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The Hunger Returns: Fasting

I had intended to do a 30-hr fast beginning at noon, yesterday, with both a hearty breakfast and lunch prior. It didn't work out that way. I wasn't really hungry in the early morning (never am, anymore), so I didn't fix anything until about 9am. I hadn't had bacon & eggs in a while (really), so I fixed five strips and fried up two eggs in my newly acquired lard. I had intended to add in some red grapes, but apparently Bea absconded with those for her packed lunch. Oh, well. Then came noon; then 1pm, and still not hungry. Oh, well; again. I guess my fast begins at 9:15am. By around 4pm I was getting hungry and didn't really relish going until bedtime. What to do? I decided on walking the five minutes over to the gym for some self-experimentation. Let's back up. Some will recall around the first of the year when I began experimenting with intermittent fasting, the idea being that we are evolutionarily adapted to going long periods without food, and that when we do, we turn to burning fat in place of muscle glycogen (stored carbohydrate). The body also releases growth hormone in response to...

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Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2022, contains over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More
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