I'm preparing to embark on a 28-day fast to detox, cleanse and drop fat. I have been a successful dieter in the past losing 30 lbs at a time successfully (using Atkins and HCG). I want to clean up my eating habits and finally come to a moment of truth about it. I weigh in at 250 lbs and that is the heaviest I've ever been.
Here's my 'WHY'.
My motivation is to be able to button my pants and wear a belt again because I refuse to buy bigger clothes and compromise. In the mean time the skin on my gut and circulation is extremely painful becuase of my choices.
I want to minimize the back pain I have with my big fat gut swaying way out in front of me.
I eat TUMS like candy to help with 2X a day heartburn. I want to quit drinking sodas diet oflavored or otherwise, or eating sweets at work simply because of stress or boredom.
I want to quit drinking coffee and adding Splenda to my diet. I want to get back into my gym at home to perform maintenance of a healthy lifestyle so that I can just get things done around the house rather then hiring someone else to get it done.
The photo of myself is from last Summer 2016 when I dropped 30 lbs. because I was doing a photo shoot. Afterwards I gained it all back and then some most likely becuase my motabelism has slowed down while still making dumb choices in the crap and portions I've made.
I remember how much I enjoyed just adding lemon juice woth salt and pepper as the only seasonaling and being content with the flavor. I'm ready to take back the healthy eating habits and have the backbone to make it a lifestyle change BEFORE a stroke or heartattack.
HOW TO PREP?
So my questions surround specifics to my age since I'm not trying to fastrack myself to literal death by heartattack. I've been reading other posts here in the forum and I know you all are not doctors but you have experience in the life and forum. I have high BP and I'm Hyperthyroidism and use a lipid beta blocker.
All are maintiained by medication.
So here are my questions I need answered to begin. I am addicted to sugar. I have HUGE hunger pangs. I wonder if using an appetite suppresant will help stave the pangs off until the 4th day when going into ketosis takes over my feeling of being satiated.
I'm prepping for epson salt soaks to help minimize the cramping; is this a daily requirement?
I need to know what level of potassium I should be taking along with a multi mineral supplement.
I know not to take vitamins based on the research I've read here so far.
I have a five stage water filtration unit for my primary water source. No toothpaste use as well.
So when do I actally listen to my body and break the fast to avoid the danger zone? Should I go in stages to work up to a 28 day fast?
I heard hunger comes back later in the throat and sometimes the whole body and that's the cue.
Can I function under a fasting within a work environment?
How can I deal with the feeling of exhaustion?
Is being tired ongoing or just somedays typically? Any workarounds? Should I start on a weekend and take an added two days off the first week to remain at home? I don't want to act 'pissy' with people at work as I need to pay bills still.
Should I also detox with a colon cleansing treatment?
Thanks in advance for your valuable contributions.
Please include any other thoughts to prep mentally and physically.
Thank you for your thoughtful reply. You replied with the following: "When you fast, no meds, no supplements, no appetite suppressants, these will kill you, taking partial foods like supplements will harm your body."
You had me at 'these will kill you'! Alrighty then. I am starting out today Day 1 with nothing but water. I reviewed the prep in the cleansing and I'm not ready for that complexity yet. I will see how far my body allows me to go first time around. I read your articles on taking a soak on Epson Salt, Iodine and potassium chloride. Can you expand on this portion in terms of measurement to the bath water in ounces for each, specific brands (Amazon?) and frequency per week recommended?
Also a good workaround for the hunger pangs since I can't take the appetite suppressant? And they suggested amount of water to consume in a day? I read some post about drinking too much to offset hunger wreaks havoc on the brain and kidneys.
Lastly is the thought about electrolytes. When do you know they are too low and need to begin to reintroduce them?
For your input. You seem to have a pretty good grip on this topic. So far 30+ hours in I just have the absolute wrst heartburn. I so wish I could take a TUms to put these flames out in my esauphegus!(spelling) I have to just drink water to force it back down. This will be interesting to sleep with. Today I drank between 3-4 litres of filtered water. The hunger pangs weren't as big as I built it up in my imagination. It was also strange not to have something to eat at lunch and dinner and I had been skipping breakfast for awhile so not a huge change really. Looking forward to Day 4 to get to ketosis as I'm very familiar with that process with Atkins.
Thanks again Archus. To clarify on the measuerements: is that one cup of each ES and Potassium? When should I begin implementing this routine? Is it based on symptoms or X amount of days or just a best practice to stave off bad experiences?
Currently I'm on day 5 of my first time water fasting. I've lost over 10 pounds so far with water weight elimination I'm pretty sure. I have felt some pain in my chest but then it goes away. Hunger pangs are deminishing but are still there. The color of my uring went to orange yesterday which I think maybe due to the last of drinking as much water as in the beginning days. So I'm trying to drink more which has been about three-four litres per day. I had my first BM by the third day so I wonder if ketosis kicked in because that would signal to my bowels I 'ate something', right?
My blood pressure still runs a bit high without meds but I would think that since this fasting is for a short period of time that there is enough grace period to not worry about a stroke or heart attack. My resting pulse was 96 last evening which is a bit of a concern. My heart appears to be working hard. But dropping weight should make it work less, right? I'm reminded of Dr. Oz talking about the benefits of losing just 10 pounds and how significant that is for the heart in terms of benefits.
I try not to work up a sweat since I wish to preserve my electrolytes as long as possible. I'm planning to carry gatorade with me if and when I have a dizzy spell.
No headaches even going cold turkey on coffee and sugery snacks. Amazing. I thank God for allowing me to transition radically through this process.
Looking forward to you and the group's feedback as usual. :)