40 days and 40 nights fasting and prayer…

40 days and 40 nights fasting and prayer…

My first meal after 40 days of fasting…

Last week, I completed my 3rd “40 days and 40 nights” water fast.

This is my 2nd 40 day strict water fast in 2020 … (I did a 41 day fast from Jan 11th – Feb 23rd) because this year, 2020 is my 49th year, my goal is to do 3 x 40 day fasts within this year with a focus on fasting and prayer. 

I am not sharing this discussion on my fast to boast or to look cool, but to try and inspire people esp. my Christian friends and readers to get into fasting.

Whether you are Christian or not … prayer and fasting is magical and crazy positive things happen each time I fast.

My next 40 day fast will be from Sept. 1st.  Until then, I fast 3 x a week (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday). 

I DO NOT have an eating disorder. I just enjoy the experience and gain a lot spiritually from fasting.

Fasting is very very healthy. 

I have personally witnessed fasting cure stage 4 cancer.

… there is loads of information on the net about how fasting has proven to cure even cancer.

I posted this same photo that I am using at the top of this blog on my facebook … and a few people say that I look ill. 

But I think it comes down to perspective on what looks “ill” vs what looks “healthy.”

I am not training for an endurance challenge right now; and since it was COVID-19 lockdown in France, I did not do anything, but fast and prayer for the 40 days …

I DO NOT CARE about the negative comments telling me I look bad or sick – if anything, the negativity helps keep me focused.

Although my 40 day fast was focused on prayer…there is a very positive health benefit with fasting.

I am 49 years old and weigh the same as I did when I was a 15/16 years old Junior in high school; my body fat % is just above 10%, but well under 11%.

This year, my goal is to be healthy and lean, not muscular. 

Of course, at the end of a 41 day strict water fast, I was emaciated and very thin, but  … since my fast is over, I have gained a couple kilo, but I want to maintain this lean-ness. For spiritual reasons, I continue to fast 3 days a week.

A few days after my 40 day fast from January 11th – Feb 22, 2020

Fasting is NOT difficult.

The hardest part about fasting is the negativity you will get from the people around you.

As discussed in other blogs I have posted on my previous fasts, the process of strict water fasting is very simple. 

The process:

You drink only water — there is NO need to add fancy Himalayan salt to your water. 

When I fast – I drink bottled water (Evian, Volvic or a cheap French brand) and that is it.

I do not drink any juice. I do not add lemon, not even a lemon slice to my water — I only drink water.

I do not take any supplements or vitamins, etc.  (even when I am not fasting, I do not take supplements or vitamins)

The first 5-7 days is a challenge ….

You will be hungry, and uncomfortable — but you must understand… of course you will be uncomfortable, you are not eating — that is the point.

Fasting is not meant to be easy.

HOWEVER you are NOT going to die from fasting a few days so fight the hunger and keep going.

Don’t stop…because after 5 days, your hunger will be gone – and you will begin to feel a fasting high, and you will have non stop, constant energy.

Note:  The healthier your diet, the easier and quicker the first 3-5 days will be. 

Example – because I fast so often,  my body is already fairly clean, thus I don’t have the same detoxing issues and almost no strong hunger pains, and usually after 3 days, my hunger is gone.

Normally, after 5-7 days your hunger is completely gone and the fast will become easy — but you still need to ensure you drink lots of water.

DON’T over think fasting. 

Too many people over think fasting and worry over nothing …

You are NOT going to die from a 21 day water fast!!!!!

You DO NOT need to be supervised when you fast.

Personally, I do not need a coach when I fast — therefore, I have never been supervised while fasting … and I know many other people who have fasted without being supervised.

The people who say you must be supervised when you fast, surely are trying to sell you fasting services or coaching. 

YOU ARE NOT GOING TO DIE FROM WATER FASTING.

Most people have extra body fat stores, thus most people can easily fast 21-40 day without any problem….because when it is time for your body to stop fasting, you will become uncontrollably hungry and then you will eat. 

No problem. There is so much crap and misinformation out there about fasting.

Please …. please …. please …. Don’t listen to the stuff on YouTube or Facebook and the people moaning and moaning about how hard it is to fast…

To be honest — fasting 14, 21 and even 40 days is NOT as difficult as it sounds.

However… You must want to fast more than you want to eat.

If you have never fasted before — DO NOT try to fast 40 days right away. 

If you have never fasted before … I suggest you fast for 14 – 21 days …. the hardest part is the first 5-7 days, After that, fasting is very easy.

I always recommend people to fast for 21 days because it’s a great achievement —- but importantly, if you can fast 10-14 days, you can easily fast an extra week … and during a 3 week water fast, you will lose a lot of weight and detox your body — fasting is massively healthy.

Most importantly, fasting for 21 days is a great achievement – and it will have a positive impact on you, as well as people around you.

Also, spiritually, going 21 days only drinking water … will be of a tremendous benefit whether you are Christian or not.

Negatives of long fasts:

For me the main negative is insomnia. 

I get severe insomnia when I do long fasts.

Many days I would get less than 3 hours of sleep …. But incredibly…even with such little sleep,  I still felt great during the day.

Fasting is not very social.

I am sure most people who break their fast sooner than they planned is mainly because they are bored. 

For some reason, people put such a big emphasis on “social” … and I know too many people who tried to fast for a certain period of time … but quit before achieving their goal because they missed “eating” and the social aspect of eating.

But is eating and socializing really worth it??? 

To stop a fast a few days earlier than your goal because you miss eating with your buddies…is it really worth it? 

Constipation.

I fast so often that I no longer get constipated, but I know most people who begin water fasting experience constipation — and too many people quit their fast because they worry for nothing over their constipation.

My advice is drink lots and lots of water and when its time, you will go to the toilet – don’t worry. Remember – you are not eating, therefore, you dont have anything to crap out except excess stuff you have inside you …

For me — After day 2, I normally don’t have to take a crap for several weeks …because there is nothing left in me.

To be honest … I can’t think of any other negatives of fasting. I love to fast.

Positive of fasting:

Many many positive things from fasting….

Detox your body from all the sugar as well as the chemicals in our food, esp. For the people who live in America and eat meat.

You will lose a lot of weight

You will feel amazing (after you get over the first 5-7 days)

You will have a positive impact on some of your friends and family.

It’s biblical … “when you fast…”  NOT “if you fast.” 

I enthusiastically/highly/strongly recommend fasting to all my Christian friends and family. You will experience magical, supernatural breakthrough – if you focus on the fasting with prayer.

Dry Fasting

In 2019, I fasted 140 days .. mostly, broken up into 3 day dry fasts.

(From my experience) I think it is a myth that dry fasting is 3 x more effective on ones health than water fasting.

I do not see much of a difference in the health aspect of dry vs water including % of fat burning during dry vs water.

Personally, I like to dry fast – and for me, dry fasting is easier than water fasting.  The only real negative of dry fasting is that I can not exercise while I am dry fasting and I get tired easily.

In 2019, I did many 3 day dry fasts as well as 6 x 5 day dry … 1 x 7 day dry and 1 x 10 day dry fast.

I also did a 3 x 21-24 day water fasts.

I dry fast for spiritual reasons.

The longest dry fast I have experienced was 10 days.

Your body creates water from your fat stores – so as long as you have extra body fat, your body will be able to generate water.

I want to reiterate:   I dry fast for spiritual reasons; and although I love to dry fast, I do not recommend dry fasting to people who have never fasted before.

My final thoughts

If you want to water fast, read about it so you know what to expect – pick a period of time, organize your life around the fast, and then make it happen.

DO NOT LISTEN TO ALL THE NEGATIVITY YOU WILL GET FROM THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU, INCLUDING FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

Fasting is much easier than people think.


If you are Christian … get into fasting, especially if you need a breakthrough in your life.  Fasting and prayer is magical.

Check out the following sermons on YouTube: 
“Derek Prince – fasting and prayer”  and “Jentzen Franklin – fasting and prayer”

For more detailed information – checkout my previous blogs.

https://scottragsdale.com/2018/02/21/40-days-40-nights-water-fast-challenge-achieved-completed/

https://scottragsdale.com/2017/05/17/35-days-without-eating-or-drinking-anything-but-water/

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43 thoughts on “40 days and 40 nights fasting and prayer…

  1. Hi Scott, i hope you’re well.

    I’m writing to you from Brazil. Today i’m achieving my 26th day of my first 40-day water fast.
    The reason i’m doing this comes from a meditation which i had this errand from Spirituality to do a fast like Jesus on the desert.
    I never did any kind of fast before, i was in a very dangerous situation on my health:
    obese, hypertensive, smoker, sedentary, and close to turning 41 years old.

    And what a i can say is that, exactly like you said: after 5-7 days it becomes pretty much “easier”!!!

    One of my most importante source of inspiration to do it was your blog, specially the post you published on 2018’s February. It teaches me a lot not only about the fast proccess itself, but how to deal with negativity around me and the right way to prepare my environment to do my fast.

    As you said, the fasting is a quiet time, to think and pray, and i’m experiencing a need to stay alone, not to gather with friends and so on.

    I’d like to thany you so much to share your experience, inspire me, and indirectly teache me how to win this challenge!

    Now, i still have two more weeks to go and in any moment i had some doubt about to win it!

    God bless you, mate!

    • thanks for your message — great effort making 26 days (by now 27) happen … you are very close — but be prepared for the last week to become a big mental challenge … but if you are heavy, and carrying extra weight — for certain you can fast another 2 weeks without any difficulty- but just be prepared for it to become a harder mental challenge.

      Please drop me a message at day 30 and then again at day 35. keep going!!!

      • Hi Scott, how are you?

        I only saw your reply today. We won this 33th day with honor and glory!!!

        Until now i’m still fine, with my mind strong, no conflicts to quit at all.

        I’d like to ask you about the return of solid nutrition, how was your proccess? What did you eaten on the first days?

        I’m inclined to adopt a plant based diet for the most of time, but i’m a little worried about the impact of the first meals on my organism, what do you advise me?

        In time: until today i lost 20kg, and in these last 14 days i’m doing exercises, something i never did before. My girlfriend is a personal trainer, so she is taking care on me with this issue.

        Bless you!!!

        • eat watermelon and soup …. and dont worry about this. I had miso soup, and watermelon … but i did have a full large pizza on day 2 and half a french baguette with butter.
          i am not the best at giving advice for breaking the fast. good job and no matter what … go to the end of your goal. you are nearly there.

          • Hi Scott, this was the 35th day and our victory is near!!!
            I’m feeling insomnia as yountold on your first post, now i’m about 46 hours awaken, but my mood is great and i’m not feeling tired.

            I’m pretty excited to achive the goal on next monday!!! I eliminated 22kgs until now, i was first level obese (125kg) and it’s simply amazing to see my clothes too large on me!!!

            I’m keeping my exercise routine disciplinated and anxious to finish this fast to go to gym to make my next purpose: to build an athletic body, with six pack abs and so on!!!

            Cheer on me, i’m almost there!!!

            Best wishes!

          • great job. do not stop … no matter what. the last couple days might be a mental challenge … but stay strong.
            its definitely worth a few nights of insomnia to achieve your first 40 day fast. BUT … make sure you do not fall back into your bad eating habits. By Monday you will have lost at least 26 kg so stay focused.

          • you have 4 days left? you began the fast you were 125kg? so you are down to around 100kg now? stay strong and dont quit until you achieve your goal.

          • Hi Scott, i”m pretty strong!!! Today it’s the 39th day and it’s been really easy. On June 12th was Valentine’s Day here in Brazil, i cooked a dinner to my girfriend and not even tasted the food while cooking, instead of if i asked her to taste. Even in this challenge was easy. Tomorrow will be the last day, i’m so happy to know i’ll achieve this goal even never tried any kind of fasting before!!!
            Today my weight it 103kg, i don’t think i’ll reach two digits, but with the mindset i have now, will be easier to do that.
            Today i said to my girlfriend that i’m thinking it’s so easy to fast absolutely for 40 days and nights that i’m willing to make at least two per year, and planning the next to start in next November.

            Tomorrow, at midnight, i’ll send you a message to inform you that my goal was reached!!!

            Thanks for the support and good energy!

          • Hi mate, i did it!!!

            I finished my first 40-days and 40-nights water fasting!!!

            There’s no such feeling to describe what i’m feeling!!!

            Thanks for the support!!!

            God bless you!!!

  2. Vinay Martin

    Hi Scott, you are spiritually connected now! Happy to see that, wish you happiness, love and good health.

    I have decided to start fasting 3 days a week for a month and then take the 21 day Fast.

    I am used to keeping Lent and be a vegan post sunset for 40 days. This will surely be a new experience.

    Keep sharing and take care.

    Lots of love!
    Vinay

  3. Great post, I am currently fasting (day 13) and reading posts on the benefits fasting motivates me to continue. Agree with your take on ignoring the naysayers, most people are afraid to skip a day of eating much less fast for days on end. I generally don’t tell people when I plan to break my fast and take it one day at a time.

    • hey, great job fasting 13 days. make 21 days happen. if you have fasted 13 days … you can easily fast another week, and 21 days is an iconic length … and will allow you to detox your body and mind … plus you will have a huge positive impact on your close friends and family … and ideally it will inspire them to get into fasting.
      i have thought of you several times over these months, and appreciate your first comment.
      if you decide to go for 21 days, let me know, and keep me posted.

  4. Thank you, still going strong as my goal is 40 days. I find that I derive more health benefits the longer I stick to the fast so I have every incentive to go for as long as I can.

    Your posts on getting rid of excess to gain heightened clarity on life’s simple pleasures resonated deeply with me. I initially got into fasting to get rid of excess body fat I was carrying, to control my addiction to unnatural highly processed foods and train my body to appreciate the flavor of natural foods. I think we in the West are trained as consumers to seek a constant high, to always be on the hedonic treadmill. It blunts our ability to enjoy things in their baseline state, to recognize the beauty in everyday present moment…the result being we’re never in the present moment, always fixing after another “high”. Fasting has taught me to un-learn many of these self destructive addictions, I have never returned to the past habits which took away my time, energy and happiness.

    I am looking forward to reading more of your posts on these interrelated subjects, terrific work.

    • interesting … the next blog i am going to post ideally by the end of today is related to this very theme you mentioned.

      Are you religious? if so, what religion?

  5. Looking forward to that post, your content is very informative

    I am an atheist but I am interested in all things spiritual and mystical. My hometown is Konya – home of Rumi – so there is a strong spiritual Sufi strain there. I’ve learnt about the Sufi fakirs and their ascetic practices (fasting, minimalism, etc.) while I was visiting the Mevlana Museum. I now live in the US but used to take trips back to Turkey twice a year before this pandemic.

  6. Thank you so much for this report 😀! Thanks to God you’re safe, because it means I will also survive my next waterfast. I thought your first 40 day fast a few years ago (2018?) had incapacitated you because you disappeared. That blog encouraged me to complete a 40day water fast. It was my first attempt at water fasting — the rest had been intermittent fasting. Now that you’re back, I’m encouraged to plan my next… I dont know how long it should be though 😂

    • i didnt disappear – i fasted more than 140 days in 019. I dont blog about all my fasting.
      what is the longest you have fasted?

      • 40 days and 40 nights was my longest. It was in the cold season. All the other 4 seasons of Botswana are so hot that afterwards, I always fell short of 2 weeks. The cold does wonders for me. I’m now on day 8 of my water fast.

          • I’m on day 18. I started aiming for 40 because I managed to finish it last year. But now I’m just waiting for my 21st night to end so that I can eat. REASON: unswallowable saliva…unswallowable water.. bitter taste in the mouth. I spit throughout the day and night. Lol, I wonder why no one in this blog is suffering from it. Any help, Scott? If it weren’t for this 1 problem, 40 was going to be easy. I experienced the same problem when I did the 40 last year. Apart from this small problem, my body and mind are strong.

          • as weird as this sounds to my non believing friends, pray and meditate on it … and maybe it will go away. the only real negative i experience is insomnia and ultimately, i sleep less than 3 hours a night many days later in the fast.

            i have never experienced what you refer. what about trying a perrier? or a sparkling water?

            21 days is still very good. let me know how you end up

  7. I also find dry fasting easier than water fasting. But it requires higher determination.

    It is a pure mental challenge.

    p.s. After reading your post I will give this 40 day water challenge a try later this year.

  8. brother, just reread your article

    you do not cite any psalms, proverbs or verses that you use in difficult moments during the fast

    are there any particular that you find most helpful?

    p.s. Prince’s YT video was excellent

    • Derek Prince’s “prayer and fasting” sermons are great – and I have watched them all several times over.
      Mahesh Chavda has a great book on fasting and prayer — i highly recommend it.

      As for not mentioning more in my blogs … I try not to inflict my faith onto the readers … thus as of now, try to be a shinning light and not discuss too much my faith.
      However – Psalms 23, Det 11-12 and all of Isaiah 43.

      ideally, through being a light in the darkness, it will bring people to see the way.

  9. The sparkling water you suggested tastes glorious!! I’m amazed 😃! Scott you’re a gift from above.
    I’m psychologically stuck with ending at 21 days though. 40 days ñext time.

  10. Thank you for emphasizing it is biblical to fast, (and pray). As important as it is learning how to fast it is even more important to learn how to break a fast. Diving back into, for instance the standard american diet could surely kill you. you have to restart your digestive system slowly and calmly.

  11. You inspire me Scott. I feel the same way about water fasting like you. Wrapping up my 7th day today. I feel not hungry at all but I fancy food. I am keeping busy by creating meal plans to stay fit and have weight off of me for a long time when I break my fast. My longest fast was 13 days last year in July. I had many mini fasts since lasting up to 7 days. This time though, my goal is to pass 21 days and see how I am feeling. Good luck to all fellow fasters here and thank you Scott for your sharing your experience! Cheers!

  12. Hi I’m at 5 days on my water fast , going for 40 days and 40 night . I just drink water with lime . I was inspired by Jesus Christ . I do feel hungry but I feel like the spirit is giving me strength to endure.

    • stay strong and focused. in a couple days your hunger will be completely gone.
      update me when you get to day 20. make it happen

  13. Vitaliy Surova

    Hello, Scott,

    You continue to both impress and inspire me. Thank you for taking time out of your very busy life and answering questions that come your way – I hope that you can answer these too.

    1. It’s amazing that you dry fast FOUR days a week! Haha. Incredible. Do you just eat a lot of food during the other three days? And how come you break up the days versus doing four days straight and then three days of eating?
    2. You mentioned that during one of your 40 day water fasts you gained an extra 6-10 pounds to make sure that you were able to make it – how much do you fast leading up to a 21-40 day water fast? You don’t dry fast as much, do you?
    3. I’ve done lots of 2+ day dry fasts, 3-5 day water fasts, and eat a pretty good diet. I want to do a 21 day water fast and then do a 40 day water fast, so I’m trying to plan my life to make it happen. How long would you recommend I wait in between fasts? I usually weigh between 160-170 pounds at 5’10” so I don’t have tons of fat.
    4. What are your thoughts on Moses’ 40 day dry fast? Do you think that it’s possible for a person in a normal situation to do? I’ve heard people say that they think something happened to strengthen his body since he was in the presence of God. But then again people told me that a person will die after not having any water for three days haha, and you said that you have done a 10 day dry fast. Exodus 34:28

    Again, Scott, you are so inspiring. Would love as much detail as you have time to give – I check often for new comments on your blog and have converted dozens of fasting converts. Haha. Proverbs 13:20. You’re a blessing, brother.

    • Thanks for your comment. As you have noticed, I am a huge fan of strict water fasting and dry fasting … I recommend fasting for both spiritual and health reasons.

      I sometimes get people who leave comments saying that I am lying about my running a full marathon on day 30 of a 30 day water fast … or doing daily 90 minute to 2 hours of cardio during my first 40 day water fast …. Or lying about dry fasting.

      But I just shake my head in disgust …. and ask why would I lie about any of this?????? To look cool?

      I have achieved some cool things in my life; and have experienced a great deal … so anyone who reads my blog (anyone reading this) can trust that what I am discussing about my experiences is the truth.

      I do not need to make shit up to look cool.

      With that said – because of the power of fasting and prayer (even for people who do not believe) I encourage everyone, including non-believers to get into fasting and prayer, thus I always reply to good questions or comments on my blog.

      You ask great questions that will surely add value to anyone who has a keen interest in fasting.

      1.) My dry fasting 4 days a week.

      When I am not doing longs fasts, I “dry” fast Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. I have been doing this for 2 years or so…

      Example, it’s 4am Monday right now and I began this week’s fasting last night at 8pm. I don’t set a specific time, and consider my fast begins when I wake up on Monday and ends when i wake up Thursday morning …. But I usually stop eating and drinking 7-8 pm on Sunday night.

      My dry fasting means NOT eating or drinking anything … but its not the hardcore style of “dry” where people don’t touch water …

      example – although I don’t drink anything, I still brush my teeth, shower and even jump into our swimming pool (its very very cold and I like the cold water when I first wake up)

      I chose “3 day” dry because of Jehoshaphat’s story in the bible … I assume you know it, but for anyone reading this who doesn’t know the story of King Jehoshaphat check out in the bible or google: “2 Chronicles 17:1 – 21:1”

      Several months back, for spiritual reasons, I added an extra day (Friday) dry fasting for spiritual….and it became part of my schedule and weekly ritual.

      Looking back … several years ago, When I first got into fasting it was just for the mental challenge … but now my fasting is entirely focused on my “Christian” faith and this is the main reason I fast — and I highly recommend everyone, even non believers to fast.

      Although I do not purposefully eat a lot of food when I am not fasting … My wife and friends joke that I seem to eat a lot more than most people on the 3 days a week that I eat.

      I live in a small village in the mountains of the South of France … and there is an awesome bakery (boulangerie) in our village (this bakery makes the best bread I have ever experienced anywhere in my life)… and the ONLY thing I miss when I am fasting is the French bread (French baguette) and on the days I am not fasting, I really enjoy toast with salted butter….and since I fast 4 days a week, I do not worry or think at all about how much I eat on the days I am not fasting.

      My wife jokes a lot about how much I eat … I read her your question about if I eat a lot during the 3 days a week that I eat, and she laughed and said yes!!!

      2.) My gaining weight before a 40 day fast vs when I didn’t gain weight before the fast ….

      The best fasts I ever experienced were my 30 and 35 day fasts (the first couple of years, before I got really into fasting and prayer and was fasting for personal challenge and health reasons, I did many 24-30 day water fasts) … and the best I ever felt was during those fasts…

      And I think it had to do with my cardio sports training … I was running at least 60-90 minutes a day throughout the entire length of those fasts …. I felt great … i felt so good that I became addicted to fasting. When I water fast and run in the morning.. I would feel just amazing throughout the day. It’s really amazing feeling.

      I would finish a 30 day fast … and then very quickly miss the non-stop, constant “fasting high” that I experienced …. So I would begin again after a short break (but during that short break, I would eat lots to purposefully gain weight) then begin another long fast a month or several weeks later … this was before I switched my focus from “personal challenge/health” reasons to focusing the fasts on prayer and “spiritual reason” like they are now.

      The first time I tried to go after 40 days …. I got to day 35 and I woke up with a surreal, super strong hunger … and I stopped mid day 35 of a fast where I was trying to get to 40 days ….

      Upon reflection, I think I was too skinny, and had burned all my body fat, thus I became so hungry.

      A few months later, when I decided to go after 40 days again … I gained extra weight specifically to ensure I had enough body fat on me in the later stages of the fast … and it worked well, and I achieved the 40 days.

      But the next 40 day fast I went after, I started too thin …. And same thing that happened when I tried the first time, I got a very hungry day 36,37 … and I think I was too thin at the end of the fast, but I made it to the end of that 40 day fast.

      …. However the experience was not as good as the first one … but mainly, at the end of the 40 days I was so thin that it gave a negative image to long fasting …. so i had several people say on facebook that I look ill, too thin, etc … as if my fasting was hurting me.

      (I would like to add that I do not use any social media and quit facebook months ago, and I will not go back … In my opinion its all become too negative and a distraction that doesnt add value to my life — but this is just my opinion. I understand its useful to most businesses as well as for many people. Its just not for me)

      …Then I began my weekly 3 day fasting (before I added the 4th day) … so when my next 40 day challenge came, I started the fast too thin (I think) and I did not feel great during the fast.

      Also, I didn’t experience the same fasting high as before, and I was much less active because I was more tired. Surely all related to lack of body fat and being too thin and my body not being able to find the body fat it needed to burn for energy.

      Thus, each time I am going to do a long fast, I will gain weight before … but now that I am so into my 4 day dry fasting … a few months back, I tried to go after my 3rd x 40 day fast within 2020 … and I got to day 14 and stopped because I couldn’t get into it (I was hungry and distracted and couldnt get my head into it – I am sure because I was too skinny, and mentally not into it) … so I decided to just stick to my 4 days a week fasting … and not do another long fast until beginning of 2021 — however, I am still strongly considering fasting the month of November … and will decide in the next day or two if I do.

      I think most people who try to fast 40 days fail because they have no experience fasting and do not know what to expect or get bored and or have lots of negativity around them not supporting their fast …. But for me, the times I failed it was purely related to being too thin when I started. (at least I think that’s why I failed)

      Also – the 2nd 40 day fast I did in 2020, I did very little cardio and I felt tired and lethargic the entire fast …. Thus I MUST do cardio every day when I am fasting …. HOWEVER, i can not do the same level of cardio training when I am dry fasting which for me is the only negative I can think of when it comes to dry fasting…during my dry fasts, I can’t do active long runs or long rowing machine sets.

      3.) How long between fasts …. Since you seem focused … for certain you will achieve 21 day strict water …. And when you do your 40 day just depends on you and your schedule.

      Ensure you organize your fasts around your schedule. I think the reasons most people fail is because of lack of support from the people around them (esp. In america where everyone is an expert and there is so much negativity); and then its boredom.
      Fasting is NOT social. You can do these 2 fasts within a 4 month window … but it just depends on your mindset and schedule.

      Many people try to fast … but stop after 2-5 days. The toughest part is the first 5 days … after 5-7 days the hunger is completely gone and fasting becomes very easy. Since i fast often, I don’t have much to detox, thus my hunger goes away after a few days … but if you have fasted 5 days before, the 5th day is one of the hardest, thus you never experienced the “fasting high” and or that great, consistent non stop energy that one feels after 7 or 8 days of fasting.

      Also, I think too many people focus on the negatives of fasting ….but, as I tell everyone: fasting is NOT meant to be easy!!!

      Fasting is supposed to be a challenge. Consider going after your 21 day fast challenge from Nov. 1st …. Then go after your 40 day fast from Jan 5th or so….

      4.) Dry fasting and how long can one go…

      In 2019, I did a 10 day dry fast …. Upon reflection, I am sure I could have gone longer.

      I am a faithful Christian, thus I believe in Jesus and that he achieved 40 days … and Moses’ 40 day fast… their fasts were spiritual and unquestionably supernatural … people either believe or they do not believe and too much time is wasted debating trying to prove one or the other right or wrong. One has faith or they don’t have faith.

      I have read and also watched on youtube people say the body cannot fast more than 3 days without water …. (this is total bullshit)

      I have done many many 5 day dry fasts …. 7 days and even 10 days dry.

      I did not come close to dying and in fact I am sure my body could have gone longer than 10 days.

      (10 day dry fast is much much easier than it sounds. The only issue with dry fasting is that I can not do cardio or exercise and I get tired easily …. But I don’t need to sleep much)

      I do not recommend dry fasting to anyone who has never fasted and/or to people who do not know much about fasting.

      Dry fasting is very very very mental — if you put your mind to it, you can dry fast 3 days in perfect health … but if you are in an environment that bashes you over the head constantly with negativity and complete lack of support, one will surely feel sick and feel like they are going to die, etc.

      For the past nearly 2 years, When I am not doing long fasts, I have been dry fasting 3-4 days a week … and I will stick to this schedule for my foreseeable future.

      I chose to break it up and do 3 days + 1 day because 3 days is the same fast as Ezra, Esther and Jehoshaphat. And my fasts are focused on spiritual reasons, not just trying to achieve dry fasting 4 days in a row.

      I recommend fasting to everyone … especially to to people who are sick, tired, and directionless.

      I am sure you agree – but for the other readers who still worry about fasting….
      I wish to reitterate:

      NO ONE IS GOING TO DIE FROM WATER FASTING. It is NOT dangerous. The typical American diet and being fat like majority of Americans are is 10000x more dangerous than doing a 40 day water fast. For all the readers – I strongly suggest you DO NOT waste anytime reading or listening to negative bullshit being spread by moaners on the internet about fasting. Fasting is amazingly healthy, and has even proven to cure cancer.

      Also, for Christians … we are expected to fast. “When you fast….” Matthew 6:16 doesn’t say “if you fast….” And fasting and prayer is just an awesome awesome awesome experience. I highly/enthusiastically/strongly recommend fasting to everyone.

      Hopefully, I answered your questions.

      Keep me posted on your fasts.

  14. Vitaliy Surova

    Wow. Thank you so much for that response! You definitely take “detailed” as detailed. Really, really appreciate it.

    I’ve read what you said multiple times now and look forward to applying them. Thank you for the suggestion of that specific 4 month window – I’m going to do the 21 day starting November 1st as you mentioned. I hope your potential fast in November goes well!

    Thanks again so much.

  15. Hi Scott,

    I love the inspirational nature of your Fasts. This year during Lent I completed my third 40 day water only fast (note: I do take a daily does of salt 1/4 tsp a couple times a day when fasting, as a habit I have developed over 20 years) to now have done a 40 day water fast three years in a row during Lent. I will be taking a few years off of extended fasting but definitely see some long fasts in my future years.

    I would like the opportunity to discuss some of my experiences and compare and contrast them with your advanced fasting experiences if you would like to contact me via email.

    Best regards, Sam

    • Good job on your successful fasting. I do not claim to be an expert … I like to fast, and I fast often, but I am no expert. As for the salt … I have tried both, but I prefer without; and I fast for spiritual reasons, thus I add nothing since those in the bible added nothing.

      But I don’t enter into debates or discussions on this topic. I don’t add anything to my water — but this is what I consider to be a “water fast” BUT how other people water fast is not my business so I don’t debate the topic.

      A much more interesting discussion is on your comment about taking a break from extended fasting …

      Why are you going to take a few years off from extended fasting?

  16. Hi Scott

    I just wanted to say thank you for your blog!

    I love the positivity and have realised how much difference it makes just by one person saying it can be done.

    Every time I have thought of giving in, I have thought about changing my mindset to a positive one.

    I am on day 30 and praying I am able to have the grace to continue.

    • 30 days is great achievement. If you are going for longer … just stay strong and positive.
      keep me posted

  17. Shad Lungenyi

    Hey Scott Thank you so much for this ! I’m praying God would continue to bless you and guide you, because i really needed this testimony and advice. I’m on my 5th day of fasting (i am embarking on 40 day fast and prayer because God called me to do so) and i was going crazy and the was mental games being played in my mind prior to reading this like “did God really call you to 40 day fast or was that just yourself” and “You don’t have to do 40 come on maybe 10 and the 21 lets be realistic” but i was calmed by reading your post and realised it was all out of hunger and that this stage is the most difficult and that i must press on in faith and grace. So thank you for the encouragement, motivation and advice you’re greatly appreciated brother !

    • stay strong … the next couple days might be the toughest. after 2 or 3 days your hunger will be completely gone and the fast will become very easy.
      stay strong.

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