Bassem Youssef’s latest post reminded us that going longer than eight hour without food will not make us “starve to death.” In his post, Bassem Youssef discusses his latest health trial; water fasting. No food whatsoever, just plain old water for 4 whole days. While the idea might seem radical to some, water fasting has been practiced all over the world for thousands of years. Several studies have shown that restricting your diet to only water for a few days could lower the risk of some chronic diseases, help with blood pressure and has many health benefits.

Some of the benefits of water fasting:

  • Clears the mind
  • Restores a youthful condition to your cells
  • Increases Insulin Sensitivity
  • Improves function throughout the body
  • Lowers Stress Levels
  • Improves Digestion
  • Gives your organs a break
  • Lowers the risk of heart disease
  • Weight loss is a byproduct of fasting

However, it is recommended that a water fast does not exceed 72 hours without medical supervision to avoid putting yourself in any health danger.For those interested in following a water fast, Redeem Health offer supervised water retreats in El-Gouna, with specialized medical supervision. Their retreats are not just about fasting, they also have educational sessions to keep you well informed about diet and lifestyle that will enable you to go back home fully in control of your health.

Bassem Youssef is no new figure to the health scene, he has been known for his advocacy for a Plant-Based Diet (PBD). The Facebook group ‘Plant Based Diet (Egypt)‘ of which he is an admin has reached almost 500,000 members, helping spread awareness of what a PBD is and offering a safe and supportive community for those following a PBD. In his post, Bassem Youssef discusses that he has been practicing intermittent fasting (limiting eating to only 8 hours a day) for the past 2 years. He decided to spark things up and take on the water fast for 4 days, he discusses the preparatory steps he took in the days leading up to his fast as well as explaining that “Your body has enough glucose and glycogen in your blood, liver and muscles to keep you sustained for 24 hours… at the end of that period your brain struggles to find new source of energy. The body then switches to ketosis, burning fat. Research has shown that extended periods of fasting the body gets its energy 90% from fat and only 10% protein so the myth of the body eating into its muscles is false.”


Read Bassem Youssef’s Post About His Experience Below: