Intermittent Fast – Week #4 (OMAD x 2 + 16:8 variation)

Welcome to my fourth and final fast for this experiment, beautiful people!

The plan was intermittent fasting once a week for one month. Week #1 is here.

Has it already been a month? It sure went by quickly!

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What happened this week?

This week comprised: OMAD x 2 + 16:8 (variation 20:4).

ONE MEAL A DAY (OMAD)

Incidental OMAD happened twice this week. I just wasn’t genuinely hungry.

Since I wasn’t planning to fast those days, I had a cup of coffee in the mornings with MCT oil powder.* (My new beverage of choice.)

I’ve experienced unplanned OMAD a few times now, so I’m concluding that my system is becoming accustomed to a little less food, or becoming more efficient, or both.

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16:8 FAST (variation 20:4)

I had planned a 16:8 fast and ended up doing a variation of the 16:8 fast, which was 20:4, or 20-hour window without food, and 4-hour window with food.

I could have pushed through to a 24-hour fast, but it didn’t feel necessary.

Since I’ve already experienced 24-hour fasts I wasn’t curious. I’m also not trying to lose weight or make medically-recommended adjustments, so there wasn’t a need.

After doing longer fasts, this one was relatively easy and I don’t have anything new to report — until the next day.

What happened post-fast?

The day after my 20:4 fast, I had daydreams of bread and butter that became full-fledged yearnings. Not very exotic, but I think it meant my system was too low on carbs, fat and possibly salt.

After some time pondering the situation, I decided to pick up freshly baked olive loaf with whipped butter. Seldom has anyone loved the combination more in that moment, I’m sure.

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CONCLUSION: WEEK #4

What did you notice during this experiment overall?

  • Distinguishing between habitual, anticipatory and genuine hunger became reflexive.

  • My approach to food became more purposeful.

  • My meal portions became reduced.

  • Tastes and flavors became more pronounced.

  • The only condiments I used were Himalayan salt, and later, butter.

  • I became more alert and energized (not dramatically so).

  • Avoiding snack foods was easy.

  • I need to make a point of drinking more water, in general, in life.

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Will you fast again?

Yes.

No hesitation?

None. I’ll continue fasting every couple or few months, and slowly build to longer durations.

I’d like to try a 48-hour fast. I’ve learned enough to know that to do so safely, I need to increase my fasting times gradually.

Have you achieved your goal?

My purpose remains self-mastery. The experience has already been educational and rewarding, and I imagine there is more to be discovered.

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Disclaimer: This article is not medical advice and the author is not a medical practitioner. Please consult your health care provider before attempting to fast, to be sure it is safe for you to do so.

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*It’s categorized OMAD and not a fast because of the coffee and MCT oil. For further discussion, see Week #2.
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