How To Do A Prolonged Fast (24+ Hours No Food)

How To Do A Prolonged Fast (24+ Hours No Food)

November 5, 2019 36 By William Morgan


hey guys so in today’s video I’m going
to be talking to you about how you can
make your way through a prolonged fast
now most people fast for about 1618 and
upwards of 20 22 hours but when you get
over the 24 hour mark it’s considered a
prolonged fast
so people who prolonged fast tend to
fast between 1 2 3 4 5 and sometimes
upwards of 7 days and sometimes longer
but we’re not going to talk about that
today basically the most common options
are 24 hours 48 hours 72 hours and
around a hundred hours so I’m gonna talk
you through how you should go about
doing your first prolonged fast the
first thing to keep in mind is that you
don’t have to jump to a hundred hours
straightaway begin with 24 if you’ve
only experimented with 18 16 20 hours
before try the first one at 24 hours
just to see how your body reacts to it
just to see that you’re gonna be okay to
make it through you’re probably gonna be
fine to do 48 72 hours but why not just
start with 24 just to be sure
right so that’s important to keep in
mind so why would you want to do a
prolonged fast as opposed to a normal
fast well things like Auto Fuji you know
that self recycling and self eating of
cells the suppose much more NERP along
fast different benefits like increasing
your Genesis and more pronounced and
there are things like the resetting of
your immune cells around day 3 there are
a lot of pretty awesome benefits that
happen when you don’t prolong fast or
even muscle growth is gonna be um is
gonna be benefited through doing a
prolonged fast so the first thing that
you do not want to do is fast for more
than you should be your first time doing
a prolonged fast just because some
people are doing 72 hours a hundred
hours I mean your body is probably
perfectly capable of doing that but just
start with 24 hours you know there’s no
reason to go more than that start with
48 hours as your as your first
experience with it and then move on to
72 and a hundred later on if your body
reacted okay to it the next thing you do
not want to do is do a dry fast as some
people advocate an experiment with a dry
fast which is basically abstinence from
absolutely anything that goes into your
mouth so no water even and this is just
very dangerous and there are no cited
scientific benefits of doing a dry fast
and
even if there were it is not worth the
risk of dehydration because that’s
something that’s exacerbated by
abstaining from food so you do not want
to do it dry fast and do not listen to
anybody who tells you to do one it’s
really dangerous so do not do it dry
fast now the first thing you want to do
and your prolonged fast if you were
going too fast with 48 72 hours is get
into a state of ketosis as quickly as
possible
ketosis as you know is a metabolic
switch in your body where you begin to
use ketone bodies like acetone and beta
hydroxy butyrate is your main source of
fuel and being in a state of ketosis is
going to help potentially reduce lean
body mass loss so the loss of muscle so
that’s really important to get into an
increased ketone body production when
you’re in a state of instead of
attempting a prolonged fasts so the best
way you can do this is to do something
like a prolonged walk right a prolonged
walk to start your prolonged fast
walking for an hour or two or three so
you want to be walking at a speed like
four or five kilometres something like
this just a nice average brisk walk just
to deplete all that glycogen and get
your body into a state of ketosis you
want to do that for one two maybe three
hours just listen to an audio book or
something while you do it and if you
have the time just try to get outside
and get for a walk and get your blood
moving and that’s gonna help with that
process the next thing you want to do is
to remain hydrated right you want to
remain hydrated it’s fine to drink
coffee and it’s fine to drink tea but
you should prioritize drinking water
because when you’re in a fasted state
you’re going to be expelling water more
quickly right um so you want to avoid
dehydration as much as possible and this
is gonna be particularly important after
you reach that 36 48 hour mark
especially getting into the 70 hour mark
you really want to make sure you have
enough water in your body and once you
reach that 48 hour mark
maybe even a little bit before that you
want to potentially put a little bit of
salt in your water it won’t taste that
bad and that’s just because you want to
maintain adequate levels of sodium in
your body um you don’t want to deplete
sodium in your body it’s gonna help in
terms of performance and the gym if
you’re still exercising and just
generally how you feel because a lot of
that’s excreted when you’re urinating
more than usual when you’re in a fasted
state so remaining hydrated and keeping
up a little more salt intake than you
other things which can help especially
in the beginning and especially if
you’re not keto adapted already meaning
that you’re usually eating a ketogenic
based diet is to include things like MCT
oil or maybe coconut oil or butter
inside your coffee or tea and this isn’t
necessary of course and technically
you’re not fasting but because it’s a
fad it really isn’t that insulin or
genic and by allowing yourself to
consume these fatty foods like like
butter and especially things like MCT
oil medium chain triglycerides that’s
gonna allow you to produce more ketone
bodies and it’s gonna keep you energized
and fueled and it may help with that
process of getting into a state of
ketosis which without burning muscle
right so that can be important as well
especially if you’re not already keto
adapted and using your endogenous fuel
as your primary source of energy one
thing you may want to consider as well
to make the first 24 hours slightly
easier is to eat a very specific meal
before you begin your fast so I know
many of you don’t do the ketogenic diet
neither do I on a consistent basis but
it may be a good idea to incorporate
some sort of high fat um very low
carbohydrate and moderate to low protein
meal before you begin your fast
just because that’s going to allow you
to get through into a state of ketosis
quicker your appetite isn’t going to be
as pronounced at the beginning of the
fast you’re gonna have left less
cravings and it’s gonna increase your
chance of of making it through that
first 24 hour period which is the most
difficult for people you know after you
get into a state of ketosis generally
after 16 18 24 hours I all your cravings
kind of disappear until maybe in a few
days time so it’s about getting through
that first 24 hours and having a high
fat low carb medium to low protein meal
to start your fast off for and and
you’re feeding window off with it might
be a good idea to do that another good
thing you may want to do is let people
know that you’re doing it of course for
safety as well right but letting people
know you’re doing it is gonna be really
good for accountability right instead of
just starting yourself let a few friends
you know or maybe post on a Facebook
group or community like the store body
community and post there and let
everyone know how long you’re going to
be fasting for and this way you can give
people updates on how you feel
maybe you want to record it on a cell
phone like I did when I did my three day
fast and this will help you kind of
enjoy the process more it’s gonna help
keep yourself more accountable because
we’ve already set a goal and the time in
a duration you want to do it for and I
think this really secures your chances
of success much more than just going
about it because then it’s much easier
to give up on because you haven’t
invested as much in the whole process
and journey so posting on a Facebook
group letting a few friends know about
it or potentially doing it with some
friends who live in the same house as
you or overseas via Skype or something
like this this can actually be quite an
important way to to make sure you get
through it okay as well as taking care
of your safety and that’s the last thing
I want to talk about do this at your own
risk so this isn’t gonna be for everyone
right and doing it for way too long may
cause some problems you know doing dry
fasts may cause problems but if you’re a
healthy individual or if you just want
to get some of the benefits like lowered
inflammation or toffee gee it’s a great
way to improve your health right it’s a
great way to improve muscle growth
paradoxically because of things like
auto Fujii it’s gonna be really good for
your brain really good for your body in
general so I really recommend you do
this if you’re in good shape already or
you just want to get a bit healthier but
I’m not saying that you have to do this
for good health and do this at your own
risk because of course with anything
slightly more extreme than the normal
sort of health intervention there are
gonna be some risks involved so be
careful and stay safe while you do this
but that’s it for my kind of
recommendation I’ll just summarize it
now so get into a state of ketosis as
quickly as possible going for a long and
brisk walk may help with us
perhaps consuming from some things like
MCTS may help as well just to increase
ketone body production exercise is fine
but I really try to minimize very
intense exercise after the 48-hour mark
especially if you’re not used to this if
your body’s used to it then you’re
probably gonna be more self aware and
you’ll understand what’s too much or too
little but after the 48 hour mark try to
keep it there just walking in and daily
tasks and that’s gonna be best for you
so that’s it my little instructional
guide I guess just a few tips for
prolonged fast
give it a go it’s really fun and there
are a lot of rewards spiritually in
terms of your discipline also of course
physiologically with the changes that
occur in your body so thank
– watching guys and I’ll see you next
time