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originally posted by: ANTHONY33
I water fasted for 3 and a half days. I could have gone longer but I was under pressure from a family member to stop.
Day 3 was very clam. day 2 is hard. your mind gets a bit funny. food talking to you and visions of food dancing around you hahaha!
Don't gorge when you get off the fast. You will regret it!
Start small don't shock your body too much.
originally posted by: rickymouse
I know a few people who fast for three days occasionally and they are in pretty good shape. They only do it about twice a year, I guess that is enough to get the body into the mode to repair itself. They do it because their fathers did it, and one of their fathers is in his nineties and in really good shape. The other person is an eighty four year old person and he is in decent shape for his age although his eyesight is getting kind of bad in one eye. Something to do with a growing blindspot in the middle of the eye.
The three day fast used to be a common practice for men. My father did it about twice a year also and I did it with him when I was young but he died from brain cancer at fifty anyway. Fasting has many health benefits but three days is enough from what I have read during my research on this subject. There is a lot of scientific research to back fasting but remember, not all people can do it. It depends on your metabolism.
originally posted by: aethertek
Don't "Fast", that's like running an engine with no oil.
Want to improve your overall health, cut sugar(HFC) intake & CONSISTENTLY lower your average caloric intake.
I'm 52 190# 34"waist, no health issues & spent the day reassembling a 60 horse 800 gpm pump by myself.
originally posted by: Woodcarver
a reply to: Talorc
Five days is an extremely long time to go without any nutritional/caloric intake. Your body will go into ketosis (when your body starts burning off fat, starting with your internal organs) after about two days of no food. There are serious pains involved with this state. After about three days, you will be practically bed ridden and you will feel terrible. You will not be able to do much physical work, so a laborous job will be near impossible to keep up. Headaches, body aches, stomach cramps will be the norm.
There are no agreed upon benefits of fasting at all and most physicians will tell you that it is best to simply eat a healthy nutritious diet everyday. Your stomach problems may be the only good reason to even try this though as fasting may help with colitus and other intestinal maladies like crohn's disease. Also, if you have a sensitivity to gluten, simply taking it out of your diet can help immensely. You would start noticing a dif after two or three days.
I fast for a few days every month, but i still drink broth, and i'll probably have some fruit at some point. My job is pretty laborous sometimes so i try to do it when i have free time.
Another thing about fasting is that it is by no means a good way to lose weight. When you start eating again, you keep nearly all of the food weight. It immediately gets turned to fat to restock the reserves you lost.