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Breaking a fast

Discussion in 'Fasting' started by Roggg, Jun 4, 2020.

  1. Roggg

    Roggg · Well-Known Member

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    I know the advice to break a "longer" fast gently, and am prepared to do so if needed. The background here is I have done a variety of fasts over the last few months ranging between 16 hours (barely fasting at all) up to about 36 hours (skip a day). I have never given a second thought to how to break it and have never suffered any negative effects.

    Today I'm at 40 hours fasting, and I feel pretty good so I'm considering just rolling with it until I feel like breaking it. My real question is, at what point is a fast long enough to need to be broken gently?
     
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    Goonergal Type 2 · Moderator
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    I’ve only once gone as far as 48 hours fasting and was fine eating a normal sized meal. Can’t remember what it was though!
     
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    Thinking back into pre-history to when I did my one and only week long fast, I knew I had to stop it when I started being repulsed by food and the head games started... it was also v difficult to start eating again.

    no fantasies of roast beef and curries for me. A couple of mouthfuls was more than enough.

    I suggest you start with a small, light meal. Give it a couple of hours and then decide whether you want more.
     
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    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    How long were you thinking of going?
    Definitely restart eating with something small.. I once broke a 7 day fast with a keto Sunday roast and suffered for it!
    Maybe a slice of ham or a small piece of cheese or even a rasher or two of bacon.
     
  5. Roggg

    Roggg · Well-Known Member

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    I ended up breaking my fast at... I think 46 hours. I broke it with normal (ie low carb) eating, and so far so good. It was easier than I expected. This is my first fast beyond 36 hours. I only broke it because I received a shipment of pork rinds, and I couldn't wait to try them.

    Thanks for the advice all. I think I will probably think of 48 hours as the cut-off for extra care in breaking the fast unless something wonky happens.
     
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    Merrylizard1314 · Well-Known Member

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    I am on day 6 of a 7day waterfast and I am feeling fine, perhaps a little tired. I am wondering if I should continue the fast for another 7 days or stop for 2/3 days and then do another shorter fast?
     
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