My Experience With A 24 Hour Juice Fast - This Is Trouble

My Experience With A 24 Hour Juice Fast

Last Saturday, I participated in my first 24 hour juice fast.  I do intermittent fasting every day (16 hour no feed period) from about 6-7pm to 11am the next day.  I decided to take it a step further this time.

24 Hour Juice Fast Schedule

The night before the juice fast, at about 9:00 PM, I had a burrito bowl to go from Chiptotle.  Double meat with veggies and I did cheat a bit and get some cheese.  I wanted something pretty satisfying for my final meal.  Granted, after doing more reading, perhaps it would have been more beneficial to transition myself to just juice; but I digress.

I had a 6am-6pm shift the following day, so I just didn’t pack anything in the morning.  I knew the majority of my day would be spent sitting in my cubicle, and frankly, when I get bored – I sometimes eat.  So I simply eliminated any chance of that – no cash for a vending machine snack, and no food.

As soon as I got to work, I started drinking water.  Anytime I was hungry, I just filled up my Gatorade bottle with more H20 and continued on.  Finally, at about 9am, I went to the grocery store to buy juice.  Granted, the store bought juice isn’t as good for a 24 hour juice fast as making it yourself, but I don’t have a juicer.  It seemed better than nothing.  I drank about 16oz when I got back to the office, and stuck it in the fridge.

24 Hour Juice Fast

24 Hour Juice Fasting

24 Hour Juice Fast – The Hard Points

At my normal lunchtime – 1pm — I started to feel the hunger pains coming on.  So I went and had another small coffee cup (~8oz) and felt fine afterwards.  I continued drinking water throughout the rest of the day, and had another glass or two of juice during it, as well.  I will admit, I did feel slightly light-headed and tired.  I also have to admit that it very likely could have been due to the strain and fatigue that comes from waking up at 5am on a Saturday and staring at a monitor from the time you wake up to the present moment.  In the future, I would probably try to do a 24 hour juice fast on a shorter shift (9am-6pm) day.

By the end of the day, I was still feeling good.  I got home about 6:30, and continue drinking water – as I forgot the bottle of juice in the fridge at work.  At about 9:00pm, I had a leftover turkey burger and a chicken breast with some noodles.  Post juice fast, it was one of the most satisfying meals I have ever experienced.

24 Hour Juice Fast – Conclusion

First and foremost, it was nowhere near as hard as I thought it would be.  I will admit though, I do well with fasting.  When I lost 80 pounds in high school, I did it by accidentally doing intermittent fasting and skipping breakfast every day – though I had no idea what intermittent fasting was at the time.  Nowadays, I do well with it because I know exactly when I’m allowed, or not allowed, to eat.  Because I know that *during* my feeding periods, I like to eat.  I’ve got decent self restraint, but if you put pizza or BBQ in front of me, I have no chance.  Knowing ahead of time when I can or can’t eat is the best way I have to regulate.

In conclusion, everybody should definitely try it out.  I am going to try to do it once a week, and I may even try the next one solely on water as opposed to doing the juice.  I’ve also realized the need to invest in a good juicer, so it’s time to pony up the cash and just buy one.  It’s one of those things I’ve been procrastinating a lot on.

I felt great the day after doing it.  If you’re looking to shed some weight or just want a quick cleanse, you could do a lot worse than a 24 hour juice fast.

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