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3 Day Water Fast Results – My First Extended Fast

by Lilian B.
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Have you ever wanted to try fasting? Are you freaked out about what might happen if you didn’t eat for an extended period of time? Here’s my 3 day water fast results. I’ll give you a play by play. Everything I did before, during, and after my fast.

Just a side note to this post: I am not a doctor, nor providing medical advice. The following post is based on my personal experience. You should check with your doctor first before trying any extended fasting.

Reasons for Doing an Extended Fast

I have NEVER gone more than 24 hours without eating. In the back of my mind, it was never an option. I might starve for god’s sake.

Do you ever feel like you are stuck in a rut or need a change?

I feel like I need something to put me out of my comfort zone. I’ve become so comfortable eating every day of my life, that it’s weird to think that I wouldn’t eat. 

Sometimes it’s the things that we do that are uncomfortable that inspire the most growth.

I want to grow on a lot of levels- physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Fasting is challenging on all four of those levels.

  1. Physically because you ignore the feelings of hunger and tiredness. 
  2. Mentally because you will feel mentally foggy at times.
  3. Emotionally because you experience mood swings. 
  4. Spiritually because you surrender to being uncomfortable and accept what is.

Fasting helps with gratitude. I never have to worry about where my next meal comes from. Our ancestors didn’t have this most of the time. They didn’t know when will be their next meal or have the options we do today. If I’m feeling lazy and hungry, I can pull out my phone and order delivery. Pizza, burgers, sushi, tacos- whatever I am in the mood for!

3 day water fast results

My personal reason to fast is to challenge myself with something that requires self-discipline. Additionally, I want to take the moments I normally prepare and eat food, to be moments with myself. I want to focus on the present moment and pay attention to the now. I spend so much time analyzing the past and having anxiety about what’s to come in the future, that a lot of times, my present moment is not so peaceful.

Different Ways to Fast

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is when you block off a certain number of hours and do not consume any food. However, during the fasting hours, you can drink liquids like water, tea, and black coffee.

A popular intermittent fasting window is 16-8, where you would fast for 16 hours then eat during an 8 hour time window. An example of this would be to stop eating at 8 pm then eat your next meal the following day at 12 pm. This is a great option for people that are not much of a morning eater. Naturally, I fall into this way of eating. I’ve never been a breakfast person, so it’s very easy for me to have my first meal at lunchtime.

Another example of this eating window is to start fasting at 6 pm and resume eating the following day at 10 am. I’ve also tried this eating window, and it works great for people who start their day early. Also, I don’t like going to sleep on a full stomach, so it’s a great option for people who sleep and wake up early.

Another popular intermittent fasting window is 20-4. An example of this would be having your last meal at 4 pm and not eating until the following day at 12 pm. This is pretty close to OMAD (one meal a day), but not exactly. OMAD fasting is really just a 1-hour eating window. I’ll explain more about OMAD fasting methods later.

My personal preference for intermittent fasting is either 20-4 from 4 pm to 12 pm the following day or 16-8 from 6 pm to 10 am the following day. 

I used to think that I needed to be eating all of the time in order to have energy throughout the day. That’s not the case! I feel great when I intermittently fast personally, but everyone is different. I suggest you find what’s best for you and your own schedule.

Dry Fasting

Dry fasting is when you abstain from everything. Many Muslims dry fast during the holy month of Ramadan. They start their fast at sunrise and end their fast at sunset. When dry fasting, it’s very important to take into consideration health conditions. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have any other health conditions, please check with a doctor before considering it. 

I have dry fasted during Ramadan, and I had a great experience with it. It’s a great way to focus on your spiritual journey. Also, it’s very enjoyable to break your fast with others that are fasting too.

Extended Water Fasting

Extended water fasting is what this post is about. It’s common for people to go 3 days, 7 days, 14 days, or even 21 days without eating food. The longer you fast from food, the more important it is to begin and end the fast with care. If fasting for 21 days, you can’t immediately just grab a hamburger for your first meal. You would not feel good!

Coming off of a very extended fast requires introducing foods slowly. At the end of my 3 day fast, I had chicken broth with some potatoes for my first meal. Then I ate normally after.

OMAD Fasting (One Meal a Day)

One meal a day fasting is just what it sounds like- eating one meal per day. I personally do not enjoy this way of fasting because I find that I eat a huge amount all at once. I not only feel overly full, but every attempt I’ve made in the past to limit my portion size has failed. It’s like I have no control and I eat everything in sight.

My 3 Day Water Fast Results and Experience

The Night Before

To be honest I am pretty freaked out that I will be doing a 3 day water fast without food. Can I really do it? I have so much self-doubt. I think that’s the main purpose of this fast, which is to prove that I can do something that feels really hard to do. I’ve been filled with a lot of self-doubts this last year, and I’m hoping this fasting challenge will help me get through this personal rut.

I feel like something drastic needs to happen. I need to step outside of my comfort zone, push my limits and believe I can do whatever I put my mind to, including a 3 day water fast.

I’m doing TWO major changes this week.

One is doing an extended 3 day water fast. I’m only drinking, water, tea, and black coffee. Unfortunately, my morning latte is not included.

And TWO is I’m filling my day with gratitude and self-affirmations.

Everything I’ve read online shows that Day 2 and 3 are the hardest when doing an extended fast, so I have some anxiety tied to what’s coming.

Can I really do this?

How am I going to feel after I complete this challenge?

Will I cave to my hunger, and shove cookies down my throat on the first day? 

Day 1

Right now it’s 9:30 AM in the morning and day 1 of my 3 day water fast. I haven’t started to feel hungry yet. I’m going to need to keep myself very busy and distracted so that the time will pass.

I’ll update you in the afternoon as things progress.

It’s 1:10 PM and I’m starting to get hungry. I’m about to take my scooter for a ride down the corniche, to distract myself. I plan on going to the beach during sunset too so that I can take my mind off of things. 

It’s 8:15 PM- I did it! I made it the first 24 hours without passing out. Woohoo!

I’ve had hunger come in waves. I’ve just tried to keep myself busy with other things. I feel very peaceful. I had a slight headache in the afternoon, but it’s subsided now. Now I just feel really peaceful.

Day 2

10:23 AM

It’s day 2 of my 3 day water fast, and I slept pretty well last night. I didn’t wake up hungry. I had my coffee this morning and a ton of water. I’m starting to feel a wave of hunger. I feel a headache coming, so I made myself some hot water with salt. I’ve read that headaches occur usually on the second and third days, and the best thing to do is to drink salt water. 

After 1 hour, the headache has gone away.

I’ve been so productive- it’s shocking. I was expecting to have issues thinking or doing things, but it hasn’t happened yet. In fact, I limited my workload for this week just in case my productivity decreased. So far, that’s not the case and I’m working at my normal capacity.

It’s 2:51 PM – can the day go by any slower? I’m starting to feel really hungry now. I just made dinner for my family (such a cruel masochistic thing to do to myself while fasting), and the smell of the food is so good! I just want to make myself a bowl and eat and then follow that with a snickers bar.

So, if I broke my fast, it would be about 48 hours. That’s no small feat, but I know I can hang in for the long haul and do this longer. I believe I can, and part of the whole purpose of this fasting journey is to remember that I can do the impossible!

Sometimes we forget what we are capable of, so this fast is to remind me that I can do very difficult things if I just put my mind to it.

Day 3

This is the last day!! Woohoo!

9:06 AM

It’s day 3 of my 3 day water fast, and so far it’s been 60 hours without eating. Physically I feel good. I have headaches come and go, hunger in waves, and I started really craving food. On the flip side, I have bursts of energy and I feel very peaceful. I haven’t lost a pound on the scale! I’ve been drinking tons and tons of water and adding salt when I get headaches. The purpose of this fast is not weight loss, it’s really to challenge myself to do something that I’ve never done before. I just wanted to remind myself that I have done challenging things in the past and that nothing is impossible.

Which got me thinking, why am I challenging myself so much?

Sometimes we do not know our own potential until we have overcome something challenging.

As little as a 3 day fast sounds, it has been a tremendous experience. I did something I’ve never done before, and I am completing what I set out to do. In 11 more hours, I will eat my first meal in 72 hours. Yes!

From what I’ve been reading, days 2 and 3 are the worst. So if I plan to do another extended fast, I feel good knowing that I’ve made it through the hardest days of an extended fast.

6:17 PM

We are going to a food festival. What better way to break this fast, than with some amazing food!

10:15 PM

I did it! I broke my fast at 8 pm and went 72 hours without food. I’ve never had such a good fish taco in my LIFE! It was as if time slowed down as I waited for my order. I had a heightened sense of smell throughout the festival as we went from booth to booth. I broke my fast with a fish taco and Thai tea with boba. It was awesome.

My Overall 3 Day Water Fast Results and Experience

Fasting was peaceful for me. And surprisingly, I had a lot of energy. Hunger would come and go in waves. I had a heightened sense of smell. I lost a negligible amount of weight, maybe 2 lbs total after eating a few days afterward.

Things That Help During a 3 Day Water Fast

There were several things that helped me during the fast. First, was that I stayed hydrated. I drank a ton of water. 

Also, it helped that I didn’t cut out caffeine. I’m a huge coffee drinker, so the fact that I could have my morning cup of joe was great. Normally, I have a cappuccino in the morning from my Breville Barista Express Espresso maker, but during the fast, I only drank black coffee. I’ve never enjoyed black coffee as much as during my fast.

In the evening time, I would drink an herbal tea. If I got a headache, I would drink some salt water. I never needed to take any headache medicine because the headache would eventually go.

Finally, it helped that I had several things to do. I kept myself busy so that I wasn’t just thinking about food all day.

Great Resource for Fasting

The Fasting Method by Dr. Jason Fung

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