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Today I broke my 5 day water fast. Find out how much I lost.

Water Fast Week 2017

What is Water Fast Week? In 2015, Dr. Thomas Seyfried – the author of Cancer as a Metabolic Disease: On the Origin, Management, and Prevention of Cancer – came on the show to speak to us about metabolic fasting as a means of cancer therapy – and (possibly) prevention. For a more in-depth explanation of how exactly that works, click here to listen to the episode. The short version? It may be that we have the ability to “starve out” stray (pre-tumorous) cancer cells by simply not eating. Cancer cells don’t survive nearly as well as healthy cells in a low-glucose (ketogenic) internal environment. And the quickest way into ketosis is, well… by starving. Dr. Seyfried cited “a 7-day water fast, once per year” as a possible way for a healthy person to remain cancer-free by starving any errant cancer cells before they can establish a foothold in the body. This means that for a comparatively small investment of time (and a larger dollop of willpower), we might be able to significantly extend both our lifespans and our “health-spans.” Cancer remains a distressingly prevalent killer and misery-bringer – so anything to safely lessen its likelihood is great news, right? Continue reading >>

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  1. StaalesenArt

    Water fasting, no ketosis

    I'm on day 5 of water fasting, and I still feel hungry. And interestingly enough, I was LESS hungry the first couple of days, but today it seems my desire to eat and the uncomfortable feeling in my stomach has dialed up. I have ingested literally nothing but clean water and technically saliva, and yet I have no sense of ketosis at all.
    I can't prove I'm not in ketosis because I have no means to test my blood, nor will I spend the money to do so. I just know that no matter where I look, there's apparently real clear signs that you're in ketosis, and I have not reached that state apparently. Am I incapable of Ketosis? Is my body just refusing to run off of ketones? Is that possible?

  2. LMichaelM

    Forget bro science. All the published, established literature makes clear that within 24hrs of consuming no nutrients, perhaps a little longer for metabolic outliers, the human body's accessible glycogen reserves (stored sugar) become depleted; it then begins burning its stored fat for fuel, with the production of ketones as part of this biochemical process.
    This burning of stored fat and the associated ketone production in the stated condition of fasting is, by definition, ketosis.
    Whether it leaves you elated, dismayed or indifferent, after fasting for five days you, friend, must of necessity be in a state of ketosis. [Otherwise, you'd not be reading this, nor doing much of anything else either – you'd be dead.]
    Edit (elaboration on last paragraph): This is neither mere rhetoric nor exaggeration. For one example: anorexics of long duration whose accessible fat reserves are close to nil, should they enter a complete fasted state for even a day (taking no nutrients, neither via the GI tract nor intravenously) promptly begin metabolizing their bodies' protein stores (our third tier of energy substrates or potential fuel sources – after our stored sugar, then stored fat)…
    But wait. What are these "protein stores"? The body cannot "store" protein – all its protein is constitutional, structural constituents of its tissues, commonly its musculature, whether skeletal, smooth muscle, or cardiac muscle.
    Ah, that pesky cardiac muscle. The heart. Deprived of incoming nutrients (when fasting) their sugar stores (first-tier fuel substrate) depleted within a day, pathologically skinny anorexics lacking fat stores (our second-tier fuel substrate, burned by healthy individuals in ketosis) begin burning through their muscle, their constitutional muscle, not sparing their cardiac muscle. This is lethally weakened, and thus their death by heart failure ensues. A fate which, after fasting for five days, you escape only because you, presumably, possess ample fat… and you are in ketosis.
    tl;dr: You have been fasting for five days; your glycogen (sugar stores) were exhausted three or more days ago; and your heart is beating fine? Thank God for your fat stores, all that's keeping you alive! You're burning them up with an accompanying production of ketones (detectably or not), and this is ketosis. You. are. in. ketosis.

  3. LMichaelM

    Kind words, /u/infromsea… thank you. And generous, illustrative sharing of your personal experience.

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I have nothing but gratitude for my lovely & wonderful first water fast ever! I will not take my success for granted and I break my fast with a wonderful bone broth with a teaspoon of butter to remain in heavy ketosis. I will only ingest liquids with fats in the next 3 days to keep myself on track. I will stay under 500 calories a day and I will cherish every bit of food that enters my body as if it were the last. Fasting teaches patience, love, humbleness/humility, and it really settles the mind and lets the body work on healing. I am very grateful to all of you, my special viewers, for your support, your love and for being so special. Each and every one of you is here for a reason. There are no coincidences in life. If you're following my channel, it's because it was meant to be and we both are going to learn from one another. Thank you for being an intrinsic part of my life and this channel. Give yourself the gift of fasting soon. Start with intermittent fasting, then move up slowly. Don't take a single success for granted. Sending you all love and gratitude. Fast started at 18:30 on Monday, November 2nd, 2015 Fast concluded at 18:30 on Thursday, November 5th, 2015. Instagram: h

5 Day Water Fast Results

The week prior to Thanksgiving I heard an excellent Tim Ferriss podcast with guest Dominic D'Agostino, a PhD studying ketosis. They discussed lots of interesting ideas but for me the most compelling was the research regarding ketosis and cancer cells. As I understand it--and I am oversimplifying here--cancer cells feed on glucose, or sugars. When you eat very few carbohydrates or fast for long enough your body goes into a state called ketosis. This causes you to produce ketones, which allow for all other normal functions of the body and brain, but that cancer cells cannot feed on. The implication is that someone with a family history of cancer may be able to proactively arrest or even kill potential cancer cells with periodic therapeutic fasting. I recently did a 5 day water fast for four reasons: 1. For the reputed therapeutic effects. There have been quite a few cancer deaths in my family, and that seemed like a good enough reason to give it a shot. 2. To gain some clarity. I assumed that all the extra time spent not-eating would allow for deep focus and decision-making. 3. To counteract a week of Thanksgiving gluttony. I ate at least five meals a day and drank like Henry IIIV fo Continue reading >>

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  1. StaalesenArt

    Water fasting, no ketosis

    I'm on day 5 of water fasting, and I still feel hungry. And interestingly enough, I was LESS hungry the first couple of days, but today it seems my desire to eat and the uncomfortable feeling in my stomach has dialed up. I have ingested literally nothing but clean water and technically saliva, and yet I have no sense of ketosis at all.
    I can't prove I'm not in ketosis because I have no means to test my blood, nor will I spend the money to do so. I just know that no matter where I look, there's apparently real clear signs that you're in ketosis, and I have not reached that state apparently. Am I incapable of Ketosis? Is my body just refusing to run off of ketones? Is that possible?

  2. LMichaelM

    Forget bro science. All the published, established literature makes clear that within 24hrs of consuming no nutrients, perhaps a little longer for metabolic outliers, the human body's accessible glycogen reserves (stored sugar) become depleted; it then begins burning its stored fat for fuel, with the production of ketones as part of this biochemical process.
    This burning of stored fat and the associated ketone production in the stated condition of fasting is, by definition, ketosis.
    Whether it leaves you elated, dismayed or indifferent, after fasting for five days you, friend, must of necessity be in a state of ketosis. [Otherwise, you'd not be reading this, nor doing much of anything else either – you'd be dead.]
    Edit (elaboration on last paragraph): This is neither mere rhetoric nor exaggeration. For one example: anorexics of long duration whose accessible fat reserves are close to nil, should they enter a complete fasted state for even a day (taking no nutrients, neither via the GI tract nor intravenously) promptly begin metabolizing their bodies' protein stores (our third tier of energy substrates or potential fuel sources – after our stored sugar, then stored fat)…
    But wait. What are these "protein stores"? The body cannot "store" protein – all its protein is constitutional, structural constituents of its tissues, commonly its musculature, whether skeletal, smooth muscle, or cardiac muscle.
    Ah, that pesky cardiac muscle. The heart. Deprived of incoming nutrients (when fasting) their sugar stores (first-tier fuel substrate) depleted within a day, pathologically skinny anorexics lacking fat stores (our second-tier fuel substrate, burned by healthy individuals in ketosis) begin burning through their muscle, their constitutional muscle, not sparing their cardiac muscle. This is lethally weakened, and thus their death by heart failure ensues. A fate which, after fasting for five days, you escape only because you, presumably, possess ample fat… and you are in ketosis.
    tl;dr: You have been fasting for five days; your glycogen (sugar stores) were exhausted three or more days ago; and your heart is beating fine? Thank God for your fat stores, all that's keeping you alive! You're burning them up with an accompanying production of ketones (detectably or not), and this is ketosis. You. are. in. ketosis.

  3. LMichaelM

    Kind words, /u/infromsea… thank you. And generous, illustrative sharing of your personal experience.

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Learn how to fast without losing muscle. Check out my 5 day fast results. I had no food for 5 days. This video will show you how to fast for fat loss while maintaining muscle mass. I discuss intermittent fasting, alternate day fasting, the warrior diet, and a full 5 day fast. Check out the fasting weight loss results that I achieved in this video. The fat loss before and after is a one month time lapse, but 99% of these results came directly from a 5 day fast. if you're looking to lose weight with intermittent fasting this video will help with no food weight loss. FREE 6 Week Challenge: https://gravitychallenges.com/home65d... Fat Loss Calculator: http://bit.ly/2O6uT3P So on the left what you see is me about a month ago and what you see on the right is me a few days ago after completing a 5-day fast where I ate nothing for 5 days straight. Now even though the video on the left is from a month ago I lost the majority of this fat during the five-day fast believe it or not. I also didn't lose a lot of muscle. I may look flat in the video on the righr but that's because I had no carbohydrates or any kind of food for that matter at the time of that video. This third video shows me toda

How Long Can I Fast Before I Start Losing Muscle?

Fasting is the process of forgoing food for a period of time to either detox the body or lose weight. Most fasts include drinking water, but some include going without water for a period of time. In the process of fasting, the body turns to muscle at some point to get needed glucose, which results in loss of muscle mass. How fast this happens depends on how much glucose your body is receiving. Fasts can be detrimental to your health, so talk with your doctor before starting one. Video of the Day If you are on a water-only fast, several key changes will happen. The body needs certain basic components, normally provided by diet, to function, the most important of which is glucose. Once the body takes all it can from the last meal you had, it turns to the liver, which stores glucose in the form of glycogen. It takes about 24 hours before the liver is relieved of its glycogen stores. Once the glycogen stores of the liver run out after the first 24 hours, the body turns to fatty acids for fuel, breaking down the fatty acids in the reserves of fat in the body and around the organs. But other parts of the body, primarily the brain and red blood cells, can only function using glucose. The Continue reading >>

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  1. AbbaZabba

    OK So I was trying to learn more about Ketosis and came across a forum where a guy claimed you could reach ketosis in just 24hours of water fasting. I really wish I could start it right now but I already had a cliff bar today so I may not start this until this weekend but here is what you do.
    - The day before you want to start your water fast you eat only fruit, so that is the only carbs and glucose in your system. He says to preferably eat it for 2-3 days in advance.
    - On Day 1 of the fast you drink 8oz of orange juice and then you walk for 2-3 hours or around 5-6.5 miles. He claims this will burn all of your carb reserves and go directly into ketosis by the next morning.
    - After the first day you do not exercise and just continue on to the normal water only fast.
    I need a weekend day to be able to walk around for 3 continuos hours & a few days planning so I think I am going to try and start fruit fasting tomorrow or Thursday and then start the fast Saturday. I really want to get into Ketosis for awhile because I have plenty of fat to burn. I am also a highly toxic person and I know this so it would be nice to really flush stuff out.
    If anyone wants to trade kik names & join me this weekend hit me up!
    Here is the link where I found this stuff: http://www.stevepavl...s-24-hours.html

  2. Caliico

    Sounds a little complicated? You will reach ketosis within 24-48h by simply water fasting.

  3. xoxomelodie

    Yeah it's not a big secret. It's very easy after a day of fasting. Heck the hours of walking sound terrible to me. Maybe 30 mns of running or on the elliptical while fasting. Also, depending on how long you're planning on water fasting, you will barely be able to do anything and you will lose all muscle mass. Plus fasting/juicing does not make you detoxify.
    I mean, don't get me wrong. I've done this before successfully so you will shed weight but better have the facts. And if you ever feel you're getting too weak, just remember just some protein and fat can go a long way in strengthening your resolve and it will not ruin the diet.

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