I watched the BBC video and tried the Italiano - the 3.5 day fast. It was a spontaneous decision, started after dinner on a Sunday and abandoned in a panic on Wednesday evening, because I hadn't bothered to look into how to properly break the fast. I had a dinner party to go to that Saturday and didn't have a week to unwind, and the host would've kicked me in the nuts had I shown up with diluted juice. Just accelerated it and was fine.
Anyway, it was a breeze. No hunger, worked each day, even continued exercise, which may not have been prudent (sprints on stationary bike Monday, weights Wednesday - dropped top set).
It's a shame to think that if I persisted for another half day, I would have defeated all the nascent cancers I've accumulated over time.
I regretted it. Gave up a lot in terms of physical performance, although it hasn't taken all that long to get back. Plus, it fed into some bad eating patterns that I hadn't fully appreciated at the time.
I'm sure this would have benefits if done properly, but in my case, it only underscored the potential drawbacks of eliminating hunger in the face of marked caloric deficits.
I've been 16/8 for well over a year, but lost the weight I needed to and may go back onto breakfast. As far as fasting in general? Might just run 20-24 hours once a month to tap into some of the benefits.
Looked into the extended (juice) fasts out there on the internets - 9 days, 15 days, 30 days - they're bananas. People do some crazy sh_t, me included.