In India, where I am from, fasting seems to be very common among those who want to be more spiritual. I know some people, like David Blaine, religious icons, and so forth have practiced it. However, is it really safe? How would it affect somebody physically? I'm not sure if it is common in any form of martial arts... could somebody fill me in on this?
I don't think day long fasts are really a big deal. My old muay thai instructor would fast pretty frequently for religious purposes. Prolonged fasting I imagine could be pretty harmful, though.
Wieving it from an occidental perspective (with plenty of food) fasting once a while may be even healthy. Not long prolonged fastings, I mean, but spending a couple of days on just a couple of snacks and such.
I know people who once in a while spend a week on salads alone. Somethign like that could be benefitial, provided you don't stuff yourself afterwards, but go back to your old diet (assuming your diet is balanced).
Sometimes I fast an entire day, water or tea only. Mostly because I take a lot of creatine and protein which every once in a while give me indigestion problems. A water-only day long fast seems to help me cope with that. It makes me feel dizzy in the middle of the day, but by afternoon, I sort of snap and wake up.
I've worked with people from the Muslim faith, and I know they experience something similar when they fast for Ramadan. I don't know how they can pull that out during the entire month, though.
Fasting may not be the best of practices for those aiming at sports like bodybuilding where you need to constantly be on top of your food intake, but the practice itself is not harmful, and may even be beneficial. Note, however, I would never recommend that for somebody suffering from diabetes, though.
Read this for flexibility and injury prevention, this, this and this for supplementation, this on grip conditioning, and this on staph. New: On strenght standards, relationships and structural balance. Shoulder problems? Read this.
My crapuous vlog and my blog of training, stuff and crap. NEW: Me, Mrs. Macho and our newborn baby.
New To Weight Training? Get the StrongLifts 5x5 program and Rippetoe's "Starting Strength, 2nd Ed". Wanna build muscle/gain weight? Check this article. My review on Tactical Nutrition here.
t-nation - Dissecting the deadlift. Anatomy and Muscle Balancing Videos.
The street argument is retarded. BJJ is so much overkill for the street that its ridiculous. Unless you're the idiot that picks a fight with the high school wrestling team, barring knife or gun play, the opponent shouldn't make it past double leg + ground and pound - Osiris
I've done days where I've consumed nothing but 100% fruit juice. I tend to feel pretty good afterward.
Papa once (well, a few times) told me that fasting for like 3 days in a row cleans your system. He's done it a few times himself. Gone to work and everything else as normal, just no food or water. He claims a doctor told him about it.
Fasting is outdated, though. The Quickening is where it's at.
Here's some quick info: http://www.healingdaily.com/juicing-...th/fasting.htm
One of the old ATA manuals I have, I think it's the philosophy one, goes a couple of pages into fasting. If that doesn't tell You it's safe, nothing does.
Never done it though, I like food too much.
No water? For three days?
Originally Posted by War Phalange
That's what he said. He said he didn't even brush his teeth for those days to ensure that he wouldn't get any water.
He also said that he'd always daydream about the things he'd eat after he stopped fasting, but he'd always start out with a soup or something to get his stomach working. Nothing real hard to digest.
Last edited by Poop Loops; 6/23/2006 3:09am at .
Be honest. It's hardly as though they are actually fasting for a whole month. They fast between sunup and sundown for the whole month. Big difference. Fasting for half a day is not hard at all. Come sundown and you should see the big feasts!
Originally Posted by El Macho
Single Sign On provided by vBSSO