After a few months as a stay at home dad I’m doing some spring cleaning this week. Currently I’m on day 3 of a 7-day water fast. This means only consuming water, not avoiding water. So far this fast has been pleasant.
A seven-day water fast is a requirement for our Expedition Instructor (XI) certification. In a real survival situation, we advocate that the survivor fast and await rescue. In order to have any credibility advising this, you have to have done it.
Personally I’ve completed eight 7-day water fasts and one 11-day water fast. While there are some potential problems for people with specific medical conditions (about which I don’t know very much), for the vast majority the population it’s not only doable, but likely beneficial. (You can read more about some of the benefits at Mark’s Daily Apple).