I did X for Y days and this happened

Motivation Nutrition

Have you ever done a health or fitness experiment for a period of time?

Making a drastic life change for a short period of time is a great way to instill new lifelong habits. Going 100% for a mere 30 days can make going 50% for the next year quite manageable.

Below are some interesting experiences people have had with life changes for a short amount of time. See what they learned and maybe you’ll be inspired to try something new!

12 Lessons Learned from 1 Year of Intermittent Fasting | James Clear | “I’m most productive during the first 3 hours of my morning, which is about 12 to 15 hours into my daily fast. This is the exact opposite of what I expected when I started out. I assumed that if I didn’t eat for hours, then I wouldn’t have any energy to think. The reality is just the opposite.”

I Ate Low Carb for a Summer | Kyle Kranz | “With the low carb diet, I was hoping to notice something with my training and wellbeing, but I honestly did not. Nothing positive or negative.”

I Tried Whole30 and Here’s How it Went | Gina Eykemans | “I’m not going to say I didn’t have some pretty difficult moments. For example, don’t purchase an ice cream maker the day you start your Whole30 and let it sit in your entryway for 30 days to taunt you.”

Some Dude Ate Like The Rock for a Month | Walt Hickey | “Being The Rock is exhausting, expensive and exactly as rad as you would think.”

This is What I Learned Going Vegan for a Month | Javier Moreno | “Week three: The week when being vegan wasn’t just easy, but it actually made me feel better.”

I Drank a Gallon of Water a Day for 30 Days: Here’s What Happened | Wil Fulton | “I’m still peeing so much. And it’s always crystal clear like Zima. My girlfriend says my skin looks clearer and I definitely feel like I have more overall energy. It’s a weird thing to say… but I think I just feel better.”

Soylent: What Happened When I Went 30 Days Without Food | Josh Helton | “Day 1 – My Farts Are Awful”

12 Lessons From Waking at 4:30am Every Day for 21 Days | Filipe Castro Matos | “To my surprise, the majority of the people that asked me the time I sleep, sleep less than me. And me? In fact, I’m sleeping even more now than before!”

Twinkie Diet Helps Nutrition Professor Lose 27 Pounds | | Madison Park | “But you might expect other indicators of health would have suffered. Not so.”

Polyphasic Sleep – One Year Later | Steve Pavlina | “At one point I just sat on the couch staring at a wall for 90 minutes, unable to form any thoughts.”


Do you have any article (or personal!) examples of such self experiments?

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