Water fasting type that into Google these days and what you’re gonna find is hundreds and hundreds of search results Saying that it kills just about anything and I mean anything But how much of this is actually true? Water fasting may have become a mainstream diet trend but it’s a practice that’s been around since pretty much the start of Sophisticated human consciousness. It’s been going a long time Like a really long time but a practice so old surely. There’s a lot of scientific evidence to back up all this good stuff. It supposedly does There’s not a lot. Hello everyone if you’re new welcome to my diet series if you’re old We appreciate pensioners here The purpose of the diet series on my channel is to investigate diets that are trending in mainstream media I plan for this series to go beyond individual diets and to investigate diet practices and “trends” that people are doing all across the world. That includes water fasting. So the general layout is I’m gonna explain to you what the diet is I’m gonna show you the footage of me doing the diet the befores and afters and then we’re gonna go into the science part the the fun stuff the real sweet spot So the reason this diet came to my attention is because I noticed there on YouTube anytime someone puts in 7 day water fast no food for a week. They get like 3 million views. Mad. And I was concerned that a lot of these videos were just promoting it as a weight-loss tool. It’s not talking about how good it is for your body how bad it is for your body any side effects? And it’s not doing it scientifically. It’s just a bunch of people just starving themselves, for views. With that many views as well. You’ve run a risk promoting a really unhealthy dietary practice. so … Obviously, I was exceptionally concerned. That was until I watched a video by Wild We Roam. Wild We Roam didn’t promote water fasting as a diet, … But rather as something that can help heal your body. Wild We Roam suggested that people water fasts to promote Autophagy. Now Autophagy is the process in which your body breaks down and recycles old cells? It’s been reported that this process can help prevent heart disease Alzheimer’s and even cancer But this only works if you allow your body to rest completely and avoid any form of stress or pressure and this got me thinking how … scientific is that? Because if you take one look online, it suggests that a three day water fast can make your body feel amazing. So many sites are promoting 24 to 72 hour water fasts for body health and spiritual mindedness Yeah, they’re also promoting it as a weight-loss tool basically saying starve yourself It will be great. So I thought okay, I’m gonna investigate this So originally I was gonna do a 72 hour fast, but I used to be Anorexic and that was a that’s a big bombshell just to drop in there. So casually sorry that was a lot. I used to be Anorexic. So I used to fast quite a lot. It wasn’t really fasting It was more like brutal starvation But I know that I get incredibly sad I get incredibly angry and irritated if I don’t eat I don’t really want to subject anyone to 72 hours with the devil child that is myself So I thought I’d stick with a 24 hour water fast. So I went on a 24 hour water fast to investigate how it affected my body and my mind. I’m gonna show you guys if there are any visible changes to my body and I’m also gonna tell you the science behind the water fasts So I’m just gonna chuck you guys over to past Elena and you can watch me be hungry … See ya I look like shit … hehehe … that’s good … I look like I haven’t slept in a year, but I’ve actually Slept for 12 hours. What are my eyebrows doing? Good morning water fasting That’s something we’re doing Drinking my water. And before anyone says Eleanor the plastic bottles are bad for you. I’ve been reusing this for like two weeks It’s getting a bit grubby. I probably should recycle it. So far we’ve probably drank 200 milliliters of water and it’s 12 o’clock Yeah, I I don’t have a clue what happened there It’s going well So, I’m trying to sew up John’s weightlifting gloves. I don’t know why he doesn’t just buy a new pair, but apparently there’s something particularly special about this pair So here I am It’s quite relaxing to be fair it’s therapeutic But the downside is I’m not actually very good at sewing or knitting Or any tactile kind of sport. I’m aware. I just called knitting a sport but there we are. It’s a good Strong hole now, and we all love strong holes … Don’t know when I became a housewife …. but you know … Might just go buy him some gloves to be honest I’ve given up on the gloves considering my fingers are now black and blue and I’m going to do a nose mask thing because I have spots. But if Ellbat is mom Cheeky …. oh shit. Those are the instruction Oh Oh Didn’t work, what have I done wrong. Oh there supposed to pull the plastic off Wow, I’m so good at this … Ellbat .. You are a beauty child … Beauty Guru Ellbat Oh wonderful chug-chug-chug-chug chug chug chug!WOOOO We are getting there boys Two o’clock whoa, so on a traditional water fast, you’re supposed to do like nothing all day But what fast recently just people crack on with their everyday lives. So instead of following the traditional replenishing rate of water fast. I’m gonna do what people are doing now in the mainstream dieting version of water fasts. Which is just crack on I really need to like go outside. I just I want some fresh air. I want to walk around a bit So and I thought I’d better do that earlier on in the fast before I like run out of energy completely Yeah, so I’m gonna go to town with my mother. I think she wants to go shopping for some bits and I’m just gonna walk around and drink my water and hopefully there’s a toilet because sisters’ gonna be weeeing like all day Going out with my mom was not the best idea ever because it just smells really nice. There’s lots of really nice food None of which I can eat. So now I’m tired. And I’m hungry. It’s not a great combination. If you know me personally get a little bit bitchy when that combination takes place Get me home Get me home. We’ve been in town like three hours and Not happy Hey, I’m so tired And sleepy, this bed is so comfy. For anyone wondering, uh, I’m in the MLS bed section. So come and find me. Talking to my camera Shez, you know, because I don’t have actual friends to talk to She’s not even listening to me see even my own mother doesn’t in fact love me. What is this so I’m back We’re back home I’m just about to start editing my video that’s going up tonight But probably not cuz I’ve only left myself 4 hours to edit three hours got a little bit of a headache I think it’s because I’m not drinking enough but energy wise I’m … I’m okay. I’m doing okay But we’ll see how I feel this evening. I’m just too tired to do this. I cannot be bothered I feel like ass I’ve had a shower and now in bed and I honestly feel so bad like you can do the old thing You know, it’s fine to get out of bed It’s not fine. I’m dizzy. I feel sick and I have a headache Mmm, but we’re almost at the 24-hour mark guys. We’re almost there Physically there were visible changes. I’m a lot less bloated I felt a lot more empty I guess but not really in a good way because I also felt exceptionally weak and this is because of the science first things first There is very little scientific research into the benefits of water fasting and the research there is there is all on a long-term fast and when I say long-term fast I mean seven to 10 days so websites that are promoting these 24 to 72 hour fast as body healing miracles well They’re not Scientifically backed there’s not to say that the reported benefits don’t happen, but they’re not back scientifically. So if you’re doing a water fast for exclusively the benefits, such as the healing part, you you’re better off doing it for seven to ten days But there is the other issue. Water fast should not be done unless they are medically supervised and that’s because for starters twenty to thirty percent of the water that you take in every day comes from the food that you eat if you remove the food You’re gonna have to drink twenty to thirty percent more now. I don’t know about you Most of us forget to stay hydrated on a regular day let alone a day where we have to drink 20 % to 30% more. And dehydration can actually kill you. So it’s not looking great. Along with dehydration water fasting can cause orthostatic hypotension now that is the dizziness that you feel when you stand up most of us know how it feels to stand up and feel like we’re In space but this takes it to you know next levels We’re in a milky way not to mention If you suffer from gout chronic kidney disease an eating disorder heartburn If you’re pregnant or old you cannot do a water fast because they are exceptionally dangerous for you You can actually die. Please don’t do that. I know I said that O.A.P.s and seniors were welcome on this video You welcome here, but you’re not welcome to water fast. Now. Here’s the big one. Weight loss Yes water fasting can help you lose weight. There are so many videos on YouTube at the moment that promote water fasting as a weight-loss solution But there are catches with this, for starters. You might not be losing the right type of weight. What you can lose is water weight and muscle mass not the fact that you think that you’re gonna be losing. Now muscle mass is incredibly important because obviously your body cannot function without muscles it just doesn’t work. So if you’re doing a diet so that you look more toned, that’s bad news because without muscles, you can’t look toned. Not to mention that as soon as you finish your water fast You’re gonna want to gobble down a burger, but you can’t because you might risk refeeding syndrome. Now refeeding syndrome is where you basically disrupt all the electrolytes in your body from going from nothing to a lot incredibly quickly and what a shocker it can kill you So basically when you finish the fast for this the next day it’s recommended that you drink only smoothies, then the day after that maybe some soft boiled vegetables then the day after that you can start working in more complex carbohydrates like brown rice brown toast things like that I don’t know about you, but this sounds like an awful lot of things that can kill you. This is like the Australia of diets. You know, it’s a lot of things that can kill you. But there are some pros to this diet for starters There’s Autophagy which I mentioned earlier. It may improve your insulin and your leptin sensitivity, which means that you may be more effective in reducing your blood sugar and also in understanding the signals between your stomach and brain that tell you you’re hungry this can stop you Overeating and can help prevent diseases like obesity. These benefits have been shown in rats mice and single-celled organisms like yeast But the problem is there are no full bodied studies showing them on humans And that’s because a lot of the times they need to cut open your brain so Might be some ethical issues with that one There are some studies that showing longer fast of 10 to 11 days water fasting can help reduce your blood pressure But again, there are no studies that support this in short-term fasts So in conclusion people looking to do water fasts purely to lose weight should look somewhere else. Because there are so many things that can go wrong with water fasting is just not worth doing it not to mention the overall Irritation, there are at least six things I’ve talked to you about. They can actually kill you. So, whilst I personally don’t believe in going on diets. I believe in changing your everyday diet to become more nutritious and healthy for you if you are that I’m doing that make sure that you choose a diet that gives you a good amount of nutrition because at the end of the day losing weight is not just the goal here. Health should be the goal and health looks different on everyone But the thing that we all have in common is that we all need nutrition. So don’t go on a mass restrictive diet like this because if you’re just looking for weight loss the risks are just too high So do the research find a diet that’s going to better support your body and your long-term health. If you are thinking about doing a water fast for some of the other reasons that I mentioned. Make sure you get someone to watch you. Ideally someone who is a medically certified practitioner because water fasts are dangerous, make sure you don’t fall into any of these categories because is exceptionally dangerous for you to do it. And it’s not worth your life to try out a water fast. Seriously, if you liked this video give it a cheaky little thumbs up. If you didn’t like it give it a thumbs down It’s a free world you do you boo and I’ll see you next week with another video Although, if you are subscribed to my second channel, you’ll be seeing me a lot sooner because I am posting on there tomorrow, and it’s going to be a video of my boyfriend. COOL, all of my fitness, my vlog, My Q&A, my cooking with Ellbat, all of that is now on my second channel. All of the old videos are up there now and I am posting new ones as we speak. So if you like that kind of content when I posted it … Make sure to subscribe and I’ll see you over there hit the little notification bell and I’ll see you soon Yeah leave a comment down below of diets that are trending or individual people’s diets that you’d like me to look into and we can give them a go together Let’s break it down. We’re like, we’re like the Mythbusters of diets with the diet Buster’s Hell, yeah, maybe I should rename this series there Diet Buster’s BYE!!!!!!