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Friday, April 2, 2010

60 hours without food

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More because I was bored and because I wanted to do something exciting with my body — I’d always imagined that I’d want to subject my body to limits such as starvation, thirst and exhaustion (not simultaneously) just to see what happens and whether I can do it, particularly after reading days long hunger strikes of popular leaders — than really intending to lose weight, I decided to go on crash diet for three days. I chose a simple one: only warm water with honey and lemon for three days and nothing more. I eventually didn’t continue third days but not because I was feeling hungry or weak. In fact, my experiment surprised myself so much that I didn’t feel any particularly different that I delayed writing about it so far, because, there wasn’t anything to write about.

After a moderate dinner night before, I went through first day on 4-5 helpings of water+honey combos without feeling much twist in my stomach. After momentary hunger pang at lunch time, which I would have felt any other day as well when I delayed my lunch, I was perfectly okay well up to the night. That night, I did feel little difficulty in falling asleep and my stomach kept me awake for one hour before letting me slip in to land of dreams. Next day, surprisingly, was better. I went through whole day without as much as pang of hunger and had a peaceful sleep the next night too. I could have easily continued for the third day, or even longer, before my body starts giving hints of starvation, but I didn’t. Particularly because I knew getting back to routine would take time and I didn’t want my first meal to be on work day (Monday) where my luncheon menu is less healthy and beyond my control. My break-fast was light, as required, and by the dinner time I was back to my original routine. My physical activities during past two days were normal and didn’t include huge acts of physical exertion.

Only thing this experiment has taught me is that I feel no difficulty in not eating for two days straight and that I should try even longer time frame next time if I really wanted to stretch limits of my body.


Vikas Gupta said...

Wow, I have always wanted to try it. This is certainly inspiration but I am not doing it now; maybe in December.

Sid said...

interesting!! but be cautious too.
And one more - were you on your regular work routine during the experiment? Any lethargy etc.? Give us some more details :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Ashish,
I accidentally land on your blog .... I was looking for Kishoreda's song Aa chal ke tujhe translation. It was very difficult to find this particular song translation and I finally found yours' after months of exhaustion. Thank you so much for your translation. If I publish this song in youtube I will credit you for the translation, if you have no objection.

Coming back to your hunger experiment it is not surprising at all you haven't felt much effect. What ever you eat the body ultimately utilize glucose (a simple form of sugar). On the other hand regular house hold sugar is sucrose which is glucose and fructose together. Honey provide mainly sugar plenty also protein. Only uncomfortable feeling you felt at night when you go to bed is because your stomach is not used for being empty.

I like your experiment and you have a nice blog.

Keep up

Ashish Gupta said...

Vishal via Facebook:-
kya kya experiment karate ho bhai

Ashish Gupta said...


I tried this on weekend. There wasn't much lethargy but I wouldn't want to risk when I had real work.

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