intermittent fasting    

Encouragement for fasters

I consider myself a fasting success story and would like to serve as inspiration for those considering fasting or just starting out. Keep in mind that my experience wont be exactly like yours since each person is very different, but I hope I can provide hope and encouragement none-the-less.

I was a fat kid my whole life. My entire family is fat and unfortunately I learned some bad habits from them. My parents would buy junk food and pretty much force me to get seconds at dinner, etc. I'm not going to blame it on "genetics". If you fast, you will lose weight; if you over-eat, you will be fat. That's all there is to it. If there are people out there that are "naturally skinny", that ends shortly after High School. Those thin people you see either work out constantly or eat like birds. Once you give up the delusion that your always going to be fat due to factors that you can't control, you will start to lose weight.

At 13 I started dieting and exercising. I probably tried every diet in the book and became obsessed with it. I lost some weight, but I was still fat. I was 5'2" and weighed 165. I am also small boned. When you are that short, 165 lbs looks absolutely horrible, but it was the best I could achieve using the popular fad diets. I was still made fun of and rejected due to my weight and was quite depressed.

The summer before my senior year of High School I was determined to lose a ton of weight and be skinny for the prom. I was working a strenuous full time job but was able to do a water fast. Yes, the weight comes right off. I went from 165 to 105 over the course of a month. No one recognized me when I went back to school. I was amazingly transformed from school reject to popular girl. Random strangers would just approach me and want to be my friend. It was the best year of my life.

I am 29 now and still thin. People who don't know me from when I was a kid (I've moved a few times since then) assume that I'm just one of those "naturally skinny" girls who's "sooooo lucky to be able to eat whatever she wants". That's a complete and total myth. All my skinny friends do the same things I do. The Victoria's Secrets models have admitted to doing two week juice fasts in preparation for their photo shoots and fashion shows. You better believe the celebrities do it too.

So here's my experiences with fasting:
The first day of the water fast, you will drop 2 or 4 pounds on the scale. Obviously this is just water weight because it's impossible to use up four pounds of fat in one day, but your stomach will look flatter and your pants will fit better all the same. This is an encouraging feeling even though you know logically that it's just water weight. For me, the hardest day is the first. Between 3pm and 6pm, it becomes almost unbearable with hunger. If you can just fight through it, the next day I feel fine.

I experience very little hunger after that and feel like I could go on forever. I believe that the whole hunger thing is psychological. If you feel hungry, remind yourself that it's a good feeling because it means that your body is going to be eating up the stored fat. Remind yourself that there is plenty of "food" on your waist and thighs. Imagine yourself in a bikini in Jamaica and how cute your body is going to look. Nothing tastes better than the feeling of looking hot in a bikini.

As the fast progresses, you're going to realize just how much of what ails us is caused by eating bad foods. Gas pains, bloating, and the heavy feeling in your stomach is the first to disappear. Then you'll notice other changes like having your acne clear up, having better posture, and a more positive outlook. Ordinarily I will have crippling period cramps that prevent me from doing anything. But strangely if I fast during my period, I will not experience menstrual cramps and my bleeding will be lighter. That alone makes it worth it.

As I mentioned earlier, the weight will just come right off. There is nothing else on Earth that will cause weight-lose this quickly or effectively. I am living proof that "starvation mode" and "you'll gain it all back immediately" is absolute crap. If you're like me, you'll lose a pound or two a day. The more overweight you are, the more quickly you'll lose it. I've noticed that men seem to lose the weight quicker than women. It gets exciting once people start to notice the weight-lose and you get comments like "Holy crap! Look how much weight you've lost!" Be ready to have to buy new clothes all the time. If you're clothes are really tight currently, you'll get to experience the pleasure of having clothes than fit comfortably and then become too loose. This is a great feeling! One of the first things I noticed was that my pants were falling down on me. Then I noticed my bra straps were always sliding down as well. I went from a size 38C to a size 32B. So that's 6inches in just back fat that I lost. My boobs shrunk a little, but it was mostly back fat. It will be an expensive month of buying new clothes, but I loved the experience of buying all those new clothes as well.

As far as detox symptoms go... The first 2 or 3 days I notice that I will poop a lot, which is strange considering you're not eating anything. I find I also have to cough and blow my nose more than usual. Over all, my detox symptoms aren't that bad. I wonder how much of the nausea and dizziness that other people report is just psychological. One thing you will definitely notice is that you have to pee a lot. This can be kind of embarrassing if you're at work all day, but again, it'll be worth it once your coworkers start commenting on how much weight you have lost.

I have no advise on how to break a fast. Just do what feels right for you. I have noticed that once it is over, I lose the desire for unhealthy foods. In fact, I will feel repulsed by the thought of eating them. I'll also feel urges to exercise. This lasts for about two years, and then it's time to fast again. Recognize that you will have to count calories for the rest of your life in order to stay skinny. ALL skinny people have to do this! Weight yourself daily and if you notice that the pounds are creeping up again, do another fast. How long do I fast? Until the scale says I am at my target weight.

WARNINGS: You might want to not tell other people about your fast. The only person I tell is my husband because he is very supportive of anything I want to do and also enjoys having a skinny wife. Other fat people in particular will do whatever they can to discourage and sabotage your weight lose. I don't know exactly why this is, but I have a feeling it is because it makes them feel bad that someone else is losing weight and they can't hang on to that comfortable belief about "fat genes". Your whole outlook is going to change and you'll experience great self esteem at both your new body and your amazing will control. Resist the urge to be judgmental towards fat people. Remember that they are hurting just like you used to and need your compassion. Resist the urge to feel better than other people and rub it in their faces that you are a size 2. One final warning: Losing weight feels AMAZING and can be quite addictive. I think this is how eating disorders develop. Just stick to your target goal. It's always going to feel like their are skinnier girls out there but just chill. There's no reason why you need to be smaller than a size 2 and you never want to strive to be underweight.

I just want to say "good luck!" to everyone and remember your goals. It really is worth it and will change your life in ways you never expected. Your only regrets will be that you didn't try it sooner.

Comments for Encouragement for fasters

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Apr 12, 2016
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
TS Junior Inter Results 2016 NEW
by: Anonymous


http://resultworld.co.in/ts-inter-1st-year-results-2016/

http://resultworld.co.in/

Oct 29, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Encouragement NEW
by: Anonymous


We are a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community. Your site provided us with valuable info to work on. You've done an impressive job and our entire community will be grateful to you.

Adler

Oct 16, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Encouragement NEW
by: Anonymous


Unquestionably believe that which you stated. Your favorite justification seemed to be on the web the easiest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I certainly get irked while people think about worries that they plainly do not know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people could take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

Alex

Sep 26, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Water fast 21 days NEW
by: Anonymous

Im starting my water fast today :) will I still lose weight if I sleep lots? Take naps? Or should I exercise loads? X

Jul 16, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Awesome NEW
by: christina

This is truly a great blog thanks for sharing. Excellent and decent post. I found this much informative, as to what I was exactly searching for. Thanks for such post and please keep it up.
cheap essay writing service

Jul 01, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Education NEW
by: Anonymous

An educated person faces the realities of life with whole heartily. He or she knows that a time will come, when all the problems will vanish and good time will come soon. This is the attitude that is required to write my essay for me an educated and mature person has.

Jun 18, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Interesting topic shown here NEW
by: Anonymous

Interesting topic shown here, i am now working on it regularly here and would say keep the future posts like this continuously.
Radio station consultants
ipad dealers in Mumbai

Jul 08, 2014
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Then, there's dinner. NEW
by: Anonymous

Thank you for your testimony. I printed a copy of it and it is wrinkled from pulling it out and reading it so much. :) I don't know if I will ever get over the mental cravings when I fast. Once I fasted for 9 days and the cravings were sometimes blinding. Once during my last fast, my wonderful Mom (who did not know I was fasting) brought home a Jack Daniels Steak dinner for me from a fancy restaurant and I thought I was going to weep..lol. I think the hard part is turning down nice meals from loved ones, but you have to do what you have to do.

Jan 14, 2014
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
2nd day fasting NEW
by: Jordan Jay

I'm down 3.6 pounds since yesterday. This is my second day on water only. I had to use dove soap because I'm afraid of what I might smell like when my toxins are released lol. I didn't use any lotions or deodorant because I want the entire benefit fasting can bring. I brushed my skin and teeth with water only. I have a slight headache and I can smell cigarettes on all of my clothes. I haven't smoked a cigarette since yesterday. Anyways I'm rambling. on this second day of fasting, I was able to workout on wii fit for 45 minutes. I burned 260 calories. I dont' feel tired or sleepy. No major cravings for food either. Maybe its because I'm use to fasting throughout the day and I pig out in the evening. I am currently 191 in size 14. My height is 160cm.

Jan 13, 2014
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
First Day of My 40 day water fast. NEW
by: Jordan Jay

I've been saying I would fast for weeks now. I'd start and by the middle of the day, I'm chowing down on a burger or something. I've done a 40 day master cleanse diet and the results where amazing. Surprisingly, I can't stand the taste of lemonade lol. I weighed 215 pounds when I started the lemonade diet. I lost a total of 60 pounds and kept it off for a year. I'm now weighing in at 194 and I'm ready to get this extra burden off my back. My goal is to continue to eat a plant based diet 70 percent of the time. I'm 30 years old and My wii age is 40 lol. I want to feel young again. I want to lose the depression I experience on and off. So here I go.
Day 1- I didn't prepare myself for the fast. I ate cheetos, mcdonalds, turkey, cheese, beer, and candy on my road trip yesterday. Its bedtime and I feel great so far. No major symptoms.

Jun 25, 2013
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Tips NEW
by: Cecilia

Hi! I am very impressed by your story, since I am 18 and find myself in the same situation. I really want to try fasting, but I always think that all my overweight just can't go away. How did you manage to overcome the first 3 days?
If you have time could you contact on my email?
ce.soldini@gmail.com
Thank you very much!

Jun 25, 2013
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Tips NEW
by: Cecilia

Hi! I am very impressed by your story, since I am 18 and find myself in the same situation. I really want to try fasting, but I always think that all my overweight just can't go away. How did you manage to overcome the first 3 days?
If you have time could you contact on my email?
ce.soldini@gmail.com
Thank you very much!

Jun 25, 2013
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Tips NEW
by: Cecilia

Hi! I am very impressed by your story, since I am 18 and find myself in the same situation. I really want to try fasting, but I always think that all my overweight just can't go away. How did you manage to overcome the first 3 days?
If you have time could you contact on my email?
ce.soldini@gmail.com
Thank you very much!

May 23, 2013
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
I just love your story NEW
by: Amanda

Hi,

I just love your story. I m 28 and am 10kgs overweight. Your story was just amazing and so encouraging. Please mail me when you get some time.

amanda_rdz2@yahoo.co.in

Nov 04, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
juice fast advice NEW
by: Ninee

Hello.. Pls i wanna ask about what excecises U̶̲̥̅̊ did during your fast.. And pls how many days you fasted for that made U̶̲̥̅̊ lose almost 60 pounds?? Thnx..

Nov 03, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Music to My Ears! NEW
by: Ruti

I was so impressed by your story! All my life I have been told (and have read everywhere) that fasting is the absolutely wrong thing to do because it lowers your metabolism and you will just gain all the weight and more back when you stop it. However, it is the ONLY thing that has ever really worked for me too. You don't have to gain the weight back if you eat sensibly and healthily. Also, you can always fast one to two days a week if really necessary. Thank you for confirming to me that I have been right all along!

Sep 24, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstar
juice fast NEW
by: Annie

wooow.. really impressive. please i need motivation to continue my juice fast. i need advice from someone like you that has gone through the process. please email me at ninee@live.co.uk. will be expectant. thanks and God bless

Sep 17, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Inspiring testimony NEW
by: Honeybee

Hi,
That is really an encouraging stories. I have started to re-fasting since last week's Monday but I keep lost my track. I am trying again today. thank you for being my inspiration. Anyway, how could I contact you? My email is healthybeautifulblog {at} gmail{dot} com.

-HOneybee

Aug 19, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
thankyou NEW
by: Anonymous

thats amazing, thank you for writing this, its so motivational and makes me really happy, but everyone still keeps telling me water fasting will not give you inch loss results and your body will still be the same which is disheartening :( your weight loss is amazing well done x

Jul 12, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
awesome honesty NEW
by: DanaJanine

I really appreciate your honesty about fasting to be skinny. What I mean is...it is very promoted these days for people to accept and love themselves if they are overweight as long as they're 'healthy'. Kudos to you for just coming out with it and saying it feels great to be skinny. People may accuse you for fasting for superficial or the wrong reasons. I agree with you! To be even 10lbs overweight feels uncomfortable and fat stores toxins. I also fast for beauty and to look hot in a bikini! Thank you!

Jul 10, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Very Interesting NEW
by: Anonymous

I have been doing intermittent fasting for a long time. It's what keeps me skinny. I loved your little essay. May I copy it and give to my friends? This is the most encouragement I've ever gotten for what I enjoy doing. You should write a book! Take care.

Jul 09, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Awesome NEW
by: Anonymous

This is awesome and I am encouraged. I always start and can go 3 days at times no food or water but go ba k to bad eating habits.

You are right about the body and how the fat comes off. Yes my obese family will tell me you need to eat and how not eating is unhealthy. This is just confirmation for me that I have been on the right track. Thank you

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to

Fasting Testimonies

.