My seven day Coffee, Water and Coconut Oil Fast … turned into only four days.
Note: I am a drug and insulin free Type 2 Diabetic.
I ended the fast early because….
1. The main reason was Blood Sugar Lows. As you can see from the picture below … as expected my blood sugar was trending lower each day. My fear on the evening of the fourth day … was waking up with a sub 50 mg/dl blood sugar reading.
What was a unexpected surprise was the lack of stabilization in my blood sugars. I expected an occasional dip into the the 60’s … but fully expected a stabilization in the 70’s.
It could be that, I just did not give my body long enough to adjust…. I definitely expect to ‘re-do’ this fast in the not too distant future.
Other reason…. I stopped my fast?
Poor planning – when I excitedly decided to attempt this fast, I did not realize that the 6th and 7th days would fall on a Holiday Weekend!!! lol
IF you think eating meats and veggies is tough at holiday gatherings while others eat pasta, breads, cookies and cakes…. imagine ME sitting sitting there with my coconut oil & coffee while the carb carnage commences. LOL!
EVEN this would not be enough by itself… but coupled with the low Blood Sugar … it wasn’t worth it for me.
1) Blood Sugar Affect … this lesson is OBVIOUS … a ‘saturated fat only fast’ … will definitely lower your blood sugar…. or at least it did mine.
** IF my blood sugar was routinely above 100 mg/dl …
a) I would go Very Low Carb sub 20g per day. If Blood sugar remained high …
b) I would go Zero Carbs from plants. Only eat meats, eggs and cheese. If blood sugar remained high.
c) I would eat only saturated fats such as Coconut Oil and Ghee.
2) Strength and Stamina Affect - as my blood sugar went sub 70 mg/dl and especially sub 60 mg/dl … I lost all desire to exercise and I definitely felt tired and lethargic.
But this was to be expected … the real test was to see the affects after a week of fasting. Could I equal my personal highs in certain fitness exercises. In other words, did I lose strength and endurance?
This question can’t be answered now, it will take a couple of days for me to determine… but I doubt that much loss occurred since I only completed four days of the fast.
3) Wanna lose fat??? Eat Saturated Fat. In four days… I lost over 4 lbs … and it ‘left’ at a rate of a lb a day.
THANKS TO ALL for the support during the fast… it is and was greatly appreciated. :)
I am disappointed in the low blood sugars and that I ended the fast early … no matter how trivial … ‘quitting’ is not something I enjoy.
However, all is not lost, I did learn from the experience AND I finally experienced a blood sugar ‘LOW’. Until this experiment… I had never felt a low blood sugar level. Now I can at least know what people mean when they talk about it. Granted… many of my diabetic friends have far exceeded a “53mg/dl” and have experienced much worse side affects. :(
My Diabetes Meal Plan ( a true diabetes diet, not like most of those promoted by American Diabetes Association)