Overlooked Preps: Fasting


Overlooked Preps: Fasting

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I recently rediscovered the health benefits of regular fasting with the 5:2 diet. This is technically a fad diet, but the practice of regular fasting is as old as humanity, and there’s plenty of recent research that points toward health benefits of periodic calorie restriction.

But weight loss and health benefits aside, I’ve come to think of fasting as an important prep. In a grid-down situation, you’ll probably end up going without food for long stretches. And you’ll need to able to function, possibly under highly stressful and life-threatening circumstances, despite the lack of food.

If you can’t skip one or two days a week of eating and deal with your ordinary life–work, school, family, etc.–how are you going to deal with a highly stressful SHTF scenario in which you’ll be spending a lot of time trying to deal with life-or-death crises on an empty stomach?

It’s not that I’m some kind of hero. It’s hard for me to do my day job on a fast day. But when I want to give in and eat so that I can really focus on my work, I stop and think about how bad off I would be if I had to make a life-or-death decision for myself and my loved ones in this state. This thought gives me the boost I need to see the fast through until bedtime, so that I can harden up and grow accustomed to functioning at 100% despite a lack of food.

I’m not necessarily recommending the 5:2 diet, but you should do something if your health permits, even if it’s just missing a few meals a month. Don’t let a SHTF event be the first time you’re forced to cope with a lack of food.

Note: Check with your doctor before starting on any kind of fasting program. We’re not medical experts and this is not medical advice.

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billj is currently a writer for AllOutdoor who has chosen not to write a short bio at this time.

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