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24h fast after alcohol binge?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 23, 2013 at 8:23 AM

My paleo diet has taken a few hits over the past few weeks because of my university exams, and tonight I am going out to celebrate finishing and I will be consuming alcohol (probably quite a lot!)

Tomorrow I have a 9 hour train journey home and I thought it presented a good opportunity to do a 24 hour fast. I feel this will mentally and physically cleanse my body ready to restart Paleo when I get home for the summer. My fast would start from my last drop of alcohol around 2am to breakfast the following day around 8am

I have never fasted more than 16 hours before (IF, between 8pm and 12pm) so is it a good idea to try it after drinking alcohol the night before? Also can I expect to lose much muscle mass?

The only thing I will be consuming is water

Thank you

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I think i need to feel real hunger like you say. I have a bad habit of planning when my next meal is coming so hopefully this will change my perceptions of when I need to eat. Thanks for your answer

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on May 23, 2013
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I think it's a good idea. Of course, the standard caveat of not having an eating disorder applies. I haven't fallen off the wagon for a while now, but when I used to, I would almost always end it with a 24-36 hour fast. I think it gives your gut time to heal/relax after you've offended it. It also helps you to get truly hungry to where real food tastes really good. Without the fast, I sometimes found it harder to eat a big meal of real food so I would get hungry too early and kept having urges to snack on crap food. Having the day break from eating, and then a big meal of good food helped me get right back on track.

You will likely have a strong urge to eat in the morning (along with the usual digestive discomfort). I almost always do after overindulging in "crap" food. I think your mind may also try to justify this urge by convincing you that you need some food to push the bad stuff out through your system and that eating is the fastest way to feel better. In my opinion, this is false and it's best to ignore this urge. I think the way to feel better is to give your gut time to heal/relax and giving it time without having to digest food is the best way to do this, though it takes time.

Of course, drink lots of water before you go to sleep - more than you think you need. After some rough drinking, I drink as much water as I can and then at least one more glass. And obviously drink water throughout the fasting day.

I agree with above. You won't lose muscle.

Good luck. Have fun.

5edb9385e68c8f1fdc8b255f8748e725

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on May 23, 2013
at 11:28 AM

I think i need to feel real hunger like you say. I have a bad habit of planning when my next meal is coming so hopefully this will change my perceptions of when I need to eat. Thanks for your answer

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on May 23, 2013
at 08:45 AM

The alcohol will take priority for fuel over anything else, so perhaps eat a few hours prior to drinking. If you fast for the entire day and night after... you'll be totalling to roughly 36 hours. You will not, I repeat, will NOT lose any muscle in that time frame.

If you are worried about it here's my paleo friendly hangover cure cocktail: 250ml Coconut Water, 30g B.C.A.As & Dash of Salt. Down that and then start your fast, as it will get needed electrolytes into your system, the BCAAs will help prevent any catabolism that you may fret over, and then a day later, the booze will be out of your system.

If you've done 16 hour fasts, you'll be fine... you'll get a great sense of mental clarity as well.

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on May 23, 2013
at 08:55 AM

The Highbrow Paleo Guide To Binge Drinking: Mitigating the deleterious effects of ethanol on health (or, How To Get Shitfaced With Impunity). http://highbrowpaleo.com/2011/12/26/the-highbrow-paleo-guide-to-binge-drinking-mitigating-the-deleterious-effects-of-ethanol-on-health-or-how-to-get-shitfaced-with-impunity/

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