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Dry Fasting is the fasting technique in which food and water are both avoided overtime. Dry Fasting is exactly opposite of the Water fasting and normal fasting.

Dry fasting is based on many religious fasting like Muslims fast in the month of Ramadan in which the whole day has fasted with no food and water is intaken and then in the evening, food has been taken. The same has been done in Jewish tradition on the event of Yom Kippur and even in some of the Indian tradition, dry fasting is done on many occasion.

Dry Fasting Stages

There are mainly two types of stages in which all fasting techniques including dry fasting is involved. 

The primary stage is detoxification in which food and water intake are stopped for some time, and the afterwards secondary stage is to start the food and water intake again.

Dry Fasting Benefits

There are multiple benefits reported by the dry fasting techniques which are also seen in other fasting techniques.

  1. Weight loss: A practitioner of dry fasting has reported that short term weight loss is the primary benefit that can be drawn in dry fasting.
  2. It also reduces the bad cholesterol level or LDL from the body.
  3. Dry fasting improves the immune system by removing dead and degenerated cell from the body during the first phase.
  4. Many research has proven that dry fasting had given the Practioner that can gain healthy-looking skin due to its skin ageing slowness feature.
  5. Dry fasting can improve resistance to oxidative stress.

Dry Fasting Results

Normally dry fasting results are always direct you to weight loss but we want to tell you briefly about this. 

According to various studies, almost half of your total body weight is due to water, which is affected during the dry fast. But this type of bodyweight is recovered once you start taking water again.

Hence if you want to practise dry fasting just for weight loss, then you should try another type of diet plan or technique besides going for a long duration dry fasting.

Dry Fasting Dangers

There is no better discussion without the talk of limitations and disadvantages on the topic. 

Dry fasting primary disadvantage is that while taking doing it, you are prone to risk like dehydration and persistent hunger, in which avoiding water increase the hunger satiation.

Besides it, water reduction can lead to tiredness, dizziness and weak body position and irritation and prolonging the fast can lead to urinary and kidney-related issues.

Dry Fasting Vs Water fasting

Now we will discuss some points on dry fasting and its opposite technique water fasting. 

Water fasting is the fasting technique in which practitioner only consume water and avoid all type of eatable, while dry fasting avoids even water along with all type of eatable in its technique.

However, water fasting is more preferable rather than dry fasting for the new practitioner as water fasting have multiple benefits as compared to dry fasting. Dry fasting for a long period can activate autophagy in the body.


  • How long can you do a dry fast? 

 Ans. You can do dry fasting for upmost 24 hours and afterwards you must take water immediately. However, 12 hours is recommended for first-timers or noobies.

  • What happens when you dry fast?

Ans. Dry fasting will, first of all, will cut off the water supply from outside and start burning fat for its water supply. Hence it goes after the body internal supplies and reduces the body’s water weight.

  • Is dry fasting good for kidneys?

Ans. Dry fasting supporters claim that by avoiding water for just a small duration of time, kidney takes their time to rest. However, going longer to this path can lead your body health to decline.

  • How long does it take to get into ketosis dry fasting?

Ans. It can take a longer time to get into the ketosis stage via dry fasting and we will recommend that you should try the keto diet or any other diet which induce ketosis.