What happens if you don't eat?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Dagless, Oct 19, 2005.

  1. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    Well... not through lack of food in the house, but lack of good food in the house I haven't eaten since 6pm yesterday which makes it around... 28 hours (I think, I've never been too good at maths) of no food.

    I have been drinking lots of pure orange juice though. which is high in sugar so my blood sugar levels should be okay. I may not even be eating until breakfast tomorrow morning, where i'll only have cereal.

    um. so yea, what happens if you don't eat? how long until I pass out :D not that i'd want that. but im happy right now. strangely enough.
  2. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
  3. w_parietti22 macrumors 68020

    Apr 16, 2005
    Seattle, WA

    Go to the store before you lose you muscles! :eek:
  4. Peterkro macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2004
    Communard de Londres
    If you don't eat you don't sh*t and if you don't sh*t you die. :)
  5. scem0 macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2002
    back in NYC!
    Your body gets in "ahhhh he's starving me!" mode and next time you eat it will store lots of fat. So, not eating is a bad way to lose weight and very bad for you in general.

  6. EGT macrumors 68000


    Sep 4, 2003
    ehh!? Go eat some food!

    I know there are some radical diets out there but usually food is part of all of them.

    Food is fuel. No fuel, no ... something.
  7. Grey Beard macrumors 65816

    Grey Beard

    Sep 10, 2005
    The Antipodes.
    Curse you Peterkro, beaten by a couple of minutes.
    Grey Beard
  8. thedude110 macrumors 68020


    Jun 13, 2005
    You lose credibility in other food related threads.
  9. cheekyspanky macrumors 6502a


    Jan 21, 2004
    South Bucks, UK
    I don't know..keep on going and let us know...

    *day 6* "Too weak...to...use....key..board...help...me..."*


    Go eat something!
  10. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    Of which there are currently a shedload. Have a read through them, find something you like the sound of, and eat some of it. :)
  11. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    Sometimes fasting for a week is good for the body.
  12. dubbz macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2003
    Alta, Norway
    I've gone through a couple (many, actually) of 24h++ periods without eating anything. You won't die or anything (yet). Don't delay it too long though. And DO drink. That's more important in the "short term".
  13. Don't panic macrumors 603

    Don't panic

    Jan 30, 2004
    having a drink at Milliways
    eventually, you die.

    of course since this is true also if you do eat, it logically follows that eating is futile.
  14. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    eh, i regularly go a few days here and there with no food in me. why? i dont know, partly because there is nothing appealing around, and partly because i just don't notice it.

    i eat one full meal a day, snack a bit for the rest of the day if i am hungry.

    i know that my eating habits are considered horrible, and that its not good for me, but i haven't lost any of my muscle mass, and i actually have more energy and feel better about myself than ever before, but i am no guide to go by on this.

    the past 24 hours as an example:
    last night i had some pizza for dinner, maybe some chips later on as a snack, and have had nothing to eat all day today, will be having some dinner in a bit when i get around to cooking.

    thats everyday for me. eh im just wierd (being depressed doesnt help i suppose)
  15. Dagless thread starter macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    well i gave in! 10 minutes ago I had a bacon butty, real butter, english muffins (god that sounds like its from a Carry On film) and yea. just nice :)

    My mum said that not eating does some detox thing to your body and is recommended to fast for a day every so often.

    my stats now are;
    no sleep> 49 hours (i just wanted to beat 48 :D)
    no food> 29 hours
    no drink> probably 30 minutes :p
    no football> a decade!

    my usual eating habits are no breakfast, little dinner, huge tea. ive been exactly 10 stone for the past 5 years.
  16. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    I don't really remember going very long without food. The stomach growls and you feel hungry. Survivor training in the Air Force during Nurse Flight School, was a time of going longer without food. We had to scrounge for food.
  17. skunk macrumors G4


    Jun 29, 2002
    Republic of Ukistan
    Nothing wrong with fasting for a week at a time, as long as you drink.
  18. Flenz macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2005
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    This actually made me laugh out loud :)

  19. Giaguara macrumors 6502a

    Nov 22, 2002
    Believe me, you dpn't want *MY* answer in this thread.

    As long as you know how to play your cards, you are fine. When you lose your cards, you are gone. Weight is VERY limited concept in that. /forced smile.
  20. rye9 macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2005
    New York (not NYC)
    Nothing really will happen if u dont eat for a day. U will get hungry but ull be fine as long as u dont become anorexic. :D Then u have a mental disorder. But in general, dont worry about not eating for a day ,it wont harm u one bit. Some of my friends arent anorexic but look it, its really gross. Their ribs stick out and everything.
  21. EJBasile macrumors 65816


    Apr 20, 2004
    You will...
    Be Hungary
    After a while though (4 days or so) your hunger pains won't be as strong
    Lose Muscle because your body will "eat" it
    Become weak
    Possibly start to hallucinate

    Make sure you drink a lot. You can only go 3-4 days without water, but much longer with out water. I remember I had a text book in Med School that said "Symptoms of Dehydration: 1) Thirst....." (haha, thirst?, really? I never would have guessed!)

    Humans (and domesticated animals) are not really supposed to eat 3 times a day. If you look in nature, some animals go days with out eating. Ever wonder why a dog will eat and eat and eat and beg for food its because its instinct is telling it that there might not be food tomorrow for it to eat.

    I don't know why you would want to not eat though. It is uncomfortable and unhealthy. Not eating one day is going to hurt you, two days no, three days your body will start to realize "hey I'm not getting any nutrients, better look somewhere else other than my small intestines". Day 4 your be tired and week, probably have lost a few pounds.

    Not only do I know this from text books, but I've witnessed it first hand. I got food poisoning a couple years ago from some food at a wedding. The specific virus that I had was a really bad case of gastroenteritis, swelling of the stomach and intestines. Basically what ever I at I threw up and what ever old food and bile that was in my stomach was crapped/thrown up. This includes water so I was very dehydrated. I was sick for 5 days before I went to the hospital where I stayed overnight and got fluids and antibiotics. On the fourth day I had no energy, not even enought to stand up for very long. I hallucinated a little too and lost a little weight. If I had not recieved medicine I could have easily died.
  22. True.B macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2007

    Well i've got the same question.(Well about)
    I cant talk to my real friends about this, so i thought that i might ask her and hope for an answer. the thing is that I've decided that i'm not going to eat for awhile, well its not me its just my body. I cant handle it anymore. Sometimes i stop eating and sometimes i start again.
    Its just something that have started to happen over and over again. I’m just 15 and I know that at this age people start to think about what they eat and that kind of stuff, but I don’t really care. I try to ignore the tiny little voice that keeps telling me not to eat. Everyday, everymorning and everynight its just the same thing. I keep thinking about food food food, What I’ve ate and whats going to happen.
    I dont know what to do, i just need an good answer to what happens.:confused:
    I saw some answers, but is it really impossible that I could die?:O
  23. iBlue macrumors Core


    Mar 17, 2005
    London, England

    (really, what are you trying to accomplish?)
  24. miloblithe macrumors 68020


    Nov 14, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Perhaps if you're trying to get the British out of your country, but otherwise...
  25. True.B macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2007

    I really dont know.
    Its just something that keeps happening
    Maybe it is becuase i was not comfortable with how i looked before, but now i really dont care and this wont go away.

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