He lost 125 kilo­grams and entered the Guin­ness Book of Records.

Peo­ple are divid­ed into two types: some begin to lose weight grad­u­al­ly, while oth­ers go on a hunger strike to get rid of extra pounds. But doc­tors do not rec­om­mend prac­tic­ing such a rad­i­cal method, because it can be harm­ful to health, and after los­ing weight it is easy to relapse and gain weight again. At the same time, many peo­ple find it dif­fi­cult to fast even for one day, and sev­er­al days with­out food are already con­sid­ered a record.

It’s hard to believe, but 27-year-old Scot Angus Bar­bi­eri did the impos­si­ble in 1966 — and did not eat for 382 days. It turns out that the young man refused food for more than a year.

Before the exper­i­ment, he weighed 207 kilo­grams and real­ly want­ed to lose weight. Angus con­sult­ed doc­tors and fast­ed under their super­vi­sion. Ini­tial­ly, he planned to not eat for sev­er­al weeks, but after see­ing how the kilo­grams were burn­ing off, he got involved in the process. The man had a lot of sub­cu­ta­neous fat, which is why he was able to fast for so long, because the body fed on inter­nal reserves.

What did Angus Barbieri’s diet consist of?

  • Zero calo­rie drinks — water and tea;
  • Mul­ti­vi­t­a­min com­plex and sep­a­rate­ly vit­a­min C;
  • From 93 to 162 days — addi­tion­al dos­es of potas­si­um;
  • From 345 to 355 — addi­tion­al dos­es of sodi­um;

Results of the hunger strike

Dur­ing the 382 days of the exper­i­ment, Bar­bi­eri lost 125 kilo­grams, becom­ing almost unrec­og­niz­able. From 207 kilo­grams he dropped to 82, end­ing his hunger strike on July 11, 1966. Sur­pris­ing­ly, the shock­ing exper­i­ment did not affect the man’s health — he was full of ener­gy, and in five years he gained only 5 kilo­grams. Angus Bar­bi­eri start­ed a fam­i­ly and raised two sons before dying at the age of 50.

How­ev­er, it is not worth repeat­ing such an exper­i­ment — even on issues of short-term inter­mit­tent fast­ing, it is impor­tant to con­sult with doc­tors. After all, every body is unique, and for many peo­ple even light fast­ing pro­grams are strict­ly con­traindi­cat­ed.

Read also: Dr. Atkins diet: how to eas­i­ly lose weight with­out starv­ing your­self

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