I didn't get sick at all since I took everything really slow. My stomach grumbled a few times but not much pain.
It's been a month since I've done the fast and my eating habits have much improved. I'm not eating just to eat or to get full, just my meals and a couple snacks when I start to feel hungry. That is what I set out to do, eat better and get rid of the cravings. It has worked thus far.
As for those who are concerned, to me the benefits outweighed the risks. I was 5'3" and 167lbs (probably still gaining and far from anorexic), and as much as I tried to stop eating the foods that I loved most (fast foods, more than a full serving of breads & pastas, pizza, high cal/fat salad dressings, cheeses, etc.) I would do good for a couple weeks but then something would happen and I'd stop caring about what I ate. Sure I'm only 32 but I felt if I didn't do something drastic I probably would just continue as I had been, which would have led to other health problems. So 10 days out of my life when I have been eating shit for about 3yrs now seemed like small fries to me.
The 1500 cal isn't permanent. I guess I should have stated that earlier. I'm on a weight loss program for a short period of time. I eat proportionate meals every day. I get more fruits, veggies and good carbs and way less fat and bad carbs. I do cardio pretty much daily now, strengthening 3 times a week. I have energy to do more things with my child after work when I used to eat and vege. I sleep and just all around feel better.
I'm sill 5'3" but now weigh 147/148 (depending on the day). Sill considered overweight. I didn't gain back any of my fasting weight (lost more actually), which to me is a miracle since I was fully prepared to gain back at least 1/2 of it. I've gone from almost a 30 BMI to 26.2 now - a huge improvement. I obviously have quite a bit to go to not be in the "health risk" category, but I think if I keep this up through Dec I will for sure be down in the healthy range again.
That's the 2nd longest post I've ever made here. The 1st was also in this thread. I normally shy away from stuff this personal and in depth but the last 3 posts warranted some sort of response.