As a ferociously greedy woman who has fasted from time to time over the years, I promise you will not wither away into nothingness if you abstain from gnawing on delectable foodstuffs for a period of 8, 12, or even 24 hours.
Will you be hungry? Sure.
Will you crawl into a ball and curse the day you decided to fast? I plead the 5th on whether I’ve done that.
If you see your fast through to the end, will you experience a breakthrough in how you think about food and gain victory of its control over you. Yes indeed. I’m willing to bet my last slice of pie on it. That’s high stakes right there, but I’m counting on you.
People fast for various reasons: spiritual (I do this), medically necessary, to get skinny quick (terrible idea). There’s even a fitness technique called Intermittent Fasting which has credence. But the type of fast I’m referring to right now is none of those.
The Breakthrough Fast
While a tiny bit of weight loss may be a side effect directly related to your day of fasting, The Breakthrough Fast is a tool with greater purpose. I came up with this fast as a means of gaining control over cravings, mindless munching and other unhealthy eating habits. You will become the Master of Your Stomach instead of your stomach mastering you. This is exactly what I achieved when I did a 7 Day No Sugar Fast.
Just like a bowl of cornflakes without the milk, if you workout in Beastmode, achieving the sweat of 10,000 armpits, but then proceed to not eat right on most days, that makes no darn sense.
But you can finally get it right.
The Breakthrough Fast will help you develop self control. You will come to understand that several hours without food is not the death of you. You find that coffee can’t control you (it’s okay to love it, but it shouldn’t rule over you), the sweet tooth can be put in check, and excessive carbs can finally get a swift kick in butt cheeks.
Variations of the Fast
- Water only.
- Water and tea only.
- Water, fruit and veggies only.
- Water only for 6-8 hours.
- Water only, no food until dinner.
- Abstain from certain foods: sugary crap, carbs, deep fried moose skins, etc.
These are just a few examples. You call the shots. Make it what you need it to be based on the kind of breakthrough you desire. There is no wrong way. The only requirement is to complete the fast from beginning to end based on your own pre-set terms. Each variation restricts calories, but not long enough where temptation kicks in to rob a convenience store, demanding Ju-Ju Beans and a large Kool-Aid.
Tips for Fasting Success
- All of the above fasting variations include water, so drink up. Your breath is likely to get funky on fasting day if you don’t wet your palate with hydration. Don’t ask me how I know.
- Plan ahead. Clear your kitchen of any tempting foods. The appointed day shouldn’t coincide with special occasions, work luncheons or restaurant dates. That would be counterproductive. As you get closer to your appointed fasting day, keep in the forefront of your mind that “the day is approaching and I will complete my fast successfully”.
- Keep yourself occupied. The busier you are on fasting day, the less time you’ll have to think about food.
- Stay focused on finishing. Fasting isn’t easy. It can play tricks on your mind and try to break you down. Yet one of the points of the fast is to develop discipline. Discipline comes at a price.
- Whining is not encouraged. And no whimpering allowed. We’re all grown-ish folks here. Partial whimpering, however, may be unavoidable.
- If you slip up, don’t be hard on yourself. Pick up where you left off. Be a finisher.
- If you have any medical conditions, please check with your doctor before fasting.
Taking charge leads to weight. Empowering yourself and showing your body who’s boss will lead to weight loss. Breakthrough leads to weight loss. This fast can help you do all of those things. Although it’s a mostly uncomfortable process, fasting produces some wildly wonderful cohorts to weight loss called discipline, patience, and self-control.
You can break the cycle of excessive noshing. You are a champion, my friend.