Naveena Shine Quits 'Living On Light' Diet On Day 47 [VIDEO]

By iScienceTimes Staff on June 18, 2013 12:48 PM EDT

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Naveena Shine of Seattle quit her "living on light" diet after 47 days, losing 20 percent of her body weight by not consuming anything other than water and tea. (Photo: Facebook)

Naveena Shine, a Seattle, Wash., woman who attempted to live on nothing but light, water and tea, has abandoned her plan after 47 days.

Shine was 159 pounds before the experiment, and lost 33 pounds -- 20 percent of her body weight -- during her sunshine diet.

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"After 47 days," Shine wrote on Facebook, after what was actually 44 days, "I still feel really good, weight loss is slowing and all seems well. However, I still have no evidence that I am actually living on light and it could well be slow starvation." She added, "Now that I am ending the experiment I will never know."

Doctors warned Shine that it isn't possible to live on light, water and tea alone. Breatharianism, the spiritual belief of living with food or water but just sunlight, has led to the reported deaths of at least four people.

"Plants have what are called chloroplasts that contain chlorophyll and they have the ability to capture energy from sunlight," said Dr Ronald Hoffman medical director of the Hoffman Center. "Humans don't have cholorphyll or chloroplasts. No humans do. It is impossible for a human to have that."

Shine had said she'd stop her sunshine diet if she dropped below 120 pounds. She ended up quitting after dropping to 120 pounds, after complaining on her Facebook and YouTube pages about feeling lightheaded and nauseous. She also complained of her extremities being cold.

To prove she wasn't eating, Shine installed cameras in every room of her home, which were on 24 hours a day. She took a portable camera with her when she went out of the house.

Some commenters on Facebook and YouTube supported her "bravery" and "courage" during her living on light diet, while others denounced her as crazy.

"From the feedback I am getting, it is becoming patently clear that most of the world is by no means ready to receive the information I am attempting to produce," Shine wrote on Facebook. "Even if it were true that a person can 'live on light' and I were successful in demonstrating that, I see that it would be synonymous with putting a non-driver behind the wheel of a huge truck. It would be an accident in the making."

Shine told the Seattle Times that her first meal would be lemon juice and a spoonful of maple syrup in warm water.

"I really have to start out slowly," she said.

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