N=1 – Day 1 Complete
It’s now been 34 hours since I’ve had any substantial amount of calories. While this isn’t a fast in the strictest sense of the word, the only thing I had with any calories in it at all yesterday was one cup of turkey bone broth. According to the nutrition label, that has about 35 calories. Considering I burn nearly 2,200 calories in a resting state, that probably took me about 20 minutes to burn off. And I wasn’t “resting” during that time. Needless to say, I didn’t have much to eat yesterday!
How do I feel? Well for a good part of yesterday I had a headache. I was of course hungry off and on, but not as much as I thought. Going beyond my normal-ish 7-8AM breakfast time, I was hungry. My body was saying “Hey, we missed Jack in the Box today!” By about 10:30 I wasn’t super hungry. I had decided at noon I’d drink my bone broth. (Which by the way is really just mild flavoring to water) About 12:30 I got up and grabbed a coffee cup, filled it with bone broth and nuked it for about a minute 30 second. Once I had downed it, I actually felt hungrier than I had. Mostly the bone broth is for the sodium anyway. Just to keep me from cramping much throughout the day.
Other than that, I felt fine. A bit of a headache and a bit of a grumbling in my tummy. I felt alert, able to concentrate. I wasn’t fatigued at all. I slept really well. Overall I felt better than I thought I would.
The only other thing I had was about a gallon of water. That’s it. A gallon of water and 35 calories of bone broth. I know a lot of you are thinking I’m crazy. But think of all the folks that do the HCG drops, they’re only consuming 465 calories more than I am, and they’ve somehow come up with a medical miracle? I’m not spending a @$$load of money for the drops, and I’m basically doing the same thing. So don’t hate.
Again this isn’t a permanent solution, it’s a quick fix. The weekends are going to dictate how this works long term. If I go back to eating Jack in the Box and Pizza on Saturday and Sunday, then what’s the point really? But if I can eat low carb, high fat, moderate protein on the weekends, then ideally when I’m done with the M-F fasts, I’ll just continue eating that.
We’ll see. My brain is broken, I’m trying to fix it.
Linda Kay Hurlbut | Jan 6, 2016 at 8:40 am
Josh Hale | Jan 6, 2016 at 8:41 am
Good job buddy. When I’m cutting, I find it easier to fast until around 2PM so I can eat all of my calories in a condensed time and enjoy food. I wouldn’t recommend cutting calories to that degree all week. Not because of health reasons, but because it’s extremely hard to keep going mentally. When I cut I usually do a 500 calorie defecit and try to burn 500 calories from cardio every day. Best of luck!
Rick Uncangco | Jan 6, 2016 at 9:03 am
Fight the Fight John! Rooting for you buddy! Hang in there! 🙂
Sandee Baker | Jan 6, 2016 at 10:01 am
If you can stick with a SUPER low carb diet, you will lose weight. Restricting carbs forces your body to use your stored fat. The biggest issue I had with the low carb diet (which I did for MONTHS with really good results) was cravings for sweets. I solved that with a Protein shake that included super low carb peanut butter flavored protein powder ( I can give you the brand if you want it), sugar free chocolate syrup (awful by itself, but good mixed with other things) heavy cream, ice and water. You can sprinkle in cinnamon, turmeric, red pepper flakes and other things to make it interesting and even more healthful. I could also be seen eating Vanilla cool whip straight out of the container. I have a great recipe for almost no carb pizza as well. The crust is made with eggs and cheese. Really delicious. Let me know if you are interested and I can e-mail it to you.