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Longest times you have fasted for?

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Created March 01, 2011 at 9:38 PM

So last year I was hospitalized for 10 days because I came into contact with Cryptosporidium (wash your produce). During my time in the hospital I fasted for the whole 10 not by choice but because that is what Crypto does to you (anything in goes directly out). I managed to lose 25 pounds from that but my body was clean, but inadvertantly put it back on over the next few months. Since I started paleo im back down those 25 pounds but I would like to start another fast, I just dont know how long to do it for? The purpose of my fasting would not be weight loss but to rid my body of any contaminants and toxins that are currently still in it.

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Thanks for reminding me about the after fast appreciation of food, Seth. That was my experience too. I too, "...become very mindful of each bite. the texture. the flavor. the smell...". NICE! it was very NICE.

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on March 03, 2012
at 02:00 AM

Oh cayenne pepper and lemon water, the long standing detox hoax. Fasting can mean different things to different people- usually it is consuming fluids only for a period of time. Fluids can be water only, tea, broths, milk, sweetened water etc. depending on the fast.

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on March 02, 2012
at 11:46 PM

You can get it from swimming in streams and if someone has it in a public swimming pool too. There are huge outbreaks of it. UGH!

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on March 02, 2012
at 05:10 PM

I guess we know she thinks "enough is enough!"

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on March 02, 2012
at 02:53 PM

I doubt it's starving that did the trick. I think it's probably the gelatin and just overall nutrient composition of the broth.

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on March 02, 2012
at 10:48 AM

I thought I would put a quick comment to say that the basis of Christianity is repentance, not austerities. One could say that the opposite of austerities is the Gospel: that is Jesus fulfilled all austerities on behalf of us, so that he might bring us to God. http://bit.ly/wbJEXt

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on March 02, 2012
at 10:47 AM

I thought I would put a quick comment to say that the basis of Christianity is repentance, not austerities. One could say that the opposite of austerities is the Gospel. That is Jesus fulfilled all austerities on behalf of us, so that he might bring us to God. bit.ly/wbJEXt

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on March 02, 2012
at 10:45 AM

I thought I would put a quick comment to say that the basis of Christianity is repentance, not austerity. One could say that the opposite of austerity is the Gospel. That is Jesus fulfilled all austerity on behalf of us, so that he might bring us to God. http://bit.ly/wbJEXt

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on March 04, 2011
at 04:55 AM

Your beliefs are truly bizarre, Tactical Savage. "Choiceless Awareness" - LOL.

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on March 04, 2011
at 02:44 AM

Lol Choiceless Awareness. Just BE.

1f96ce108240f19345c05704c7709dad

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on March 04, 2011
at 02:06 AM

do you believe that, Tactical Savage?

B86cb1207d7a8336dad0b1bfd07d4187

on March 03, 2011
at 08:52 PM

Um...."Truth is devoid of belief"....so whats to believe?

1f96ce108240f19345c05704c7709dad

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on March 03, 2011
at 02:19 AM

Do you truly believe that, TSST?

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on March 02, 2011
at 11:48 PM

Lol Truth is devoid of belief, duality, n fragmentation!

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on March 02, 2011
at 05:54 PM

I did loss both muscle and fat - the fat pretty much stayed off and built up the muscle again. So, after some time the net effect was a weight loss from having and maintaining less fat.

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on March 02, 2011
at 05:52 PM

Of course "I" decided - I am NOT a mindless robot or a puppet that some "greater power" manipulates, or who pulls my strings - and calls "its" action on me "my enlightenment".

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on March 02, 2011
at 02:41 PM

I strongly believe that is was the fast. But the addition to starting a diet that did not irritate the gut (Paleo) was helpful in continuing the health of my gut.

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on March 02, 2011
at 10:57 AM

Was the weight you lost fat or muscle, and if fat did it stay off? I suppose I'm wondering if there are any benefits of extended fasting beyond testing ones will, solving gut issues, and testing for allergies.

B86cb1207d7a8336dad0b1bfd07d4187

on March 02, 2011
at 09:58 AM

So....you were seeking "Spiritual insights" from the Infinite Intelligence and "you" decided?! ;)

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on March 02, 2011
at 09:00 AM

What is your definition of "fast" ? No calories ?

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on March 02, 2011
at 08:22 AM

Was it the 3 day fast that did the trick for your IBS? I'm curious about this as I believe that IBS is often caused by bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine and fasting should starve that overgrowth.

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on March 02, 2011
at 06:05 AM

Gosh, glad you are OK now - out of interest, what was it you bought?

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on March 02, 2011
at 12:42 AM

Yikes! And thanks for the wash-your-produce reminder!

1f96ce108240f19345c05704c7709dad

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on March 02, 2011
at 12:19 AM

I thought about NO answer being an "answer" at the time, and decided that the fast was NOT needed to get to that NO answer.

1f96ce108240f19345c05704c7709dad

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on March 01, 2011
at 11:32 PM

Could well be, RonS. In my case, the fast was supposed to be 14 days, but I decided on my own to extend. After two more days, I found it boring - maybe I should have carried on to 30 or 40 days (the other fast lengths I had heard about).

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on March 01, 2011
at 10:35 PM

For me, spiritual effects started to become noticeable on the 27th day of a fast. Perhaps not coincidentally, that was the same day on which I felt so bad from fasting that I started to think about ending it.

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on March 01, 2011
at 10:32 PM

For me, spiritual effects started to become noticeable on day 27. Perhaps not coincidentally, that was also the day I started to feel bad from fasting.

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on March 01, 2011
at 10:31 PM

good lord that sounds awful.

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F6019c693fc981657b1efa602298bc2d

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on March 02, 2011
at 03:41 AM

I've done a few fasts over the past 3 years. the longest one being 18 days, mostly for spiritual reasons. I like how Terrence put it up above... you realize how much time goes into eating. days seem to go on forever. when i start eating again after a fast i appreciate the food so much more. i become very mindful of each bite. the texture. the flavor. the smell...

1f96ce108240f19345c05704c7709dad

(1061)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Thanks for reminding me about the after fast appreciation of food, Seth. That was my experience too. I too, "...become very mindful of each bite. the texture. the flavor. the smell...". NICE! it was very NICE.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on March 02, 2012
at 03:52 PM

I'm currently practicing ADF (alternate day fasting) although I fast on M-W-F rather than true alternate days. I go about 42 hours of black coffee/water and by the time I eat a meal it's about 48 hours between solid foods.

I'm finding that's long enough to "feel" changes happening within the body. My body feels like it's working much better than before--much calmer. My skin and teeth are showing improvements, etc. I saw a table yesterday that said 24 hours won't produce a high level of ketones (I assume your true level will depend on your context and physiology) but by 48 hours you will have a high level of ketones.

I'm 2 weeks in and it's definitely been worthwhile but I'm not sure how long I'll continue with 3 days per week. I'm considering either shifting to 2 days per week or staying with 3 days but fasting only every other week.

EDIT: Ned Knock of Health Correlator provided a link to the table in a comment he made on Free the Animal.

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on March 02, 2012
at 02:37 PM

No offense, but the idea of not eating for that long sounds dreadful. I'm already thin, I'd probably waste away. I went 3 weeks one time, but that was because of a ruptured appendix. I lost an impressive amount of weight, but I was also too weak to walk, it seemed like a poor tradeoff.

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on March 02, 2011
at 09:13 PM

I just finished a 16 day fast a couple of days ago! Just to test myself, reset my eating habits (I decided to go paleo after the fast!) and learn about my hunger and cravings to better control them :)

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B86cb1207d7a8336dad0b1bfd07d4187

on March 01, 2011
at 11:32 PM

As part of my religious upbringing, I performed many fasts as well. 4 days for Hanblaceya and 4 days for Wiwayang Wacipi. A few times, one lead into another for 8 days total. My Uncle has gone 18 days. For myself, I perform a 7-day cleanse once a year and frequent IF. It is true as Terrence said, after a few days you no longer experience hunger. Terrence, may I humbly suggest that sometimes no answer IS an answer?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 02, 2011
at 11:48 PM

Lol Truth is devoid of belief, duality, n fragmentation!

1f96ce108240f19345c05704c7709dad

(1061)

on March 02, 2011
at 05:52 PM

Of course "I" decided - I am NOT a mindless robot or a puppet that some "greater power" manipulates, or who pulls my strings - and calls "its" action on me "my enlightenment".

1f96ce108240f19345c05704c7709dad

(1061)

on March 02, 2011
at 12:19 AM

I thought about NO answer being an "answer" at the time, and decided that the fast was NOT needed to get to that NO answer.

B86cb1207d7a8336dad0b1bfd07d4187

on March 02, 2011
at 09:58 AM

So....you were seeking "Spiritual insights" from the Infinite Intelligence and "you" decided?! ;)

1f96ce108240f19345c05704c7709dad

(1061)

on March 03, 2011
at 02:19 AM

Do you truly believe that, TSST?

1f96ce108240f19345c05704c7709dad

(1061)

on March 04, 2011
at 02:06 AM

do you believe that, Tactical Savage?

B86cb1207d7a8336dad0b1bfd07d4187

on March 04, 2011
at 02:44 AM

Lol Choiceless Awareness. Just BE.

B86cb1207d7a8336dad0b1bfd07d4187

on March 03, 2011
at 08:52 PM

Um...."Truth is devoid of belief"....so whats to believe?

1f96ce108240f19345c05704c7709dad

(1061)

on March 04, 2011
at 04:55 AM

Your beliefs are truly bizarre, Tactical Savage. "Choiceless Awareness" - LOL.

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1f96ce108240f19345c05704c7709dad

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on March 01, 2011
at 10:07 PM

I have done several fasts over the years. Two were for five days, to see if I could identify food allergies - the idea is that you stop eating (only drink water) for a day or two after your digestive system is cleaned of all food particles. Unfortunately, neither identified any allergies; but some allergies have threshold points - you need to need XXX grams before a reaction happens.

My longest fast was 16 days, as part of a spiritual pursuit - unfortunately I did not have any spiritual insights. Unless you consider becoming massively aware of how much time we spend on food - deciding what to buy, going to the shops to buy it, taking it home, cleaning it (if required), storing it, preparing it, eating it, cleaning up. I felt like had HOURS more time each day. I also lost a fair bit of weight.

I also found (as I was told and read about) that after two or three days (at most three), I experienced no hunger at all (and this is common). So, for 14 days, I was not hungry, although all I consumed was water.

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on March 02, 2011
at 10:57 AM

Was the weight you lost fat or muscle, and if fat did it stay off? I suppose I'm wondering if there are any benefits of extended fasting beyond testing ones will, solving gut issues, and testing for allergies.

82166cc32b6cf26de33b69f58fb583b1

on March 01, 2011
at 10:32 PM

For me, spiritual effects started to become noticeable on day 27. Perhaps not coincidentally, that was also the day I started to feel bad from fasting.

82166cc32b6cf26de33b69f58fb583b1

on March 01, 2011
at 10:35 PM

For me, spiritual effects started to become noticeable on the 27th day of a fast. Perhaps not coincidentally, that was the same day on which I felt so bad from fasting that I started to think about ending it.

1f96ce108240f19345c05704c7709dad

(1061)

on March 01, 2011
at 11:32 PM

Could well be, RonS. In my case, the fast was supposed to be 14 days, but I decided on my own to extend. After two more days, I found it boring - maybe I should have carried on to 30 or 40 days (the other fast lengths I had heard about).

1f96ce108240f19345c05704c7709dad

(1061)

on March 02, 2011
at 05:54 PM

I did loss both muscle and fat - the fat pretty much stayed off and built up the muscle again. So, after some time the net effect was a weight loss from having and maintaining less fat.

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on March 02, 2012
at 03:58 PM

I went 4 days once.

My last three days I've been OMAD - One Meal A Day... a 4pm dinner of about 1400cals. This is mostly because I've been working from home and very, very busy... my spare time was spent here on PH and other forums instead of cooking my meals.

Today I woke up and my wife shoved a plate of food in my face, salmon with cucumbers and leftover scotch eggs.

So I'm not fasting today.

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on March 02, 2012
at 05:10 PM

I guess we know she thinks "enough is enough!"

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on March 02, 2012
at 09:58 AM

I've done 10-15 fasts, starting in my teens. I'm now 55. My longest was 17 day, last summer, water only. It was very easy. I hardly notice the first 3 days now. I only broke it because I developed about 7 boils on my back (as part of the purification process). Otherwise I was doing fine, but those started to weaken me too much. After that I had improvement in my lungs (I tend toward bronchitis) and noticeable improvement in an "enlarged prostate" problem I've had for years.

I'm just ending the 5th day of a new fast (March 2012) and I'm not particularly weak but feeling the "austerity," detachment and freedom of the fast which is the best part. I hope to go at least 2 weeks or past those 17 days.

I do it for prayer reasons, to get prayers answered and improve my karma in general. (Both objectives are always fulfilled for me by fasting.) You also get visionary dreams, psychic enlargement, visions, and spiritual knowledge from it. Presently I am smelling divine smells. (Smells like unidentifable food combined with incense-like smells, like camphor, peppermint -- bewitchingly pleasant smells. They constantly change.) I always smell them now, but they are stronger during this fast. These are explained in the The Yoga Sutra and come from meditating on God and getting the reduction in body-attachment that fasting gives.

I started fasting in my teens and it has reduced my need for food during normal times. Normally I only eat one meal a day, after 5 pm, and it's not even a full meal, then some snackies in the evening. I've been like that for years. My main reason for fasting is to get to know God, make Him notice and answer prayers, improve my health, and save my people. All White men should fast. The "first activity of yoga" according to the Yoga-Sutra, basis of Christianity, is "austerities." Fasting, meditation and chastity are the highest and most effective austerities.

Aum, Amen.

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on March 02, 2012
at 10:45 AM

I thought I would put a quick comment to say that the basis of Christianity is repentance, not austerity. One could say that the opposite of austerity is the Gospel. That is Jesus fulfilled all austerity on behalf of us, so that he might bring us to God. http://bit.ly/wbJEXt

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

(8574)

on March 02, 2012
at 10:47 AM

I thought I would put a quick comment to say that the basis of Christianity is repentance, not austerities. One could say that the opposite of austerities is the Gospel. That is Jesus fulfilled all austerities on behalf of us, so that he might bring us to God. bit.ly/wbJEXt

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

(8574)

on March 02, 2012
at 10:48 AM

I thought I would put a quick comment to say that the basis of Christianity is repentance, not austerities. One could say that the opposite of austerities is the Gospel: that is Jesus fulfilled all austerities on behalf of us, so that he might bring us to God. http://bit.ly/wbJEXt

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on March 02, 2011
at 02:03 PM

I do this once or twice a year, fasting usually for 10-14 days. The first time was to finally rid myself of a persistent ulcer (which worked). Understanding that the concept of a "cleanse" has come under considerable ridicule lately, it's still part of why I do it. I've seen other benefits as well: improved vision, lost an allergy once and for all, reset my still slightly broken attitude towards eating, lost a pesky vanity pound or three around the middle, which stayed off.

I generally do it in the spring, maybe again in the fall if it feels right. Last year I didn't do it at all.

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on March 02, 2011
at 05:09 AM

2 weeks I believe was the longest I went, only drinking water and having one meal a day. not sure if that counts as a fast though if you have random foods. I think with fasting its a specialized meal like chicken broth or cayenne pepper and lemon water.

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on March 03, 2012
at 02:00 AM

Oh cayenne pepper and lemon water, the long standing detox hoax. Fasting can mean different things to different people- usually it is consuming fluids only for a period of time. Fluids can be water only, tea, broths, milk, sweetened water etc. depending on the fast.

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on March 02, 2011
at 02:52 AM

9 days...........

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on March 01, 2011
at 09:44 PM

To get rid of my IBS, I fasted for 3 days on homemade chicken broth (great for digestion) and some fermented Kvass. I don't think I would do it again, unless my IBS came back.

I know many, including Robb Wolf, suggest only fast for 16 hours.

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on March 02, 2011
at 02:41 PM

I strongly believe that is was the fast. But the addition to starting a diet that did not irritate the gut (Paleo) was helpful in continuing the health of my gut.

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(3690)

on March 02, 2011
at 08:22 AM

Was it the 3 day fast that did the trick for your IBS? I'm curious about this as I believe that IBS is often caused by bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine and fasting should starve that overgrowth.

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(8938)

on March 02, 2012
at 02:53 PM

I doubt it's starving that did the trick. I think it's probably the gelatin and just overall nutrient composition of the broth.

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