Yes, unfortunately I often eat unhealthy… (photo is from summer in Austria, not after fasting...)
When I first posted on Facebook about my decision to embark on a five-day fast (only water and tea), I had no idea the interest it would eventually spark. So I will try to summarize everything in this blog once more and add a lot of other knowledge.
I'll probably start by saying that I'm NOT a nutritionist - on the contrary, as my wife would say: I'm a pig who pays for everything, but I have a duck's stomach, so I can handle it and it doesn't matter.
I eat everything, sometimes I have a beer, and I definitely don't and never have tried any diets. I try to do strength training twice a week, we go on a lot of trips (1,800-2,000 km a year) and about 2,500 km by bike. So it's not extreme, but I'm not a peddler either - I mainly compensate for the fact that I write from home, so I don't go to a traditional job.
The funny thing was that people on Facebook asked me how I prepared for the fast. To tell you the truth, I didn't quite understand the question - the lady even wrote that she was just studying books so far...
I don't know, I just said to myself one time last summer that I would try not eating for three days and I didn't eat and now I said to myself that I would try for five - so I just didn't eat for five days...
I had dinner for the last time on Sunday (I don't even remember what, but it was definitely nothing diety - I even think I finished my meal after New Year's Eve... 😉)
And I told myself enough that I really ate a bit over Christmas (gained 6 kg for a total of 86 kg) and the body needs a little cleansing, so I just jumped on it.
I remembered that it is good to practice fasting twice a year - our ancient ancestors already did it, and they had one of them just like this in January after Mardi Gras.
So on Monday I was (still... 🤣 ) full of energy and went to practice with the boys kettlebells and then cycled 22 km.
Training with Dan Landa, Pavle Mack, Libor Vondráček and Dan Dárek
Work at home in the morning and another 20 km bike ride in the afternoon. I still only drink water and teas (green, mint, herbal - like sage, black without...)
I would like to go back to why I got into it. I'm not naive to think that it's possible to lose weight this drastically (although a little of course yes... 😉) - but I was really mainly concerned with cleansing my body after the Christmas binge.
These multi-day fasts should mainly start the so-called autophagy, when the body eliminates old and diseased cells - many thanks to a friend and our exercise guru for this advice Pavlo Mack. More information and advice about autophagy is probably best on his website.
Work at home again in the morning and a 22 km bike ride in the afternoon, but already on the way home (we live on a hill) I started to feel tired and then when I got up faster I felt a little dizzy - probably because my blood pressure dropped. There are 3 kg weights at the bottom.
I was so sleepy in the evening that I fell asleep watching TV at six o'clock - which has NEVER happened to me, but it's probably because I didn't drink the coffee my body is used to.
I slept for almost eight hours (I normally sleep six and a half hours EVERY day) and woke up completely rested and energized. There are 4 kg weights at the bottom. I don't go to any big events - just a short walk to the shop about 3 km.
I added two coffees a day (without milk and sugar) and falling asleep in the evening disappeared.
I feel full of energy again - I'm even thinking of going to work out, but I don't want to try. For now, I'm testing my body. Maybe when I try it again in the summer, I'll know what and how and include full exercise and all the activities.
Work at home again and only a short walk to the shop - I was craving some good fruit juice and sweet muesli with milk when I started eating again.
And in the evening, after the entire fast, I also had a bun with lean ham. But it is probably better to start, as recommended by the "fasters", for example vegetable soup or steamed vegetables.
You literally enjoy the first meal little by little and it really is like a holiday. And they will realize a lot of things - for example, what a perfect factory the body is and how little energy it really needs to receive. Just be DO NOT OVEREAT!
Conclusion and advice…
Yes, I know that a lot of people wrote to me that one should start eating slowly and work towards a normal diet for as long as the fast lasts, but as I wrote - I'm a pig and I still don't like any hard dogmas. Because I think they are ABSOLUTELY useless. One claims that he is not above oatmeal and how they benefit the body, and the other considers it to be the greatest bane of soul and body... In short, too much of everything is harmful - even to the rules - and the body will reliably tell itself.
Just everything in moderation and nothing must be overdone and I think that's how it is with everything in life.
It was also important that I was at home - so if you are going to a more demanding job, I would probably leave the fasting for holidays, vacations and the like, but I don't know - it's about habit. People have written to me who practice a 30-40 day fast only on water and go to work and think it's good for them...
A huge number of people also wrote to me that I was good, that they admired me and that they wouldn't give it, but it didn't seem like anything worth talking about. I haven't had so many reactions even after doing The Goat Story for five years, or writing a book for a year... 🤣
And advice for those who want to lose weight?
Just DO NOT EAT and move normally - don't make excuses about metabolism, heredity - simply behave normally. It's pure physics (with a bit of chemistry) and the pounds are still out of the air NO ONE did not gain weight - eat sparingly.
People are often surprised that they gain weight, but they say that they "don't eat that much" - but then it turns out that every night they put a bag of chips or nuts in front of the TV and drink an entire Coke.
Just for a rough comparison, a person needs about 2150 kcal per day – and a bag of chips has 550 kcal, 200g of cashew nuts (just such a treat, right) has 1200 kcal, and cola or sweet drinks are WORST – 1 liter of Coke has 500 kcal. So, if you "only" drink two liters of Coke, that's it HALF of what you should eat in a day...
It's that easy. 👍 😉
But back to fasting - it's really just in the head - switching to "I'm not eating now". In short, if you want anything, stop thinking about it, solve it and jump headfirst into it - and so it is with everything. It won't happen by itself.
Anyway, the woman is making lasagna today, so I'm really looking forward to it.
EDIT: After five days, the body partially filled with water, the intestines began to work, and of the six kilos lost, three came back, which is normal - as I wrote, it was primarily a cleansing and not a diet - although a partial diet effect is also there.