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 – 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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