Fasting. The new remedy for soul and body

How to lose 3 kg in 3 days.

Intermittent fasting

It caught my attention. I started to dig. Intermittent fasting is not a diet, you are not restricting yourself to the types of food that you can consume. It is simply a time restriction protocol, when you have only a certain window of time when you can eat. The most popular versions are soft 14/10, more popular 16/8, and an advanced version of 20/4, with the number after the slash being a number of hours when you allow yourself to eat. I encourage you to do your research and discover many benefits of intermittent fasting.

Weight loss.

This is the obvious one, and in fact, this reason alone can motivate many to try. Losing weight is not quantum physics, the math is simple — you need to burn more energy than you consume, and that’s it. Fasting might be considered a bit of a radical method, but it is also the most efficient one. When you have to move, work, exercise, be productive, and your brain has to eat, in the light of the absence of incoming resources your body doesn’t have any other choice but to use its own. That is as much of a ‘weight loser’ as you can get. Sorry, there is no fancy easy-way recipe how to get slim and sexy. Do you want to know how to lose 3 kg in 3 days? You just don’t eat.

Your body rests.

Digestion itself is a very energy-consuming process which keeps your body busy. When you fast, your digestive system shuts down, and your body gets its valuable time to rest. Like it says: “Good then, now I have more free time to take care of other needs. Maybe I should do some


With the massive and constant intake of the junk food, processed food, or most importantly, pills, your body just can’t remove all of the toxic substances right after. Instead, all of the toxins that can’t be removed immediately get conserved in the fat. When you fast your body starts to clean itself. It burns fat, releases toxins, and the toxins leave your body with urine. Make sure you drink a lot of water, this is important.


When your body is not busy with digesting, it starts to fix itself. Weak and damaged cells e.g. your immunity guardians — white cells die, and your body kickstarts the generation of new healthy cells from stem cells. You are literally anti-aging. Fasting boosts your immune system, and flips on the rejuvenation switch.


Ketosis is a metabolic process of burning fat instead of carbohydrates. By fasting, you are teaching your body to do ketosis extremely well. In the absence of carbs, your liver starts to produce ketone bodies, which is, in fact, a much better fuel for your brain, and this is why on the second day something amazing happens with your


You may think that without incoming energy your brain will become slow and sleepy in order to conserve the energy. What happens is quite the opposite. Your brain becomes a power machine. Fueled by ketones, your thinking becomes extremely clear and your focus becomes laser-sharp. Your brain basically tells you: “Oh oh. What happened? I didn’t see food lately. That’s not good. Hunting mode on!”. And to your great benefit this energy and focus that are being released can be channeled towards your work, or study, or whatever the productivity task you choose. Pretty handy, right?

Mindfulness of your body.

A lot of your attention goes within. You become more sensitive to what is going on with your body, not to mention extremely high awareness caused by noises and sensations in your stomach. Ancients called digestive system “the second brain”, as the amount of nerves and the complexity of its regulatory nervous system is so extraordinary, it almost has its own intelligence. That is what people call “a gut feeling”. The awareness of your digestive system contributes to the total awareness. It teaches you to listen to your body.


Last reason, but the one that was the major driving force for me was the work on my willpower. I wanted to do it to become stronger. I was asking myself if I could do this. To be is to do. A person who claims to master himself gotta do what he is gotta do. There are no shortcuts to great discipline.

So we fasted.

I started on Friday 9 pm and broke the fast on Monday at 10 am.

Fasting saves you time.

We spend a lot of time for feeding ourselves. Go to get grocery, bring food home, cook food, wash dishes, throw out the garbage, go to a cafe, stay in the line, go to a restaurant, wait for the waiter, wait for your order, finally eat, go to the toilet. Jeez…

Eating 3 times a day is a cultural model, not a necessity.

Most of us are raised eating 3 meals a day, and we think of it as of natural way to eat. It is not. Breakfast appeared because kids had to focus in school without being distracted by uttering of an empty stomach, and factory workers needed to have a good start of the day. Same workers needed a long break in the middle of the day to stay efficient and work longer shifts stretching it down to the evening. Animals don’t have an eating schedule, they eat when they are hungry, and as animals that is what we have to do in order to stay healthy.

Fasting makes you rethink food.

You start to reevaluate your ideas about the food you eat. Fasting resets your tastes. You don’t want to eat junk food anymore, you start to feel a natural gravitation towards what’s healthy.

Fasting teaches you moderation.

This experience becomes a prism through which you start to look on your every meal. You stop when it is enough, not when you become lazy, sleepy and stupid from it.

Fasting teaches you gratitude.

After you took a short glimpse into what a starvation might feel like, you start to be more grateful for what’s on your plate. You start to remember that there are millions of people who went to sleep hungry today. You understand that having a fridge full of food is a privilege. You start to like simple food. Gratitude is life-changing, it teaches you to develop a focus on positive things in your life and makes you stress-resistant.

Fasting makes you stronger.

As I am immersing myself in the knowledge of stoicism more and more, the benefits of deliberate discomfort are apparent to me.



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