The amount of water intake that a person needs daily depends on his or her body weight. The ratio is body weight divided by two, which gives you the number of ounces you should drink. For example, a 200-lb person should drink 100 ounces of water, which is about 3 liters.
A new diet trend is water fasting. Kaelin Tuell Poulin, the founder of LadyBoss, a fitness lifestyle program, posted on Facebook that she was doing a water fast where she drank only plain water. No milk, juice, or anything with nutritional value. She challenged the LadyBosses to do the fast with her, but at the time I wasn’t ready to commit to such a feat. It seemed like it would be hard to start a fast cold turkey, so I went on with my daily life.
A few years and odd months later the idea was still sitting in the back of my mind.
Frederic Patenaude, a blogger on raw food and natural health, said “benefits [include] naturally heal(ing) your body of most malfunctions, trains your self-discipline, helps you lose weight (fat + muscle), (and) lets you find gratitude in simple dishes.”
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YogicWayOfLife has an amazing article that can help you through the steps of preparing for a three-day water fast to ending it. They recommend to fast during a retreat or a quiet holiday. It’s important to mentally prepare for the fast and to allot six-seven days total, three for the fast and three-four to “slowly come back to regular eating habits.”
I didn’t heed their advice and started the fast on a whim during a busy weekend. This could be the reason my three-day fast lasted a total of one day and a few hours.
YogicWayOfLife recommends 1.5-3 liters of plain water a day during a water fast. During my attempt I drank 8 L and I felt it wasn’t enough. At one point I drank too much water in a short amount of time that made my stomach uncomfortable. After the first five hours, I felt unbearable hunger pangs that made me want to quit and enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet feast.
While on the fast I realized self-discipline is incredibly important. The instant hunger pangs hit I wanted to reach for something to eat. I may not have been able to do the whole three-day water fast, but I realized the impact that food has on me. I definitely want to try water fasting again, though I think I’ll start small. The first step will be 24 hours drinking only water. If it’s a success I plan to continue the fast by increments of four hours until I reach the 72-hour mark.
Check out my experience with water fasting in the below video!