I lost almost 3 pounds from my 48 hour fast. I found it easier than eating small amounts and stimulating my taste buds. I am losing weight and tie it in with circuit classes on the morning of my fast. This topic contains 53 replies, has 30 voices, and was last updated by  michelemm1 2 years, 9 months ago. My impression is that I am not gouging myself on non-fast days, although I am not counting calories, I think you must be right in part that I can’t be eating so much more so some of this is probably fluid. When I was fasting longer I didn’t have trouble with either of them. If I wasn’t building some muscle, my weight would probably be a good bit lower. So after my initial foray into 5:2 my weight has gone up and down ever since and my BMI ranges from 26 to 30. If you eat 2000 calories you will neither gain nor lose weight. I watched some YouTube videos from Jason Fung; one called the Calorie Deception and the other called Theraputic Fasting. I’m gonna show you so if you guys are interested in content like this such as diet nutrition fitness Articles. Ie no food for my 36 hour fast, twice a week. 36 hour fasts are great expecially when you keep your body in that fat burning state when you break the fast by eating foods with just protien and fats e.g eggs and meat etc and also cos of the high insulin sensitivity during the early hours. That is why you have to eat so many calories – to regain the 3 pounds of fat you lost the day before. I was only borderline pre-diabetic so the doctors weren’t in a rush to remeasure me, and I wanted to get further into the diet before testing myself again. It is now Friday afternoon and my weight is 56.1 kg which is down even further than what I had wished for. My simple (and probably wrong) model of what is going on is that on fast days my fat cells are releasing Free Fatty Acids into my body for energy (which can only happen when insulin levels are low) and on non-fast days my fat cells are sucking back most of that fat/sugar. I thought I was “fat but fit”!! When I started in January I was 90.8kg, BMI 34.8, cholesterol 7.2 and tryglicerieds 3.2. I now do one day 36 hours per week. Dr. Krista Varady discovered through studies that the best way to lose the weight was to eat about 500/600 calories a day on the fast day. I am now at my weight target, so I am only fasting for 36 hours once a week. Roryoc we all have friends who think fasting is wrong. If you eliminate sugar and processed grain based foods (bread, pasta, pizza, biscuits, breakfast cereals etc) your well on your way. This is where voluntary hardship comes in. Many believe they apply, but just not to them, because of their metabolisms, the foods they eat, etc. That is the definition of TDEE. When I hit my goal weight, I’ll cut back to two 24-hour fasts and possibly increase the calories in my lunch that begins the fast. But what better way to reset your diet and get a head start with your weight loss than doing an extended fast? In the research on alternate-day fasting, they found very little muscle lost. A 48-hour fast is one of the longest fasting durations, with shorter fasting periods being more common. You then say you regain 3 pounds of fat the next day. I fast 2 out of 7 days, so I am regaining most of it in the remaining 5. I usually go to bed at around 9, it’s easier that way:)) ( I am doing an almost 36 hours fast, that is from end of dinner on , lets say, Monday till breakfast time on Wednesday ).But beware: do drink a lot of water and tea cause we are not taking water from food either on our total fast days so we need more. And it’s free! I lost almost 3 pounds from my 48 hour fast. Hi, GreigC and vicki. Store energy and retrieve energy! So the weight loss certainly contributed to the chol and trygliceride losses (I found that on eating days I now eat less and am not hungry), but still have wine and A piece of Lindt every (non-fast) day. People starting a keto diet typically fast for forty-eight hours to get into ketosis – though studies so far show it can take 20-48 hours for different bodies to make the shift. I would guess you are watching water weight fluctuations. Highly satisfied with this approach to date. Keep checking your BONs website. It is sort of a fact that there are around 3500 calories in a pound, so a person would have to take in over 10000 calories of food (over and above TDEE calories) to replace the used/excreted energy from the prior day’s three pound release. The most challenging aspect of a 3 day fast is actually breaking the fast at the end (more on that later). I do my own take on IF, with limited success – I think that is because I have an excessive appetite. It is so much easier to leave out the 550 calls of food. Wednesday gone, I started fasting again; this time 36hrs with water or coffee only. Michael and Mimi’s scheme of offering 500/600 calories on ‘fast’ days is a compromise to aid acceptability and therefore sustainability. I used to do 60 hour fasts (2 days). It was easy (hopefully not beginners luck!). Soon, I found myself going 24-hours, sometimes by accident. 12 weeks later 80.7kg, BMI 30.1, chol 5.9, tryglicerides 0.8 The initial 1 Kg per week was due to the difference between weight loss and gained. I am interested in how your blood sugars are doing. You say you are losing 3 pounds of fat in one day, so 3 pounds of fat must have left your body, not just transferred from your fat to your blood. It lowers blood cholesterol, particularly your small LDL particles. Hi Penguin, have you had any issues with muscle loss, or worries about potential vitamin / nutrition deficiency with those long fasts? If I started counting the 500 cals I would feel so miserable realising how little I am actually supposed to eat! Nicely formulated. I’m an all or nothing person. Fasting for 72 hours can seem more daunting than it is. The danger of fructose is still being hidden here, especially when (as Robert Lustig points out) the EU’s Food Standards Agency’s thinking only reaches Homer Simpson levels. On fast days I have consistently lost 1.0-1.5 Kgs of weight each time. Then wake up Tuesday and go to the gym after having fasted 32 hours (8 + 16 + 8). But hey, that’s okay. If instead you fast for a complete day, the effect is as you describe, where you eat Sunday night and again Tuesday morning, for example. To me the really wonderful thing about this LIFESTYLE (not diet) is the lack of guilt, I have dieted for at least the last 40 years of my life and achieved absolutely nothing! Monday for example, I'll wake up after an 8 hour fast (obviously, sleeping) Fast for all 16 waking hours in the day. If you can point to something that says that the purpose of eating on a fast day is to ‘keep up the metabolism’ or prevent loss of muscle I would be interested in reading it. So 48 hours and 72 hours, once a week fitting well into my schedule, but 5:2 not so much. My scales are not very high tech, but as far as I can tell most of the weight loss per fast is fat. So it is hard for someone that is eating food seven days a week to lose a lot of fat weight fast. I decided to read The Every Other Day Diet book — the diet that Dr. Mosley tried and decided was too hard. She stayed on the diet and was also losing fat weight at a ‘normal’ pace. Fasting for 72 hours offers greater health benefits, such as ketosis, for example. On fructose, I came across a fascinating comment item on a UK newspaper website by Robert Lustig last week, under the headline “Fructose: the poison index.” about the EU failing to understand scientific realities. R, GreigC, I just happened upon an item by Michael, headed “Different ways of managing your fasting days” Now, if I occasionally lapse, the next day I have a fast and repair it. I eat big meals, and tend to snack, but I am astonished how easy it is to achieve days where it’s nothing but water till lunchtime, or till evening, or even till the next day. It worked well but I wanted at least one total body cleaning autopaghy which I’m convinced the BCAA interrupts. With this article, you will learn how you can make it to 48 hours without breaking your fast, and learn about the benefits of fasting. 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