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Is starving for 40 days healthy??

Postby Kate19 » Thu Dec 25, 2008 1:12 am

Hello,

I was doing some research on fasting as i would like to do a short fast for spiritual and detox purposes when i came across this website: http://www.starvation-diet.com

This guy is starving himself for 40 days to see what happens to his body and is posting pictures everyday of the progress.

Surely this cant be healthy?

Does anyone here know much about fasting?

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Re: Is starving for 40 days healthy??

Postby electrongirl » Thu Dec 25, 2008 3:53 am

Try driving your car without any petrol in it.... then tell me if you think this is a good idea.
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Re: Is starving for 40 days healthy??

Postby Gordz » Thu Dec 25, 2008 4:32 pm

i know my record is 13 days... i like my food too much. The mentality at the time was hopefully my body would start to eat my arse.




yeah doesnt work... u just get fukin hungry!!!
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Re: Is starving for 40 days healthy??

Postby Kate19 » Thu Dec 25, 2008 6:00 pm

hehe :)
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Re: Is starving for 40 days healthy??

Postby Nunu » Thu Dec 25, 2008 10:10 pm

I know that the spiritual fasting of ramadan that the muslims carry out can be somewhat good for you, if done the way intended.. Its not fasting constantly, rather dawn till dusk. I was speaking to a doctor about this and she was saying in certain circumstances it can really aid in healing the body of specific ailments. Though you must drink plenty of water and eat enough of the right foods in the hours you are not fasting. The docter also said it shrinks the stomach, which can stop you eating more than you need. So as a detox it can be beneficial, but the fast itself should no go more than a few hours, days on end is just ridculous.

Continuous fasting does not aid weightloss... On the contrary, it can be a huge deterement to your weightloss efforts.

lol @ body eating arse..... How many times i have wished my body would do that... :oops:
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Re: Is starving for 40 days healthy??

Postby Jisgone » Fri Dec 26, 2008 5:56 pm

im amazed anyone needs to ask if starving for 40 days is good for you?

doctors complain when we dont eat breakfast and starve for 10 hours! of course its not good for you
your body needs nurtition to survive
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Re: Is starving for 40 days healthy??

Postby mumnbub » Sun Dec 28, 2008 9:30 am

I had to fast befor my last surgery for 24 hours then after the surgey it was another 6 hours before a small meal- I thought i was going to die i was that hungry!! How could anyone do that without being forced to
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Re: Is starving for 40 days healthy??

Postby star » Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:28 pm

Surely he won't be able to last 40 days????? Isn't there some religion that states they don't eat and thy just drink herbal tea or something? They were on TV a while back. It sounds like a horrible existence to me!
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Re: Is starving for 40 days healthy??

Postby electrongirl » Tue Dec 30, 2008 5:08 am

even when the Muslims do it, they eat at night. I worked with a girl who was doing it and I asked her about it and she said they just don't eat during the day.

So its not really "fasting".
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Re: Is starving for 40 days healthy??

Postby maynzie » Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:13 pm

Yeah i definately would no try this, your immune system will fail and you will slowly die,

not a good idea sorry




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Re: Is starving for 40 days healthy??

Postby think - thin » Fri Jan 02, 2009 6:40 pm

in one word NO
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Re: Is starving for 40 days healthy??

Postby Healthspan » Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:45 am

Problem with starving is that it really slows down your metabolism, so that when you start back on a normal diet you will tend to gain weight.

It's better yo Increase metabolism by eating smaller meals through the day. Eat 4 to 6 six small meals, 2 to 3 hours apart.
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Re: Is starving for 40 days healthy??

Postby MissReena » Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:13 am

Well said Gordz, also the problem with starving yourself is it puts your body into shock and when you return to eating again your body takes the fats that you consume and holds them in storage. Causing you to put more weight on! A healthy detox, would be cutting out all of your processed and crap foods.
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Re: Is starving for 40 days healthy??

Postby mum2james » Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:41 am

electrongirl wrote:Try driving your car without any petrol in it.... then tell me if you think this is a good idea.


LOL :lol:
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Re: Is starving for 40 days healthy??

Postby SarahC » Thu Jan 15, 2009 2:13 pm

Without a doubt, water fasting is just starving your body, there's no way it can be a good thing!

But... I have been looking into other types of fasting, the "lemonade diet" (called "master cleanser" in the US, "lemon detox diet" here in Australia) in particular. And, I have to say, I'm not entirely opposed to the idea. Sure, your calorie intake is very low, and your metabolism will slow down as a result. But I think there are great benefits to giving your body a rest from digesting solid food for a period of time - both mental and physical. I did try it on and off during December (ok, so I'm not the world's best faster, I broke the fast on numerous occasions and had to restart :oops: ), but for me it gave by body the rest that it had been craving for so long!! I was to the stage of overeating on a daily basis, excercising 3 hours a day to keep up with it all... and my body was breaking down. The fast was the best thing for me at the time :)

I think that the body has a great ability to heal itself, it's always trying to get itself back to a state of homeostasis, where it feels comfortable. So, I don't believe that you can permanently slow down your metabolism through fasting. It will slow down for sure, but once you start eating again, it will recover... eventually. Someone might be able to prove me wrong, but that's just what I think...

Do a google search for Stanley Burroughs, who wrote the original Master Cleanser text back in the dark ages lol :wink:
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