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I did a 3-day fast - stopped eating for 72 hours

What The Last Day Was Like of My 3-Day Fast

I stopped eating for 72 hours

Today is the second day of my 90-day fat-loss and beautiful skin challenge, and also the last day of my 3-day fast. 

The day started off shaky, literally, when I woke up at 02:00 and started throwing up. I don’t know what made me feel so sick. After fasting for two days, all that could come up was black coffee and bile. 

I couldn’t go back to sleep and started watching YouTube videos and planning out my diet and workout plan for after I break this fast. I also did some yoga and an ab workout. 

I wanted to get the maximum amount of benefits out of my fast, so I moved a lot throughout the day. I carried on cleaning and organising my house and even baked some low-carb brownies to have as dessert after the fast. 

Oddly enough, the only time I actually became hungry during the fast was this afternoon. Before that, I felt weak, sure, but never hungry. I visited my mom in the afternoon to distract myself and then went shopping when there were only 2 hours left on the clock. I wanted to time it well, so that my fast would end by the time my food was ready. 

I wasn’t sure what I was going to buy, but I took my time browsing through the isles at the store. I am starting a high-protein diet, which I will try for a few months. I have mostly been following a ketogenic diet for the past few years, so I think I need to try something different in order for my body to start changing. I ended up buying:

  • Tuna
  • Mature cheddar cheese
  • Chicken breasts and thighs

Seeing the timer on my fasting app reach 5 minutes, 2 minutes, and ultimately 0 was one of the most thrilling things ever. 

I broke my fast with some tuna, cheese, and a chocolate brownie, and then an hour later, I had two scrambled eggs with some beef and liver sausage and another chocolate brownie filled with peanut butter. 

In total, according to MyFitnessPal, my calories and macronutrients for the day were: 

Calories: 1494

Carbs: 37 g

Fat: 107 g

Protein: 96 g

Fibre: 7 g

Sugar: 2 g

If you told me a year ago that I would complete a 3-day fast, and do it over the start of the new year, I probably would not have believed you. I am so proud of myself. This has been the perfect jumpstart to my 90-day fat loss challenge and my skin has already cleared up quite a lot in such a short amount of time. 

I am really excited about the year and decade ahead and see quite a few extended fasts in my future. Before I challenged myself and did this 3-day fast, part of me thought it was impossible for me to go 72 hours without eating. Now that I know it is possible, I will definitely do another 3-day fast in the future. The part of me that obsesses over things wants to do another extended fast in a week, just because it made me feel so good, but I know that I have to give my body a few weeks to rebuild. 

Ideally, it would be cool to do a 3-day fast once a month, but I don’t want to give myself set rules anymore. So whenever I feel ready again, I would like to do it again. Who knows, maybe I will do a 5-day fast at some point this year or even a 7-day fast. 

The possibilities are endless, but for now, I just want to aim to get at least 90 g of protein in a day and to make decisions every day that will help me become my best self. 

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