What’s up guys! Carlo Macapinlac here from
NewbieFitnessAcademy.com. I help busy professionals look good shirtless with minimal exercise
so they can feel more confident and get the most out of their lives. If you’re new to
the channel, make sure you hit that subscribe button to get notified every time I post a
new video every week. It sounds insane, I know. But that’s exactly why I was drawn towards
it. It goes completely against the grain of what we’ve always been told which means
I had to try it for myself. I mean, conventional wisdom tells us to eat
six small meals to keep your metabolism high, right? Or that breakfast is the most important
meal of the day. And I debunk those common myths in my other videos so you should check
it out if this is news to you. And then we’re told that we need to drink 8 glasses of water
a day. Listen, there’s no science behind that. I mean 8 is such an arbitrary number.
Like what if you drink 7 or what if you drink 9? Does it make you less or more healthy?
How big are the glasses supposed to be? Then we get in the world of intermittent fasting
where obviously it’s recommended that you stay hydrated when you go through short periods
of time without food. Which I 100% agree with. Staying hydrated is super important. And that’s where dry fasting results comes
into the equation. And the protocol is pretty simple. You consume no food OR water for a
short period of time. And I get it. It sounds crazy! Why would you do that? It sounds completely
out of left field but the more I read about it, the more research I did and discovered
all the benefits that comes with it, the more it made sense for me to try it. It’s so
powerful that one day of dry fasting equals three days of water fasting. Go figure. Now you can do a dry fast in two ways, you
can do it intermittently or you can do an extended dry fast. There’s also two different
types of dry fasting. There’s the soft dry fast where you don’t eat or drink water
but you still brush your teeth, wash your hands, and shower. But then there’s hard
dry fasting where you completely abstain from any interaction with water. So, no brushing
your teeth or showering. Crazy, right? Being the over achiever that I am, I went somewhere
in between and did a modified hard dry fast where I only brushed my teeth because unless
you’re in complete isolation living off the grid, a fully functioning adult should
brush their teeth before leaving the house. So that was my only interaction with water.
I also decided to do my dry fasting experiment for 24 hours. One full day without food or
water. I feel like one full day will give you the minimum effective dose and a 24 hour
fast is very doable for a lot of people. Because that’s what this channel is all about, right?
It’s all about giving you guys the best information on human optimization with the
minimum effective dose. Now, going into this dry fasting experiment, I already follow a
very low carb, high fat, moderate protein diet which means that my body is used to burning
fat for energy and I regularly do a daily intermittent fasting routine of 16-24 hours.
I’ve also dabbled with 3 and 7 day water fasts and you can find the link to those videos
somewhere at the top here so my body is used to fasting. Alright, let’s see how this
24 hour dry fast went down. Hey, I didn’t die! I think one of my biggest takeaways from this
experience is dry fasting is a completely different animal compared to a water fast.
Because what you’re doing when you take out food and water at the same time is you’re
literally putting your body in survival mode. Obviously in a short term controlled setting.
And this is where the magic of dry fasting happens. Dry fasting activates a hormetic
response in your body and that short term hormetic response is what triggers all the
awesome benefits of dry fasting. Your body eliminates toxins faster and it starts utilizing
cells to create energy and even it’s own water. Your body literally goes full Hunger
Games mode if you’ve ever seen the movie and literally starts looking for weak, old,
and damaged cells and starts breaking them down and recycling them for food through a
process called autophagy. Your body also starts splitting them apart to create water. Talk
about survival of the fittest on a cellular level. Now autophagy is one of the awesome
benefits of doing a water fast but it gets even more enhanced when you take water out
of the equation and do a dry fast because of the metabolic need of your body to survive.
So as you keep doing this like let’s say once a week, you keep recycling old cells
into new ones and this is a great way to ensure that you only have strong and healthy cells
in your body. That’s why fasting is always connected to cancer prevention. You’re giving
your body a chance to do a cellular cleanse and doing a short term dry fast enhances this
process even more. And the key word here is short term. You’re putting your body in
survival mode in a controlled short term situation. Again, I’m emphasizing short term here.
I’m not advocating that you go a full week of dry fasting because dehydration can cause
some serious negative effects in your body. We’re trying to go after the minimum effective
dose here which is anywhere between 24,48, or even 72 hours. Anything over that and you
kinda start getting diminishing returns. Now what makes dry fasting so beneficial again
is the lack of water helps accelerate some of the protective effects you get on a regular water
fast, like reduced inflammation and metabolic health. And the crazy part is water-based intermittent
fasting already has impressive health benefits, like potential cancer prevention as mentioned
earlier, neuroprotection against Alzheimers disease, improved insulin sensitivity, blood
pressure, and cholesterol levels, fat loss obviously, and we’ll talk about that in
a second, cellular repair through autophagy, and sustained ketosis. Again, that’s a good
thing. Now I wanna talk quickly about inflammation
because inflammation and oxidative stress is kinda the heart of a lot of disease out
there especially cardiovascular disease. And inflammation and oxidative stress is caused
by eating too much refined carbs and sugar. When you fast, you allow your body to regenerate,
heal, and get rid of harmful agents more easily. Because again, every time you eat, your body
goes into fat storage mode which also turns off autophagy. Again, autophagy is when your
body cleanses itself on a cellular level. A dry fast can further intensify this cleansing
process because bacteria, fungi, disease and pathogens need water to survive. And if you
take that away, they can’t exist. That’s why dry fasting is so effective when it comes
to healing your body. And the other big thing is inflammation. Inflammation needs water
to work. If you’re trying to reduce inflammation, doing a dry fast is one of the best and simplest
ways to do it. When I first read about this stuff, it completely blew me out of the water.
Pun intended. See what I did there? But it gets even better. Get this. When you do a dry fast and take
water out of the equation, it actually pushes your body to burn even more fat because fat
can be used to produce metabolic water. And I mentioned this a couple of times already
so let’s talk about it. Metabolic water is water that your body makes internally.
That’s right, your body has the ability to make it’s own water. How freaking cool
is that?? So if you’re worried about dehydration when you do a dry fast, don’t be. Your body
is super smart because it wants to survive so it starts making it’s own water to prevent
dehydration. Now you’re probably wondering, how?? Here’s where it gets more interesting. Your body makes it’s own water by breaking
down body fat. And this is one of the best benefits of dry fasting is you get into accelerated
fat loss. That’s why people lose so much weight when they do this. Let me explain.
So when your body starts burning fat, it releases hydrogen into the blood stream. And the chemistry
here it pretty simple. Don’t worry, I’m not talking rocket science here. Here’s
a fat molecule for example. When fat is broken down, those little hydrogen atoms gets released
into your bloodstream. Now, water is made up of two hydrogen atoms that’s bonded to
oxygen. Or H2O. Now when you breathe oxygen and it enters your blood stream, it binds
with hydrogen atoms that’s in your blood stream from the breakdown of fat and voila.
You have metabolic water! I’m gonna give you a couple of seconds to digest that information
for a second. Okay on my next act, I’m gonna show you how to turn water into wine. Just
kidding. Okay, there’s a famous Russian scientist
named Sergei Filonov who pioneered a lot of science when it comes to dry fasting so all
the credit to him. The longest recorded dry fast that he supervised is a mind blowing
18 days. According to Dr Filanov, the body can produce
up to one liter of metabolic water every day which is just wild. Like, isn’t that the
coolest thing? And I noticed this when I did my dry fast, I’m like why am I still peeing?
I haven’t had anything to drink in 24 hours. What’s even cooler is that metabolic water
is the purest form of water you could find because it doesn’t have any toxins from
outside sources. Again, crazy stuff! Like when you drink water from a river for example,
even though the water is crystal clear, your body still has to process that water because
it’s not just purely hydrogen and oxygen. There’s other elements that come into play.
If you want an idea, here’s a microscopic picture of ocean water. It’s not a good
idea to drink ocean water anyway but this really illustrates the point. Nasty. Again,
this is why you lose a lot of weight when you do a dry fast because your body has no
choice but to burn body fat to convert it to water. How cool is that??? And this next point that I’m about to make
here should be obvious but it’s still worth mentioning. If you’re worried about energy,
don’t be. You have at least 20,000 calories worth of stored energy in the form of body
fat. That’s what it’s there for. It’s not just there for looks. It’s stored energy
waiting to be used and fasting, because it regulates your insulin levels, gives you access
to your fat stores. And I always say that the science behind fasting is super simple.
If you don’t eat, if you take a break from eating, you’re probably, most likely, definitely
gonna lose weight. I don’t think it gets any simpler than that. Now here are some tips if you wanna get into
dry fasting. 1. Prepare yourself. If you have no experience
with doing an extended fast or even intermittent fasting. You should not do a dry fast right
away. That’s like signing up for a full marathon when you can’t even go up a flight
of stairs without needing to call an ambulance. You may or may not be able to do it but it
won’t be fun. Build up to it. Start slow. Start by getting your body fat adapted by
eating a high fat, low carb, moderate protein diet first. Then start incorporating daily
intermittent fasting into your routine. Once you’re used to taking a break from eating,
that’s when you slowly take water out of the equation. Again, you only wanna do this
intermittently. Fasting is like a muscle, you need to strengthen it. Dry fasting is
a super advanced version of intermittent fasting. And if you jump into it, without preparation,
you’re probably not gonna have a very pleasurable experience. Next, how long should you dry fast for? I
think anywhere between 16 to 24 hours should be doable for a lot of people. Again, you
wanna go after the minimum effective dose here. You might feel weird when you do a dry fast
for the first time because you’re literally going against your body’s natural instinct
especially when it sends signals that it’s thirsty but know that you’re gonna be okay.
You’re doing this for its therapeutic and healing effects and the accelerated fat loss
is just icing on the cake. And again, dry fasting isn’t anything new.
Muslims for example have been doing this since the start of their religion. During Ramadan,
Muslims do a dry fast during daylight hours which is about 12 hours on average. And they’re
fine. Talk to your Muslim friends and ask them about it. Fasting is also used by nearly
all religions as a form of cleansing. And if we take it back even a step further and
go back to our paleolithic times, fasting was a way of life and it wasn’t by choice.
Our ancestors went through days or probably even weeks without food and sometimes without
water. If our bodies didn’t have the capability to adapt to these harsh conditions, we would
not have survived as a species. Yet here you are, watching a video about dry fasting. How
cool is that. I hope you’re starting to see that this isn’t as crazy as it seems. Now when you’re ready to break your dry
fast, just start by drinking a glass of water and trust me, It’ll be the most satisfying
glass of water you’ve ever had. And once that settles, just have your regular meal.
Do your best not to hit up your local all you can eat joint. It’ll probably make you
sick and defeat the purpose of your dry fast. Just eat like a normal human being. What about exercise? Some people don’t recommend
it and some people do. Honestly, just see how your body feels in the process. If you
feel good, then go for a workout. If you don’t have the energy, then it’s best to just
take it easy and maybe just go for a 10 minute walk. I’m a gym rat and exercise is very
therapeutic for me so I decided to work out anyway. My body was literally screaming at
me afterwards because I was so thirsty but it eventually went away most likely because
again, my body just created it’s own water. Boom. At the end of the day, once you’ve followed
the tips I just gave you to prepare yourself, try it and see how you feel. If you don’t
feel good, break your dry fast and drink some water. If you still don’t feel good, break
your fast and eat some food. It’s as simple as that. I hope you’re starting to see that
dry fasting isn’t as crazy as it sounds. Just aim for the minimum effective dose. In
my opinion, 16 to 24 hours once or twice a week is more than good enough. It’s a nice
change from regular intermittent fasting. Actually, I don’t know if “nice” is
the right word for it. Let’s just call it an interesting change from water fasting.
Again, we’re after the healing effects through the short term hormetic response by your body.
Listen, a little stress in your body can be beneficial as I explained in this video. It’s
kinda like exercise. It’s a type of stress. It’s good for you in small doses but overdoing
it can be harmful. Fasting is the exact same way. So again, please do your research and due
diligence if you’re thinking about doing a dry fast. This is purely for self experimentation
and education purposes only. My last tip, just listen to your body. It’s perfectly
normal to feel thirsty when you do it, if you start to feel sick, drink some water. Okay, the next question then becomes, how
are you actually supposed to eat once you break your fast? Because let’s be honest,
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