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How Long Can You Actually Go Without Eating?


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We all know what it’s like to be hungry. Maybe even really, really hungry. Your stomach growls, you might get a little
light headed, your body is doing everything it can to tell you that it’s time to drop
whatever you are doing and grab a snack. It’s a minor inconvenience that we all must
live with… unless you’re a robot, OR a human with a cybernetic stomach that runs
on cold fusion, but that’s a subject for another episode. If you’re too lazy to cook, maybe you pop
a frozen dinner in the microwave or resort to a cup of ramen noodles. Whatever your case may be, your munching quickly
satisfies your demanding stomach and you can move on with your day. But what if you had to endure that sensation
of hunger for a longer period of time?What is it like to experience starvation? And how long can you go without eating? Now, just to be clear, we wouldn’t recommend
that you go home after watching this episode and attempt to stop eating. That wouldn’t be a very good idea. If you do decide that you want to challenge
yourself, please consult your doctor before doing so. After all, we wouldn’t want to see one of
our beloved fans starve! Not that we’re insulting your intelligence,
we just felt the need to add a disclosure in here… y’know, just so we don’t get
in trouble for being a bad influence on young minds. Any who… As you may already know, the human body can’t
last more than a few days without water. So, just to add a bit of clarification, the
cases we’ll explore don’t involve going without that much-needed H2O. We’re talking solely about food. Because it is unethical to study starvation
in a laboratory for obvious reasons, there’s a current lack of scientific research about
it. Thus, most studies revolving around the subject
tend to examine occurrences of starvation in the real-world including instances of religious
fasts and hunger strikes. Since these individuals are already choosing
not to eat by choice, scientists can ethically look into and monitor the effects of these
particular cases. We can also look into it by examining past
instances of starvation. You are probably familiar with the historically
famous Mahatma Gandhi, the man who lived in India during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s,
inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. He was a greatly inspirational figure and
some of his quotes live on today; sayings like “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong,”
“where there is love there is life,” and many more. You may also know that he survived 21 days
of complete starvation. How did he do it? What was his secret? That’s what we endeavored to find out. Gandhi took on a total of about 17 fasts during
India’s freedom movement for independence from British rule. He often used hunger strikes as a tool to
promote his philosophy of non-violence. It was his way of performing a peaceful protest. His first fast took place in 1913 from November
10th to the 16th. In 1914, his next fast expanded to 14 days. His third, successful fast lasted 3 days in
1918 and resulted in Ahmedabad mill owners rushing to the negotiating table to seal a
settlement with the striking workers that Gandhi had led. He continued to take on fasts of different
lengths in 1919,1921 and 1922. Thus, in 1924, by the time of his famous,
21-day-long fast, he’d already had a lot of practice with self-control and restraint
from eating. He, of course, endured many more fasts after
this, but 21 days was the longest his fasts ever lasted. The Mahatma is considered the champion in
the department of fasting and hunger striking. Many people have made attempts to follow the
master and try it for themselves. They say it takes a ton of willpower and the
temptation to eat can be highly, highly overwhelming! Starvation itself is not pleasant. You know that awful feeling you experience
when you haven’t eaten all day? Imagine that feeling but way more intense! The severe deficiency in calorie intake combined
with the most extreme conditions of malnutrition imaginable are enough to drive you mad! In this state of mind, it can be more than
a little challenging to resist foods. An almost animalistic mindset consumes you. You become ravenous, losing all sense of your
humanity as your survival instincts take over. Suddenly, eating is no longer a choice, it
is a must! People who have undergone starvation in extreme
circumstances have reverted to just about anything to relieve their hunger. Consider the story of the 1972 plane crash
in the Andes Mountains. A team of Rugby players trapped in snow and
freezing cold temperatures experienced extreme starvation to the point where they were forced
to turn to cannibalism. The cold caused them to burn calories more
quickly and they were desperate. Thus, they ate the dead bodies of human casualties
from the crash. We made an episode about this disaster not
too long ago so, as a side note, you should check it out! There is another story from an episode of
“I Shouldn’t be Alive” where two young, teenage boys named Josh and Troy found themselves
stranded in the Atlantic Ocean after taking a fishing boat out from the coast of South
Carolina. They were lost at sea for 6 days, suffering
from extreme starvation. This hunger caused one of the boys to snack
on a poisonous jellyfish and even consider eating his own finger. The awful feeling of deprivation was enough
to make both boys wish for death. One even attempted to drown himself to ease
his suffering, but to no avail. This may seem like nothing though compared
to the 76-day-man but that is discussed in another episode. There is a reason the temptation to eat is
so powerful. After all, prolonged starvation can cause
organ damage and death. In patients with anorexia nervosa, up to 20%
die from organ failure or myocardial infarction. This tends to happen when body weight falls
between 60 to 80 pounds. Thus, the instinctual mechanism of action
urging us to eat is meant and designed by nature to keep us alive. When you fast for a long time, you’re basically
fighting against your biological drive. Experts tend to recommend that you eat every
three to four hours or so for optimal health, but starvation doesn’t happen immediately,
so skipping a meal now and then isn’t a big deal. Your body is a well-oiled machine that doesn’t
want to go into starvation mode and will usually do whatever it takes to preserve energy to
resist going into that physical state. Many people claim that they feel like they
go into starvation mode after about a day of not eating, but this isn’t the case. It doesn’t happen as quickly as you might
think. Registered dietitian, Dr. Dubost, from Pennsylvania
told self.com that it is actually very difficult to go into “complete clinical starvation
mode.” There’s also a difference between the popular
culture perception of “starvation mode” and actually being physically starving. The threshold of time to enter the realm of
starvation depends on the individual but, overall, she says that it certainly takes
longer than going a day without food. Once you are in that zone where you are really
starving, there are said to be three phases that you go through before you die – morbid,
we know. Each phase is more unpleasant than the last. In the first phase, blood glucose levels are
maintained through production of glucose from proteins, glycogen and fats. There is only enough glycogen stored in a
person’s liver to last a few hours. After this, blood glucose levels are maintained
from breaking down fats and proteins. The longer you go without eating, the more
your body turns to resources within itself to keep going. The second phase of starvation lasts the longest
of the three. During this time, your body fat is the main
energy source. Your body drains itself of your fat to keep
itself sustained. You increasingly feel yourself getting skinnier
but not necessarily in a good or healthy way. It may be here when you feel like your body
is screaming at you. “I know you want to look good in that bikini,”
it might say, “but please eat something – anything! Help us out here!” Resisting its message is not easy, especially
if you have access to food. The third phase of starvation occurs when
fat reserves are used up and depleted. The body then starts taking from your muscles
to feed itself. When muscles are depleted, cell functions
start to degenerate. Along with your weight loss, you may experience
symptoms of apathy, withdrawal, listlessness and increased susceptibility to disease. This last one happens because the impact of
starvation weakens your immune system. Some people end up dying of illness due to
starvation before actually dying from starvation itself. The diseases that starving people succumb
to mainly include kwashiorkor and marasmus. Kwashiorkor effects those who are protein-energy
deficient and results in edema and enlarged fatty liver. This is also what gives starving children
bellies, creating an illusion that they are well fed. Marasmus also happens due to extreme energy
deficiency and results in infections that are caused by dangerously low levels of body
weight. Death by starvation is incredibly slow and
painful. When death finally does come, it is usually
caused by cardiac arrhythmia. How long it takes to die often depends on
your original BMI, or body mass index, before starvation. Generally, however, people typically die of
starvation in about three weeks. Gandhi pushed the limits when he made it to
21 days, though some people have actually managed to surpass the master. As cited in Scientific American, reports from
well-documented studies have shown survivors of hunger strikes after 28, 36, 38, and even
40 days! But wait, some reports go beyond this! In 1981, a hunger strike performed by political
prisoners against British presence in Northeast Ireland resulted in 10 people dying between
periods of 46 and 73 days without food. Now that’s a stretch! Of course, this did lead to their demise so
they wouldn’t have been able to exercise their bragging rights upon the strike’s
conclusion. One strategy that has been used to stave off
hunger by those who have fasted for long periods of time include keeping notes to remind themselves
of their motivation behind doing so. They ask themselves questions like, “Why
am I still doing this?” and “what is the point of this again?” They then answer the questions so that the
reasoning is fresh in their minds, pushing forward their motivation to continue not eating. Of course, this technique is not always perfect
unless you have very strong self-control like Gandhi. For most of us, we might cave in and decide
that fasting isn’t worth the effort anymore once we get a whiff of a juicy, delicious
steak or a McDonald’s hamburger with fries. Getting hungry? Yeah, we don’t blame you! All this talk of hunger and not eating kind
of makes you want to eat, doesn’t it? In order to abstain from food for as long
as great hunger strikers and avoid temptation, your reasoning behind fasting has to be a
good one. In other words, you must be highly motivated
to fast, or you’ll just wind up quitting easily and quickly. Some fast out of political motivation like
Gandhi while others may do it for religious purposes. Fasting for a greater cause seems to lead
to the most success. But if you’re just fasting for the sake
of it, you may find that you soon give up, perhaps even before entering true starvation. This is because the pain of long-term hunger
is too intense to endure without very strong, solid motivational reasoning. What’s the longest you’ve been able to
go without eating? How did it make you feel? Tell us in the comments! Now go watch “I Only Ate Fast Food For 30
Days And This Is What Happened!” Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time!

100 thoughts on “How Long Can You Actually Go Without Eating?

  1. I have a friend that fasts 5 days with only water and eats the 6th day. He challenged an obese person and he went 4 days so it isn't fun but a way to loose weight for them

  2. I'm happy you mentioned anorexia. I work in Healthcare and have anorexia thoughts come into my head as intrusive thoughts. It's so hard to deal with it, also knowing that your body basically eats itself to stay alive like the video pointed out.

  3. I went 7 & 1/2 days just to test my will. It wasn't as hard as I thought from a hunger standpoint. The hardest was just missing the taste of food.

  4. I fasted for 96 hours 4 days once and it was the best thing Ive ever done. It healed my stomach issues and gave me so much mental clarity.

  5. Every year for a whole month i fast for 16 hours straight without food or water takes a lot of dedication
    been doing this since age 15 AND now i m 25
    keeps me healthy

  6. They might have to do their research a bit more and learn how to explain it clearly. If you acclimate your body to fasting you can go way longer that 3 weeks. And starving and fasting are 2 different things. Starving is when your body can’t utilize food from your fat reserves because lack of existing fat or insulin resistance. To say there is a specific time you can fast doesn’t make sense since it would depend on how much fat is on your body and how well your body can utilize it as well.

  7. Water fasting isn't as painful as you might think, it's more like an unpleasant feeling and sometimes like little stings. I'm doing it myself to loose some weight and I want to beat my own record.

  8. Sometimes i go up to 35 or so hours without eating. I do this pretty frequently. I really don't get hungry until i actually feel starving. I really dont want to eat unless i have to

  9. Assuming a plentiful supply of fresh clean drinking water, about a month of surviving. But you'd be in bad shape.
    Without water, Day 1 uncomfortable. Day 2, Very unwell, and possibly passing out. Day 3. Death almost certain.

  10. Eating every 3-4 hours means the pancreas has to work every 3-4 hours. Cells become desensitized to insulin. Resulting in type II Diabetes. Fasting is ok for sedentary adults and some overweight children. Should consult a doc if already diabetic and on insulin before fasting. Do independent research on fasting.

  11. After my girl broke up with me last week i haven't eaten anything for the next 3 days 😅 never felt any hunger until the 4th day.

  12. having dealt with the annoyance of anorexia for so many years, i can say it happens a lot quicker than you might think. there was one point where i hadn't eaten for a week (just a week) and wound up dropping at least 15 pounds. but that comes with all the nausea, diarrhea, dehydration (even if you're rlly hydrated through water, a lot of your fluid intake actually comes from food, like fruits and veggies) and the complete lack of energy and cognitive function. there was points when it was impossible to get out of bed and if i had to supplement with coffee, it felt like my heart would burst out of my chest. tldr; don't even try it!! it's not fun, although it may feel empowering for a little while. it almost certainly ends in an even worse binge, which can also be quite bad for the body depending on how much you consume.

  13. I went 30 days. Suffered calium and calcium deficiency and that resulted in cardiac fibrillation. They wanted to take me in for surveillance if I continued.
    I think I became a theoretical master chef during that time, read and watched yt videos about food and cooking all day every day. 🙄

  14. Bhagat Singh is an Indian Freedom Fighter who along with other freedom fighters of India did 116 days hunger strike for their rights as a prisoner when they were arrested.

  15. I've enjoyed many fasts of 96 hours. First I'll admit I've sufficient body fat in reserve to consume in ketosis mode. During the first 36 hours; hunger can be annoying and does require ample resolve / control, but responding to hunger with plenty of water almost completely satisfies me. Yes I said enjoyed… because I find that my brain operates well burning ketones … your response may not be like mine. But I'm annoyed by not learning about this long ago. I feel more alert during days 2, 3, & 4, and sleep better those nights when I'm in my Sunday dinner to Thursday dinner fast cycle. I typically do this one week of a month.

  16. I have done a few 7 day fasts and after the first 48 hours it gets easier. I did drink water though, maybe you are talking about such low numbers because it doesn't count if water is consumed during a fast? Starving with water to drink is different though, just the thought of not knowing the next time you are going to eat is the real torture and the stress probably causes a lot of damage itself. Anyway, people can go without food for a long time if there was no stress involved. I can skip a few days without eating no problem now, I don't get 'hangry' anymore and just smile when I see people stressing out when they missed a few meals in a row. . .

  17. I did a water fast last week, 3 days total. It was not fun. But I now realize that before the fast, when I thought I was "hungry" I was really just bored. So I eat less now.

  18. This one guy didn't eat for over a year… Of course he was super obese and also took some vitamins. Also was monitored medically.

    Most I went was like 2.5 days.

  19. The longest I've gone is almost 4 days after having my appendix removed. You feel hungry the very first day, but you later realize that it's just your appetite and habit of eating. The first day was rough, the 2nd not as bad. On the 3rd day, you actually start feeling real hunger. The less energy you expend and the more water you drink helps stave off the hunger for awhile.

  20. waves. You can easily (well, maybe not mentally easily) go for 20 or even 30 days of fasting (you need to drink water and take electrolites).

  21. Just one thing , glucose can't be produced from fat.
    Fatty acids can be used to create energy, in other forms, but the human body can't create glucose from them.

  22. My longest fast was 4 days. I was in a hospital and was getting minerals or something so I stayed alive. Even though I had incredible hunger, the only thing my mind was on, was drinking something.

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