Monday, October 24, 2022

Fasting / Workout Balance...

 I want to make a comment about what ended two months of fasting earlier in the year:

All throughout March, I was writing extensively in my journal, attending fasting support groups, and was generally immersed in the science of fasting.  However, I wasn't working out all that regularly, or even at all.

In April, I got interested in "Zone 2" training after a vlog by Peter Attia, and started cycling pretty regularly.  I wasn't conscious of it at the time, but I think ramping up exercise that fast and that strenuosuly was too much alongside the fasting.

It is widely accepted that the diet makes the body composition in terms of weight loss.  Were I to attempt regular fasting again, I think I would focus on very lightweight, mindful movement, but I wouldn't go for heart rate zone training across 45 minute or 60 minute bike workouts.  I would try to cut some of the weight, and then mindfully make a transition to maintenance later -- maintenance being the phase where exercise seems really critical.

Standing here at my makeshift standing desk, with my back screaming and my distended belly in front of me, losing some weight through fasting seems like it should be a high priority.  My thought on that front is go buy some pickles (for the juice), and just go for it.



The other thing that changed dramatically in May when I stopped fasting was that I got some roomates who had a propensity for not all that healthy, but ubiquitous food, food out on counters, a freezer full of ice cream.  I am back in my own space, so...