10 Day Water and Vegetable Fast Goes Well
I decided on New Year's Day to "Just Do It" instead of thinking about it and planning it.
So I started in on a water-and-lettuce(medically required for vitamin K content) only fast with a goal of about 2 weeks as the timing.
I had no instruction on it and had not discovered this website until after I started the fast. I take 16 different medications for a variety of medications, so my wife who was apoplectic about my decision insisted on counseling from my cardiologist and from my psychiatrist.
She knew that I would not stop the fast but I had to talk to these individuals by phone as soon as practical.
I had a scheduled visit with my psychiatrist on 1/6 so that was easy. He just listened to my motivation and asked me to get some electrolyte tests to add to ones that he had already set up.
My cardiologist was not available, but on Day 3 his nurse was so I talked to her extensively and she tried to convince me to add protein back into the fast.
I refused since that undermined the entire concept. My wife suggested that I modify the fast to be a vegetables and water fast, so starting on Day 3 that is what I did for the rest of my fast.
Since some vegetables have considerable protein I stayed away from those until the final 3 days of my fast and then I added beans to my list of OK vegetables that I would eat.
My fast went extremely well for the first 6 days. I lost 20 pounds off a baseline of 250 pounds.
After the 6th day, my weight plateaued and I never lost another pound. On day 7 the sameness of my diet and hunger pangs were getting to me so I decided that with no further weight loss I might as well have beans back in my diet.
At 7 days I had a cardiologist checkup and he added a test to the electrolytes test. I decided on that day to finish on 1/11, after 10 days on the fast.
The last 3 days were fairly uneventful. The electrolyte test showed no problems.
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