The Fasting Experience Research Paper

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I completed my water fast yesterday. I fasted for 17 days and 3 hours, which is longer than I’ve ever fasted before. This post is a summary of the experience, building upon what I shared on Day 6 of the fast.


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So I was driven mainly by curiosity and the potential mental benefits.

The Fasting Experience

I had my last meal (a green smoothie) on the morning of August 25th, so I called the start time at 10:15am that morning. I figured it would be easier to begin the fast in the morning after a meal, and in retrospect I think that was a good idea. The first several hours of a fast are pretty easy, so I wanted those hours to be during the daytime. That way when I began feeling hungry, I’d get to sleep and advance the fast for several more hours while sleeping. If I had begun the fast after an evening meal, then I’d be wasting a sleep period on the easiest hours.

Because I ate that morning, the first day was indeed pretty easy, and I was just as productive as usual. I felt hungry in the evening, and by then it was time for bed.

Days 2 and 3 were the hardest. I felt hungry a lot, my energy was low, and it was hard to concentrate. I couldn’t get much done those days, but I expected that to happen, so I took it easy. When it felt difficult, I reminded myself to just take it one hour at a time. I loved when it started getting dark since then I could sleep through several more hours of the fast. The first three days took the most self-discipline of the whole fast. My goal each day was just to endure until

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