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Old 03-11-2012, 20:04   #1
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Who's tried it? I searched the forum but there's not much here, and I'm hoping to get the benefit of other people's experience.

I read about this a few days ago, I think on Dana Carpender's site. It's an Atkins thing, for people who aren't losing weight while low carbing (me!) It's only for 4-5 days, 1000 calories a day, 90% of which are from fat. You eat five times a day, tiny amounts.

This is my third day, and here's my report so far. I've been eating mostly macadamia nuts and eggs, with a little pork fat and cream cheese thrown in for variety. My BG has been in the 90s night and day, staying constantly under 100, something I've never been able to achieve before, even when taking Metformin. Of course, I'd like the 80s better, but for now, I'm ecstatic.

As for weight, I weighed myself yesterday after 24 hours and my scale said I'd lost 4 pounds. I didn't believe it for a moment. For one thing, I know people often lose 10 lbs of water when they start low carbing, but a) I've already been doing it for 2 years, and b) I'm not peeing any more than usual. So today I weighed myself again, fully expecting to see the number up from yesterday. Nope, down 2 more pounds. This is with no exercise. I'm mystified - how can this physically happen, 6 pounds in 48 hours?

I was pretty ravenous for most of the first day, but that subsided and now I feel physically fine. I feel psychologically deprived, it's very hard to eat so little, but I'm not actually hungry. I'm baking a cake for my husband right now, I still fix his meals, that part is hard, but not the diet itself.

If you follow Atkins' advice, after 4-5 days you go to his Induction. But I'm not inclined to do that, because I want to explore adding more calories without adding a lot of protein and carbs, sticking mainly with additional fat. I'm going to let my meter be my guide here, and eat whatever I can while staying under 100. But first, I am going to keep on with the fat fast for another couple of days and see what happens.

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Haven't heard that before but heck, when I am stuck at a plateau I am going to try it! When I first started low carb/high fat, I lost 14 lbs the first week so anything is possible.

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I haven't tried it specifically but they were talking about it on another forum. One member who had gained weight on insulin, but was doing 30 carbs a day was going to try almost a 0 carb, high fat diet. I would think the trick would be to keep the protein relatively low. I wonder how often you could do this? Congrats on the weight loss. Although I am pretty much at my goal weight, I wouldn't mind losing a few pounds.

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Interesting. I've gone to a much higher-fat diet while in ketosis, but my weight is stubborn. Will be watching how it goes for you ... (I can recommend cream cheese muffins with a healthy dollop of sour cream while your husb is munching on that cake ... )

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I've heard of the fat fast, on a low-carb forum. People there do it all the time, with varying results.

Abra, I think it's great it's working for you. I may try it myself here soon to kick-start some weight loss. I'm up 20 lbs from when I first lost weight going low-carb after dx, and have been at this same weight for nearly a year.

I don't see how it could be harmful. A bit lacking in variety, perhaps. I should think one could do this as often as one wanted.

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I think the potential harm is in the fact that there's so little protein, which is why Atkins recommends no more than 5 days doing it. Other than that, I see no downside at all.

Moon - thanks for the recipe, but I don't use any sweeteners. I can, however, just eat 2 oz of cream cheese for one of my five "meals" a day.

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That's awesome! It's very tempting to try it myself but I've done so much tinkering lately I'm not up to any deprivation.

I think you are correct that the reason why one shouldn't stay on it for very long is because it will cause bone and muscle loss due to low protein.

If I were to try it and it was successful (like it is for you) I would try adding back more protein while keeping calories low and see if the weight loss continued. I believe that is called a protein sparing modified fast. Basically you get enough protein to not lose lean body mass, the rest of the (restricted) calories come from fat.

It would also be very interesting to monitor lean body mass while on the fast. I have a Omron body fat loss monitor that figures out your % body fat. While it's not accurate it is consistent and would pick up a loss of fat vs muscle/bone.

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I have a really odd virus right now, this past week. So unintentionally been doing this same thing, just not much of an appetite so been eating higher fat not much else. Breakfast has been cheese sticks, heavy cream and coconut oil. Lunch more cheese sticks some nuts. Dinners been meat and some veggies. I have lost 8lbs this past week, but I feel its only temporary until my appetite picks up again.

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imo its probably due to the fact your on 1000cals a day. Thats not alot of cals!

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imo its probably due to the fact your on 1000cals a day. Thats not alot of cals!
Well, yes and no. Myself and many others (mostly women) have experienced that even on a low-calorie diet they did not lose weight. In my case it was medically supervised and I "stumped" the doc. So the composition does matter in that respect for some people. Also I find that it's much easier to STICK to that amount of calories if I get enough fat. If I ate 90% carbs, I would be ravenous.

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