So Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar is a 25-hour day of repentance, prayer, and fasting.
This last Yom Kippur, someone mentioned to me that some people take the idea of fasting and apply it to dieting during the year by doing a 3-day fasting.
Uh, that sounds pretty severe and maybe even a little dangerous.
But it got me thinking that on Yom Kippur we fast for a day and then eat a meal, so why not do that daily for dieting.
Just subsist on one main meal a day–basically limiting intake of food to a few hours in the evening.
This made sense to me as a moderate way that I could stay focused and disciplined without any food for about 20 hours at a time, but still give myself something to look forward to with a proper, natural dinner–almost like a natural give and take that I believe I could live with (at least for a good while).
I thought let me give this a try!
And I did.
First without drinking or eating.
Then I rethought this after a few days and getting parched, and said just drink zero-calorie drinks, but no food or caloric intake during the day until the meal at the end of the day.
And I’ve been doing this now since Yom Kippur 2 weeks ago.
I have actually lost almost 10 pounds in that time and feel great.
It hasn’t been hard–except for one day when the synagogue had a mega Bar Mitzvah kiddish/luncheon and I sat there and didn’t have a thing!
But otherwise, I go to work and all my activities, including working out–sometimes twice a day–and without any food.
It seems to be working.
While previously, I stayed completely off any carbs, and still gained weight–now, I allow myself to eat everything (kosher) at dinner and am losing!
I wonder if I am on to something with this new “Yom Kippur Diet.”
I pray to Hashem that I’ve discovered something good and healthy here and am committed to seeing it through.
(Source Graphic: Andy Blumenthal)