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Regular fasting and cycling? Any takers on this one?(7 posts)

Regular fasting and cycling? Any takers on this one?funknuggets
Apr 30, 2003 9:50 AM
Man, it is really strange, this guy from Bulgaria has been trying to pump this fasting practice on me for a year (he does once a week, his wife just fasted for 7 days!!!), but now all this media hype in the last few days regarding fasting being good for you is really interesting.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20030429/ap_on_he_me/fasting_4

http://www.msnbc.com/news/906310.asp

I guess for cyclists, aside from the advantages for alzheimers and such... there is evidence that people who fast regularly have greater sensitivity to insulin, I believe this has the biggest impact to us as cyclists.

Does anyone here fast regularly, or is there anyone here that thinks this is a bunch of hogwash? I do not think it is the best of ideas for stimulating muscle growth, but are there any other benefits?

Chris
I fast 8 hours every night, doing fine. ;-)Spunout
Apr 30, 2003 10:04 AM
I'd really go easy on this. We are in the business of burning alot of energy, so fasting wouldn't fit into a training plan.

Maybe off-season, or rest week.

Maybe.
Not yetwilki5
Apr 30, 2003 10:09 AM
I think I'll wait until there is a little more research and evidence. One thing that didn't appear to be addressed was fasting in combination with regular training. Interesting prelim. study but needs a few more.
Define "regular"Matno
Apr 30, 2003 11:44 AM
I wouldn't recommend every other day like those mice! On the other hand, I do fast once a month for 24 hours, and I don't notice any detriment. It's hard to tell if there's a benefit since I usually feel good anyway.

However, recently I fasted for 3 days as part of a medical study (hey - it was the easiest $640 I ever earned). I must say that after that fast, I felt more energetic than I've felt in years. I didn't really lose any weight (I'm skinny anyway), but I "felt" significantly lighter. Running felt like it required much less effort. In fact, I felt so good that I'm thinking of doing something similar again sometime. (I drank lots of water and took a potassium pill each day). The high I experienced lasted almost a week, but I'd be willing to bet that it would have lasted much longer had I not eaten a ton of junk food during that week. (It's hard to eat healthy stuff on a road trip!)
Used to know a runner/physician who fasted regularlycory
Apr 30, 2003 11:58 AM
About 20 years ago, I used to run with a female gynecologist who fasted at least one day a week, and on two or three (non-consecutive) days a week when she wanted to lose weight. Most docs don't have a lot of training in nutrition, and I don't know that she was any exception, but it worked for her--she was lean, fit and ran sub-3 hour marathons without much trouble.
How's the Bulgarian Cycling team doing?dzrider
Apr 30, 2003 12:41 PM
They're called the Anourecsics and their logo is 3 pieces of bulgur wheat on an otherwise empty plate. Once again the intense lobbying of the French food industry has kept them out of the TdF, but their results in the spring classics speak for themselves.

Me, I tried fasting a few times for Yom Kippur. I doubt it put a dent in my sin tally. About 10 years ago my wife and I went 3 days with nothing but GookinAid energy drink and water to make some kind of political statement along with a bunch of clergymen. Highest I ever got in my life including my stint as a soldier in the psychedelic revolution. Jogged all three days but went reeeeeaaaaaally slow. Never did it again.
re: Regular fasting and cycling? Any takers on this one?flying
Apr 30, 2003 3:40 PM
I did fast for 15 days last year. I felt fine & even shoveled 16 tons of 3/4 gravel on one weekend. Although I was not riding high miles I felt fine.
I did the lemonaide or master cleanse Stanley Burroughs
Works well
I had done it years before for 5 days.
I was going to go 7 days this time but just kept going.
In hind sight I doubt I would go as long as 15 days again as it really didn't accomplish anything after the 10 day mark.