milena
Milena replied the topic: Re: 12-WEEK 36-hr twice a week Intermittent Dry Fasting
No I will not eat avocados. I do love them, but when I have Mexican food, not by themselves..:) I might still have some during my cooked vegan weeks if we go to Chipotle, our favorite super healthy Mexican restaurant. Thank you for the tip though!

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22 Jun 2011 22:16 #7975 by Esmée La Fleur
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This looks great, Milena. I look forward to following your journey. I think it is better not to restrict calories anyway. Just eat to feel satisfied, since that is what you do in your life normally. Calorie restriction does not work long term, only permant lifestyle and dietary changes have lasting effects. Go Girl!

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22 Jun 2011 22:52 #7978 by Milena
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Agree! Thank you Esmee! I will need some guidance once I hit the cooked and raw vegan weeks..:)

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23 Jun 2011 22:01 #7986 by Milena
Milena replied the topic: Week 2 of the 12-WEEK 36-hr twice a week Intermittent Dry Fasting
As today marks the beginning of Week 2 on the 12-Week Program I would like to report the results and lessons learned from Week 1.

Due to the fact that I did not change my regular diet last week, I did not expect to see any weight loss. I did however expect to see that my weight would be maintained and it did. I will be measuring my body fat percentage later tonight and will update this post at that time.

Even though I did not lose any weight, I do feel tighter overall and my regular stretchy pants feel loose. I have been performing 20 - 30 minutes walks during the 5 days of last week plus walked a lot on the weekend which might have attributed to the tightness I feel now. I will also take measurements of myself after I do the body fat percentage test and post them tonight.

Since I have completed two 36-hour dry fasts last week, plus another 36-hour fast before I started this program, I have experienced reduction in the size of my stomach. Eating unlimited quantities of food without consequences is no longer acceptable. I have become much more sensitive to how much I eat and what I eat. The heavier the food for digestion the more uncomfortable I get. It happens immediately and enables me to stop eating whatever is causing this discomfort on the spot.

Hygiene wise, I brush my teeth in the evening just before I start my fast and do not brush them again until just before I break the fast at 36 hours. Also I do not get coated tongue or bad breath within that period of time.

Since during the dry fast experience of sweating is very limited, even when I do my daily walks, I only shower and wash my hair before I start the fast and do not shower on the day of the fast. I do wash my hands and my armpits, as well as other private areas, if necessary.

Those of you who missed my daily blogs for the past week can read them by following links bellow:

www.fastingconnection.com/blog/staying-o...change-of-plans.html

www.fastingconnection.com/blog/ready-set-and-go.html

www.fastingconnection.com/blog/getting-dunked.html

www.fastingconnection.com/blog/children-...speak-the-truth.html

www.fastingconnection.com/blog/icing-on-the-cake.html

www.fastingconnection.com/blog/getting-some-shut-eye.html

www.fastingconnection.com/blog/to-eat-or...atter-of-choice.html

www.fastingconnection.com/blog/filling-up-your-tank.html

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24 Jun 2011 06:14 #7993 by Yuliya
Yuliya replied the topic: Re: Week 2 of the 12-WEEK 36-hr twice a week Intermittent Dry Fasting
I now came to enjoy no showering and no teeth brushing on my dry fasting day!
I don't get no smell or bad taste or anything now.
But there is some awesome satisfaction at the moment before I get to take a shower etc.
I know that the body is cleansing.

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24 Jun 2011 06:16 - 24 Jun 2011 06:34 #7994 by Milena
Milena replied the topic: Re: Week 2 of the 12-WEEK 36-hr twice a week Intermittent Dry Fasting
I decided not to take physical measurements and only weigh myself and get the body fat percentage. So here's what I have as of 19:00 hours:

Weight: 142.8
Body Fat: 28.8%

In one week I have lost 1.2 lbs and .7% of body fat.

I also measured my ketone levels and at 23 hours mark they were at MODERATE level. Last time I had the same reading when the time lapsed between my two fasts was 60 hours. This time it was 36 hours. I will continue to check through out the program.

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24 Jun 2011 06:58 #7995 by Milena
Milena replied the topic: Re: Week 2 of the 12-WEEK 36-hr twice a week Intermittent Dry Fasting

Yuliya wrote: I now came to enjoy no showering and no teeth brushing on my dry fasting day!
I don't get no smell or bad taste or anything now.
But there is some awesome satisfaction at the moment before I get to take a shower etc.
I know that the body is cleansing.


So true!!!! When you take shower all the time it does not feel the same way...:)

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25 Jun 2011 05:19 #8009 by Yuliya
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Hi Milena,

I was wondering if you were noticing that you are more clear and focused mentally on your fasting days compared to your eating days?

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25 Jun 2011 06:04 #8010 by Milena
Milena replied the topic: Re: Week 2 of the 12-WEEK 36-hr twice a week Intermittent Dry Fasting

Yuliya wrote: Hi Milena,

I was wondering if you were noticing that you are more clear and focused mentally on your fasting days compared to your eating days?


I wouldn't say that, not on a 36-hour fast. The first 24 hours, while you are still functioning on your glucose reserves and gradually depleting them you will experience decrease in mental functioning. So usually when I hit 24 hours, (8 o'clock in the evening) I am so mentally exhausted that I am ready for bed. When I wake up the next day I am in ketosis, but it takes up tot 48 hours for the brain to start burning ketones for energy and a bit longer to get used to this form of energy. Once it happens you feel very sharp and clear, but it does not happen on the short fast.

During the long dry fast it takes about 3 days before the process of conversion is complete and brain operates on ketones, that's when the mental fog usually clears and person experiences better clarity and more focus. That's what my experience has been with my 5 day, 7 day and 9 day dry fasts.

My focus during my 36-hour dry fasts is not on being productive, but on resting as much as possible and allowing my body to do its job during the fast. Once I break the fast and start eating, my mental and physical energies go through the roof and I am unstoppable. I believe the body utilizes energy from food much better after it has gone through a short fast.

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25 Jun 2011 06:13 #8011 by Yuliya
Yuliya replied the topic: Re: Week 2 of the 12-WEEK 36-hr twice a week Intermittent Dry Fasting
Thank you, Milena, for the detailed answer.

My physical energy also feels super high on my eating days, but my mind is becoming a lot more clear and focused on my fasting days now.
I am also a lot more productive on my fasting days because I am not exercising, not showering, not eating and not visiting the bathroom :)

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25 Jun 2011 06:22 #8012 by Milena
Milena replied the topic: Re: Week 2 of the 12-WEEK 36-hr twice a week Intermittent Dry Fasting
My productivity levels do not change since I don't really have a choice in the matter..:) I still have to go to work and take care of my family fasting or not.

What I am wondering is if your glucose storages are bigger then mine since your diet is primarily carbs, where is mine contains quite a bit of protein.

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25 Jun 2011 07:30 #8014 by Esmée La Fleur
Esmée La Fleur replied the topic: Re: Week 2 of the 12-WEEK 36-hr twice a week Intermittent Dry Fasting

Milena wrote: What I am wondering is if your glucose storages are bigger then mine since your diet is primarily carbs, where is mine contains quite a bit of protein.


Or, is it possible that Yuliya is producing some ketones on her fasting days since she is fasting every other day, which is more often than you?

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25 Jun 2011 08:11 - 25 Jun 2011 08:20 #8015 by Milena
Milena replied the topic: Re: Week 2 of the 12-WEEK 36-hr twice a week Intermittent Dry Fasting
I measured my ketone levels 10 hours after I broke the fast and it was NONE. I suspect that the ketosis stops pretty much as soon as you introduce carbs back into your system. Besides she eats almost 0 fat so her body probably converts faster then mine, since I usually have eggs for breakfast. If anything her body might take longer to convert to ketosis. Just like mine did when I had predominantly carbs for my last meal. Of course unless she measures her ketone levels we will never know.

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25 Jun 2011 20:35 #8018 by LavenderGrass
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From what I have been reading allover here I get a message that DRY FASTING is THE thing to get rid of body fat? wow... that is not easy for me to do at all... but will try it out. would love to do 3 days. I did 1 day once in the middle of a juice fast.

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25 Jun 2011 21:28 #8020 by Milena
Milena replied the topic: Re: 12-WEEK 36-hr twice a week Intermittent Dry Fasting
Dear Aleksandra,

Welcome to dry fasting! I am so excited that you decided to give it a shot. I would start by doing a 36-hour fast and see how it feels to you. If you feel good, next time you can move up to 72-hours. If you don't, then you should stay with 36 hours until your body gets used to it. Since your diet is very healthy to begin with you should not have much trouble. Please feel free to ask me any questions, any time.

Milena

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26 Jun 2011 21:03 - 26 Jun 2011 21:05 #8043 by Milena
Milena replied the topic: Re: Week 2 of the 12-WEEK 36-hr twice a week Intermittent Dry Fasting
Today, June 26th 2011, I am on a third day of the eating window in my week two. Interestingly, I have no cravings to speak of. My eating pattern for the past two days has been eating small meals every couple of hours.

With one and a half week of intermittent fasting under my belt I have been making some conclusions which I discuss in my blog:

www.fastingconnection.com/blog/having-my...d-eating-it-too.html

As of this morning I've only regained 4 lbs, a far cry from 7 lbs I would manage to regain in one day in the past. I think with regular intermittent dry fasting my body is beginning to trust me and no longer feels like it has to hold on to the fluids to prepare for the next prolonged drought. Hence, I've been feeling light and energized.

The only time I felt a bit of discomfort when I had a few tea spoons of Haagen-daz Caramel ice cream last night. It just showed me that once you avoid food with processed sugar it will get you when you have it again.

I am looking forward to starting my dry fast at 20:00 tonight.

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28 Jun 2011 06:27 #8074 by Milena
Milena replied the topic: Re: Week 2 of the 12-WEEK 36-hr twice a week Intermittent Dry Fasting
June 27th, 2011

It has been 24-hours since I started my 36-hour dry fast. My ketones level is at its usual place for this time between SMALL AND MODERATE. I do feel that my irritability and weakness has been growing as the day progressed. I largely attribute it to the rising heat in Los Angeles. Hate the hot weather with all my heart! Even at 11:00 when I took my hour lunch to complete my 30-minute walk it was already hot. I guess pretty soon I will have to start going to the gym in our new building. It will take 8 minutes for me to walk from my desk to the treadmill, but at least I won't have to suffer for 30 minutes walking in the summer heat.

Those of you who enjoy reading my blog can see my latest "A Battle between the Body and the Ego" at www.fastingconnection.com/blog/battle-be...ody-and-the-ego.html

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30 Jun 2011 21:35 #8112 by Milena
Milena replied the topic: Week 3 of the 12-WEEK 36-hr twice a week Intermittent Dry Fasting
I am on my Week 3 as of yesterday. Tonight I will be weighing myself in and taking my body fat measurements. I did eat quite a bit on my non-fasting days in Week 2 and so far I feel that I have been able to maintain my weight without gaining anything. Which means that if you want to maintain your weight whithout any dietary changes, then 36-hour 2x a week intermittent dry fasts do work.

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01 Jul 2011 07:56 #8124 by Milena
Milena replied the topic: Re: Week 3 of the 12-WEEK 36-hr twice a week Intermittent Dry Fasting
At 20:00 I got on my scale and, as I expected, there were no changes.

weight - 142.8 lbs
body fat - 28.7%

In addition, my ketones level was between TRACE and SMALL. Since my last meal consisted of 2 cups of mixed fruits (watermelon, cantaloup, pineapple, mango and grapes) and a bowl of brown rice with mushrooms. In addition I had a thin slice of roast beef and a slice of Havarti cheese. So, based on the fact that I had predominantly carbs my ketosis was delayed.

With all the eating that took place over the past week I am surprised I did not gain anything fasting or not. This week I vow to be more conservative with my eating.

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11 Jul 2011 22:43 - 15 Jul 2011 07:18 #8330 by Milena
Milena replied the topic: End of Week 3 of the 12-WEEK 36-hr twice a week Intermittent Dry Fasting
I meant to post this update on July 7th but between getting reading for my Life Coaching training this past weekend and being busy with my family that did not happen. So here are the results:

On July 7th, 2011 at 20:00

weight - 145.2 lbs
body fat - 28.7%

It was interesting to see that while my weight had gone up by 3.4 lbs my body fat remained the same which to me indicates that the increase in weight was fluid weight, since I have no reason to claim any muscle gain. I do not anticipate any changes this week either since I have been eating and had some alcohol consumption over the weekend in anticipation of the beginning of my four vegan weeks.

The vegan portion of my 12-week program will start on Wednesday. Due to several decisions I made last night and this morning (please see: www.fastingconnection.com/blog/guilt-free-.html )I ended up switching my fasting day from Monday to Tuesday with breaking the fast Wednesday morning already on a vegan diet and starting my regular weekly fast Wednesday at 8 PM to get back on track.

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