Lifestyle Health Ellie Goulding Says She Fasts for Up to 40 Hours at a Time: 'I Do It Very Safely' The singer got approval from her doctor and worked her "way up to 40-hour fasts," initially only fasting for 12 hours at a time By Claudia Harmata Published on May 19, 2020 04:30 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Ellie Goulding sometimes goes 40 hours without a bite to eat. Last week, the 33-year-old singer revealed that she fasts for up to 40 hours at a time, telling The Mirror that her regimen helps reduce inflammation and that she's gotten approval to do so from her doctor. “I do it very safely by having a purposefully nutritious food day the day before and after,” the British musician told the outlet. “On the fast day, I drink high-grade electrolytes and a LOT of water (plus tea and coffee)." "Fasting is safe and beneficial unless you are diabetic or have serious health issues," she added, before noting that she didn't start out with such a long fast. "I built my way up to 40-hour fasts over time (started with 12).” Ellie Goulding Reflects on 'Mature' Marriage to Caspar Jopling: 'We Never Argue' Goulding went on to say that "fasting from time to is a great way to give your digestive system a break." “It helps blood sugar control, and helps fight inflammation – the mother of ALL health problems," she said. Ellie Goulding. John Phillips/Getty Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories Her interview quickly began circulating on the internet, with some fans criticizing the Grammy nominee for promoting an "eating disorder." Goulding later defended herself on Twitter, telling her critics that she considers herself a "good role model." "I eat a seriously huge amount and exercise regularly. I’m super healthy, I drink sometimes, eat whatever I want, and then I fast for one day a week," she said in response to one critic. "It is not starving myself. As far as people in the spotlight go I consider myself a good role model x." She later clarified that she was not offering her fasting regimen up as "advice" for others to follow. "I didn’t give it as advice. Was asked about my health and fitness during an interview, and consider fasting for one day (plus the night- when I’m asleep) part of that," she explained in another tweet. "I do it safely and am incredibly fit and healthy. I’d say I’m a pretty decent role model x." Ellie Goulding Surprises Nurse During Her Virtual Wedding, Performs for Couple's First Dance Other stars that have spoken out about incorporating intermittent fasting into their health regimen include Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Jennifer Aniston, Chris Pratt and Jimmy Kimmel.