So, I’m into the second day of my religiously motivated water fast, given that my religion is “being curious about how things work.”
You can view our religious symbol above.
Supposedly, the way a water fast works is that, for the first 24 hours, your body eats muscle and the excess sugars stored in your liver. By the second day, it moves on to eating fatty tissue in a process called protein sparing. Accordingly, I think the first thing people ask the minute I mention that I am only drinking water is “how much weight have you lost!?” or “are you losing so much weight?”
Also, New York is a weird town.
No, I haven’t. However my belly does look bloated, like a tiny African orphan’s. Do you know why bellies bloat from starvation? It’s symptomatic of protein malnutrition. I’m fairy sure that is not why my stomach began sticking out (just as fasting for two days is not comparable to an ongoing disease like anorexia, it’s not comparable to the plight of someone who is legitimately starving) but I’m sure that was a fun learning experience for all of us.
I’M GOING TO REITERATE THAT I THINK THIS IS AN INTERESTING THING TO TRY, BUT NOT A GREAT WEIGHT LOSS TECHNIQUE. THERE ARE BETTER WAYS TO LOSE WEIGHT.
However, my skin looks awesome. And not just awesome – awesome for the first time since I was about 12.