We have challenged you to restrict the period in which you eat meals into an 8 hour window, and then fast for the remaining 16 hours of the day.
But what if you were to fast for a full 24 hours? What are the benefits?
There a plethora of reasons why giving fasting a go for 24 hours is a great way to help reach your health goals. Some key benefits include:
Weight loss - more effective and noticeable than a 16 hour fast
After 18 hours into a fast, your ketones spike as your liver glycogen is depleted, putting you into a primarily fat burning zone.
Stabilized blood sugar levels
Lowering high blood pressure
Improved metabolic regulation
Increased energy levels
Reduced risk of cancer and other diseases
There are many studies that even say that fasting for 24 hours or more can help you live longer
...among many other benefits. A 24 hour fast is a form of metabolic optimisation.
The body can last months without food, but, for many this will be a huge challenge. The most difficult part of a fast is mentally breaking eating habits of daily living. There is no way around it. You just have to pick a time, and stick to just water during that period.
Hot tips for a 24 hour fast:
For your last meal before you start the fast, make sure it’s a healthy nutrient-dense meal
Stay hydrated. Aim for 3L of water throughout the day
Have a large pinch of Himalayan rock salt per litre of water that you drink
Get a good 8 hours of sleep
Limit any excessive physical exercise or exertion
If you are struggling with just water, try herbal teas or a teaspoon of coconut oil
Examples of what your 24 hour eating window might look like:
A good idea is to run your 24 hour fast from Friday or Saturday, through to Saturday or Sunday. Some examples of this could be:
2 pm Saturday, through to 2 pm Sunday
7 pm Friday, through to 7 pm Saturday
Just remember: There is no failure. If you can’t make it the full 24 hours, don’t beat yourself up about it. Simply set a goal to go a little longer for the next fast.