A man who identifies as breatharian claims he can go without food for three months, getting his nutrients from the air and the sun.
Khai Ho, from Liverpool, UK, is so committed to the Hindu form of meditation that despite being a healthy 82kg, he claims he can survive on just 100 calories a week, eating mostly mints to stop the ‘bitter taste’ in his mouth.
“I have never really felt hunger and never took much interest in food as a child,” the 28-year-old said.
“My mum was always worried about me and still is, she often cooks for me and I have to tell her not to bother as I won’t touch it.
“I could never really embrace that state of consciousness that I was after, until about four years ago when it became more serious.”
Khai claims he gathers his nutrients from the sunlight around him and that he can even take in moisture that he needs from the air.
Inedia or breatharianism is the belief that it is possible for a person to live without consuming food or water, and Khai only eats small amounts of food and little water.
Breatharians claim that food, and in some cases water, are not necessary for survival, and that humans can be sustained solely by prana, the vital life force in Hindu religion.
The 38-year-old claims that since embracing this unusual way of life that he now looks half his age and that a previous liver problem has also improved thanks to his prolonged periods of fasting.
“I was maybe eating every three or four days at first, but now I can go months without food or water and even then, only have a mint or so to take away any bitter taste in my mouth,” he said.
“It’s an amazing feeling, I’m fully conscious of my mind and I’ve never felt so great. I’m fully aware of my surroundings.
“People think I’m crazy but incredible at the same time.”
Ironically, Khai works as a pizza delivery man but says he never struggles to resist the food he delivers to customers.
He says he has no regrets about giving up the grub although it can be a little awkward when meeting in social situations.
“When I meet up with friends I normally arrange to do something else like shopping or going for walks as when we go for food I sit there while everyone else tucks in,” he said.
“I would never try and stop people eating around me because everyone is free to do as they want.
“If I were to go for a romantic meal I would have to at least give it a try and that would be very fair on my date.
“I do save a lot of money though as I never have to do any food shopping.”
Honestly, we’re getting hungry just thinking about skipping lunch!
With reporting by Caters News.
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