Came across your blog from Zen Habits and I have been doign the fast 2x/ week for 3 weeks now. Will it have the same affect if I am able to fast for 20-22 hours instead of full 24 hrs? Also, can we drink tea? Thanks!
24 hours was chosen mostly for its simplicity (it’s really easy to know when to stop your fast).
Most likely you will get almost the exact same results fasting for 22 as you would for 24. However, make sure you keep your fasts goal oriented (aim to hit 24) and if you can’t hit 24 hours make sure you know exactly why.
And, ‘I got hungry’ doesnt cut it.
You need to know what cues made you want to eat, and this is very important as these cues are so powerful that they were able to make you break your fast with only 2 hours left.
Indentifying these cues would most likely have profound effects on improving your eating on the days you are not fasting.
PS – Yes, tea is excellent during your fasts.