54 weeks of fasting! Can you believe that?

*Please do not try a long-term fast on your own. Fasts of this duration have not been deemed safe!*

It seems unbelievable, but the subject of the paper referenced below didn’t eat a single thing for 54 weeks! He lost 276 lbs. total.

Here’s something I forgot to mention in the video. The fast took place in 1968 and the paper wasn’t published until 1973. At that time, he had gained back only 6 lbs, from 190 to 196.


Stewart WK, Fleming LW. Features of a successful therapeutic fast of 382 days’ duration. Postgrad Med J. 1973: 49;203-209.

P.S. – Here’s the link to the BBC Documentary :


54 Week Fast, Weight Loss: 276 lbs.