Intermittent Fasting–Not just for diets?

by Paleo Rob on 26/10/2010

I am a big proponent of intermittent fasting. I skip breakfast most days,  and train fasted when I can. I try to do a full 24hr fast once every other week, but generally will float around a 14-16hr fast daily. Training fasted I feel better, more energetic, and have put some serious gains on all my lifts. Fasting has seriously changed my life!

Yesterday during a 16hr fast, I was thinking, there is no reason why this approach to fasting could not be applied to other forms of consumption. There is no reason why I couldn’t do a 24hr fast on say, using the internet, or a 24hr fast of absolutely no TV.

I have this nagging habit of getting lost looking at random articles on wikipedia, or scouring forums for sometimes hours on end. I often do this on the weekends, when I should be enjoying the time I have away from the computer (my work requires me to stare at a screen for 8hrs of the day).

So I few fasts I am going to try:

  • No Tv Fast. (1 Week without TV)
  • No Internet Fast. (1 day without the internet on the weekend)
  • Coffee Fast (2 x 24hr Fasts of zero coffee)
  • Video Game Fast (1 Week without Videogames)
  • Health Info Fast (1 Week without looking at any new blogposts/articles/studies on health)

Any others?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

BarbeyGirl October 26, 2010 at 10:28 pm

I’m with you on the internet fast. The bloody thing is addictive because I love to learn…but I feel my attention span deteriorating. Back to books for me! I’m considering taking Sundays and weekday evenings offline.

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Paleo Rob October 27, 2010 at 9:59 am

Tell me about it! I used to read a lot more, but now have this huge stack of books in my to-read pile!

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Jake October 31, 2010 at 3:42 am

Brilliant idea, Rob.
More fasts:
48 hours without carbs
7 days without alcohol

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