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    Going without food - what effects and their timeline?

    I've got a couple of characters in my WIP that are going to go without food, with the possible exception of maybe a candy bar, a bag of chips and improvised tea made out of pine needles, for a period of around 4 to 6 days depending upon what is realistic and will work for the story.
    What I need to know is what kind of physical and psychological effects that would have on a healthy couple of around 25 years of age? I don't want to torture or seriously weaken them, but I do want them bouncing off the walls and for the situation to deteriorate enough that they would chance a risky hike back to civiliation, especially when circumstances present them with the real possibility of being trapped for another week if they don't immediately act.
    The conditions are very cold but they have found shelter and a source of heat, their major physical activities will primarily be collecting firewood and making a few trips back and forth to their wrecked car, which is about 1/4 of a mile away in 2-feet of snow.
    Last edited by Tornadoboy; 10-16-2006 at 06:14 PM.
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