I've never heard of research about alternate day fasting. Where did you find it?
I've never ever gone that long without food unless I had the flu, not sure I could do it.
I have heard that extreme calorie reduction extends life (rat studies and studies of children born during famine) but don't think I could do that either.
If alternate fasting works for you then good going. Just don't go too far into anorexia or bulimia.
It could be easy to fear food when it causes D and accidents.
I love food and wait for the day that more types can come back into my daily intake.
A few of the studies are linked from the Wikipedia page of Intermittent Fasting
. There are dozens of others. The basic finding is that Intermittent Fasting has all the same benefits as extreme caloric restriction, but without any of the side effects (no decrease in muscle tissue, no weight loss, no sluggishness, etc).
IF has nothing to do with anorexia or bulimia. It is not a weight loss method (it would be a HORRIBLE way to lose weight since it lowers your metabolism - as I mentioned, many people gain some weight from it). As a result of IF, I've been able to introduce all foods into my diet. For example, last night I had half of an 18" pepperoni pizza, 2 beers,
cookies, chips, etc. Today I've gone to the bathroom once. A couple years ago I would have never even tried such a thing, as I would have had D a dozen times in the interim.
I love food as well, which is why this has been a god send for me. I no longer have to fear it, I just need to skip 7 out 21 meals per week, the other 14 I eat whatever I want. To me, it's worth it. As an added bonus, my blood work has showed huge improvements as well - lower cholesterol, lower blood sugar, decreased blood pressure, high RBC/Hematocrit/iron, etc.
For all I know, my form of UC might be entirely different from others ... I've tried every drug available and it never did a thing. Even 60mg of prednisone did nothing. Why spend $5000/year covering my deductible if it does nothing? That was my perspective at least.
As a side note - years ago I did try longer fasting (up to 4 days water only), juice or protein drink fasts (up to 1 week), and caloric restriction (up to 14 days). While my digestive symptoms decreased during the fast, I felt HORRIBLE. That's why I was so intrigued when I met up with a couple old friends with UC who told me they had become asymptomatic for years by intermittent fasting. While they skipped every other calendar day (so 2 nights without food - 30 hours of fasting and 18 hours of eating), it worked fine for me by following the far easier 'no eating from after dinner to dinner the next day' approach. The first couple days I had some blood sugar problems, but after that I've felt better 24x7 than when I eat every day.
Post Edited (LuckyLindy) : 11/6/2010 2:24:29 PM (GMT-6)