According to doctors, a person who eats well can live without medical consequences on a diet of sugar and water for 30 days or more.

However, a man from Scotland proved that it is possible to starve for more than a year.

The Guinness Book of Records writes about it.

Angus Barbieri lived without solid food for 382 days.

He weighed more than 200kg when he visited the Royal Dundee Infirmary in June 1965.

Barbieri told staff at the facility that he wanted to give up food altogether in an attempt to lose weight, and doctors agreed to monitor his progress.

According to diabetes.co.uk, doctors prescribed him multivitamins and yeast, believing he would likely have to fast for a few days at most.

But they didn't expect Angus to go 382 days without food, instead subsisting on drinks like tea and coffee, soda and vitamins.

Angus Barbieri / Photo: diabetes.co.uk

This is definitely a dangerous and unhealthy way to lose weight and should not be "tried at home".

Incredibly, except for low blood glucose, Barbieri suffered no side effects from the extreme diet.

However, he only went to the toilet once every 40-50 days, which must have been quite strange.

When the Scot finally relaxed his strict regimen, he preferred to add a pinch of sugar or milk to his hot drinks before breaking the fast altogether.

The first meal he ate was a boiled egg with a slice of bread and butter.

"I really enjoyed the egg and I felt very full," he told reporters.

According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, he completely forgot what food tasted like after a year of not eating anything at all.


Starving turned out to be successful: Barbieri managed to drop from 214 kg to 80 kg and keep the weight off.

His experiment was recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the longest fasting ever recorded.

Despite the success, experts explained that his case is very unusual and should not be recommended.

They explain that because Angus was overweight, his body was primed for fasting.

"For people of normal weight, prolonged fasting can cause health complications, including increased stress on the heart, even with nutritional supplements," they explained.

"So no one should try to fast for that long. This dates back to the 1960s when prolonged fasting was studied with frequency, but there are other studies from that time in which patients experienced heart failure and in some cases starved to death."

It will be recalled that the woman told

what happened to her body

during the 18-day hunger strike.

She drank only tea and water.