A Man Who Refused to Eat for 382 Days and Lost 275 Pounds

A Man Who Refused to Eat for 382 Days and Lost 275 Pounds


Boy, the lengths people will go to lose weight
is sometimes downright scary. I’m sure you’ve heard of those questionable diet pills, teas,
and even body creams that supposedly help you burn fat. But one of the most dangerous
ways to slim down is prolonged fasting, and one man took it to the extreme when he stopped
eating altogether for over a year! Now, it goes without saying but I’m gonna
say it anyway and probably more than once: the following case should NOT be attempted
as a way to lose weight. But it is fascinating nonetheless, as far as a story about what
the human body is capable of… In 1965, 27-year-old Angus Barbieri checked
himself into Maryfield Hospital in Dundee, Scotland. He was just a normal guy, worked
at a fish and chip joint with his dad. And perhaps a diet of fried foods was what contributed
to his obesity. In any case, his weight at the time was 456 pounds. He told the doctors
that he was ready to refuse food to lose weight, and they hesitantly agreed to monitor his
progress. So, mind you, this was all very carefully medically supervised! At first, Barbieri wasn’t planning on fasting
for too long. And even to this day, most doctors agree that short fasts are more effective
than long ones. So the physicians at Maryfield recommended that he didn’t go more than
40 days without food. But days turned into weeks that turned into months. Barbieri kept
on refusing food past the 40-day limit because he said that he felt okay. He had his goal
weight in mind and what seems like unbeatable determination to reach it. Buuut that wasn’t
the only thing that kept him going. Again, that’s where the doctors’ help came in… For the entire duration of this unconventional
weight-loss journey, Barbieri took potassium, sodium, and vitamin supplements since he wasn’t
getting any nutrients from food. And he didn’t refrain from drinks either. But the ones he
had were very low-cal. They included mineral water, tea, and black coffee, although toward
the end he started adding some sugar and milk. The vitamin diet seemed to be working alright
since Barbieri didn’t experience any problems that would require him to remain in the hospital.
He stayed there in the beginning just so doctors could keep an eye on his health, but he was
given the green light to go home since his body was adapting to the hunger so well. One
of the physicians said that patients usually had to stay in the hospital to resist their
temptation to eat, but Barbieri had shown amazing will power and spent most of the time
at home. He only had to go to the hospital regularly
to get tests done. And the doctors did, in fact, notice a very low level of glucose in
his blood. Glucose is basically your body’s energy source that it gets from food, and
the low levels confirmed that his body really was in starvation mode. But, surprisingly,
running on an empty tank didn’t interfere with his daily routine, and he said that he
felt fine. The only thing the Scot had to do was leave his job at his dad’s fish and
chip shop because, well, that would’ve been way too tempting! On July 11, 1966, Angus Barbieri’s headline-making
fast finally ended. After 382 days, the now unrecognizable man had lost a whopping 276
pounds. He’d reached his goal weight of 180 pounds. He’d end up with a Guinness
World Record for the longest fast known in history: 1 year and 17 days! By now you must be thinking, “I bet he immediately
wolfed down a 5-course meal after starving for over a year!” But, actually, no, he
didn’t, and for good reason too! That likely would’ve overloaded his system, so chances
are a heavy meal would’ve simply come right back up. Barbieri just had one boiled egg,
a piece of bread with butter, and a cup of coffee for breakfast. In his words, he really
enjoyed his small simple meal, and it filled his tummy right up! He also said that apart
from feeling a bit weak, he didn’t have any major side effects. At the end of his fast, Barbieri was looking
forward to a vacation in Spain and a gradual return to eating with a careful eye on keeping
his weight stable. He slowly worked himself back up to a normal life with ordinary food
and portions. The doctors were shocked by not only his unbeatable will power but also
the unusual ease with which he lived without solid food for so long. But what really stunned everyone was that
he was able to keep the weight off! From the very beginning, the doctors were especially
doubtful about this factor. You see, most people who try extreme diets like this usually
just end up yo-yoing right back to where they started. That is, the body doesn’t keep
the weight off. But once Barbieri went back to eating normal meals, he only gained 15
pounds. Angus Barbieri eventually moved to England,
where he settled down and started a family. Although he holds a pretty incredible world
record, it’s worth noting that Guinness has since stopped recognizing such extreme
fasts so that people don’t try these sorts of dangerous stunts themselves. But from a medical perspective, the case is
quite astounding. How on Earth was this man’s body able to go so long without food? Well,
in 2012 Australian author and science commenter Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki gave a lecture on the
radio where he explained the chemical processes that allowed Barbieri to survive without food
for over a year. According to the doc, after 2-3 days of starvation, energy starts coming
from the body’s fat stores. Some fat molecules can be transformed into glucose, that “fuel”
I mentioned earlier. In theory, the human body can live on these
fat stores until they run out. But after that, you get into really dangerous territory because
it’ll start feeding on the muscles. And although these fat stores can keep the body
going, that doesn’t mean the person will be in good health. That’s why Barbieri was
given supplements and monitored very carefully. Still, scientists believe that this “starvation
mechanism” has deep biological and evolutionary roots. You see, our ancient ancestors didn’t
have the luxury of a fridge chock-full of food or a grocery store right around the corner.
They had to go days without eating when they were hunting or looking for edible plants.
These fasts could be even longer during the winter, probably lasting for weeks. And the body adapted to these conditions.
During long periods of time without food, all internal processes – like breathing
and heart rate – become slower so that the body doesn’t use up and, thus, require as
much energy. But winter, no matter how long it was, wouldn’t last for years. Once early
humans would start eating regularly again after the rough periods of little or no food,
then all those processes sped right back up. People who start fasting often notice that
at the initial stage, they have an unusual clarity of thought, almost as if their brains
are working more efficiently. Scientists have an evolutionary explanation for this too:
it was during hunger periods that a malnourished brain had to think of a way to get something
to eat. If the brain shut down when the body stopped getting food, humanity would’ve
never survived. It sounds quite reasonable then that we’re
not supposed to have unlimited access to food all year round. There could be a natural scheme
of fasting and eating that’s not only safe but also beneficial for our health. Still,
it’s hardly possible that our ancestors could survive without any food for any longer
than a few months. And that’s why Angus Barbieri is such a medical anomaly! To this day, there’s no scientific proof
that fasting for longer than 40 days can do any good. In fact, there’s more proof that
it’s extremely harmful. Although those doctors back in the ‘60s were willing to help this
guy on this dangerous path to his goal weight (or perhaps they felt they really didn’t
have a choice since Barbieri had told them he was gonna fast with or without their help),
it’s highly unlikely that such a thing would happen today. And that’s because there are so many safer
options when it comes to healthy weight loss. Doctors nowadays can set patients up with
a nutritionist that’ll draw up a diet and exercise plan for safe gradual weight loss
over time thanks to long-term lifestyle changes. That is, starving oneself is certainly NOT
the way to do it! But we can see the case of Angus Barbieri’s
record-breaking fast as proof that the human body is a fascinating mechanism to say the
least! And what ways do you think are the safest
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100 thoughts on “A Man Who Refused to Eat for 382 Days and Lost 275 Pounds

  1. In a other video you said you can't survive over 3 weeks without food and what docter would agree with that

  2. I thought my record of not eating for a day was amazing.
    This dude out here not eating for a year and he’s fine.

  3. This is true, I stop eating for months (ik yall are laughing and dont believe me but is fine) and the only thing I ate was 1 apple, milk, water,and that was my food for 1 day every day.. lost 70 pounds doing thing but then stop cause it wasn't good for my health so I had to eat normal again

  4. My food I eat a day is 1 bowl of ramen noodles, 2 cups of water and 4 peices of bread sometimes steak

  5. How about eating one time a day and exercise a lot?🏃‍♂️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♂️❌🍝🍔🍕🍆

  6. Incredible!! Fasting is extremely important “mind, body & spirit” … his fast was extreme but seems to have been beneficial for his goal … 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 .. I’ll continue to fast the normal way lol .. I’m only a 175 pounds and not looking to lose weight!! I fast for spiritual growth & a healthier body.

  7. This is a Mentioned in ancient Hindu scriptures. The way we were taught about our bodies were lies. You can live off of food forever. And not only that but Hindu Yogis are able to make energy from the very prana or life force energy from the air. This power is called the power of Nirahara. And people who express this power of living off air are called Niraharis. This is nothing new. Our bodies are able to do extraordinary Shaktis or powers but it has been suppressed by society because people who can sustain without food and water are hard to control and manipulate.

  8. u got that there wrong actually ….prolonged fasting is batter then short time fasting …… please check prolonged fasting

  9. Angus Barbieri: I can go 382 days without eating.
    Kids in Africa: We're about to end this man's whole career.

  10. According to wiki he took extra minerals. And used some sugar and cream to his coffee at the end of his fast. So it was not completly a water fast.

  11. stopping food as of today 3 of september 2919 i am terminally ill this could help me die quicker …had a half of a baked potato yesterday -never again -i willsmoke and drink gallons of water esp. if hungry but if sober and awake then none -nota thing to eat until iexpire the REASON WHY IS THIS COUNTRY DOES NOT RECOGNISE PAIN UNLESS I LOOK BAD WELL INEED MEDICAL HELP AND DO NOT WANT TO DIE IN PAIN ……FED UP SYSTEMBUT IT WORKS SO NO FOOD AS OF TODAY UNTIL 20TH NOVEMBER

  12. You shouldn’t starve well u could use some tips, it might take a while but it’s the safer way:
    1:exercise a lot but not that much.
    2:don’t eat junk food.
    That’s the easiest and done u might lose some weight

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