How to Do A Fat Fast and Book Review –
Recently my buddies over at Carbsmart.com, where I am guest writer asked me to review their new book called The Fat Fast Cookbook. I was so excited to see the result of all their hard work! This easy read is by Dana Carpender, Amy Dungan and Rebecca Latham who are all seasoned low carbers. Dana has sold over 1 million low carb cookbooks in her career! The book also features several important articles from Jimmy Moore about how he achieved such great success in the past year losing 60 plus pound on 80-90% fat diet.
Great features about the book:
I have heard about the fat fast many time but I never understood what it meant in practical terms. Dana breaks down how to do the fat fast and how it should be used. It is something to be used as a kick start to weight loss plan or as a temporary plan for a special event. It is designed for several days up to one week and is a calorie restriction originally used by the man: Dr Atkins. Dana has a funny unassuming casual style that will instantly make you feel at ease. She will assure you that you can succeed on this plan. She even opens up about how she improved her own blood glucose numbers by dropping her protein and upping her fat to achieve ketosis.
Another use for the book:
This book is not only for fat fasting it is great for nutritional ketosis which is perfect for anyone on a low carb or paleo diet. Read my other article about ketosis here. Many studies have shown the benefits of low carb ketosis diets for cancer, alzheimer’s, epilepsy and of course type 2 diabetes. A great read for more details is the book Art and Science of Low Carb Performance.
Some great features:
Dana has a recipe for pro-biotic dairy free coconut sour cream. I am excited to try this! Another recipe I am excited about is trying to make my own coconut butter following Dana’s recipe. She also has me hyped up about her keto-mayo.
One thing I see in my work with clients is that people are still fat phobic from the 90’s so this book is refreshing. It shows us how to amp up the fat in new ways to burn off the pounds and by making our bodies lipid burning machines. There are some great news ways to use coconut oil in the book to up our MCT’s!
Some things to be aware of:
This book is a low carb book even though Dana just wrote a book called 500 Paleo Recipes so I know she knows her stuff. Some things to watch out for are the use of soy sauce which is easily substituted with Coconut Amino’s. Also they use low calorie soy noodles which can easily be substituted for kelp noodles or miracle noodles. One more thing to be wary of is artificial sweeteners which are common on low carb diets but in my view is that these can be neurotoxins. It is easy to use stevia in place of splenda/sucralose in these recipes. One last thing is it is always important to use the best oils for sauces and dressings which may mean making your own with approved anti-inflammatory oils. Also this book is pretty heavy on the dairy which can usually be substituted with coconut milk if you are dairy free. Also always use the best quality organic, raw and grass fed dairy you can find for the most nutrients and least amount of allergens.
One of the main reasons I wanted to write over at Carbsmart.com is that I wanted more low carbers to learn about how processed foods and common food allergens can shoot our dieting efforts in the foot because they are so inflammatory. I love that more and more low carbers are seeing the benefit in cutting gluten, soybean/corn oil and other low carb products out of their diets.
How to do a fat fast:
Dana lets us know what a real day on the fat fast looks like. She recommends the following tips:
- Eat every two to three hours about 200-300 calories
- Eat 1000-1200 calories a day
- Stay hydrated
- Eat plenty of high quality sea salt
- Never exceed 3-5 days of fat fasting
- It is only for special occasions or as jumpstart for weight loss
- Fat fasting is best for people who have already been on a low carb diet for at least a month
- Always check with you doctor before beginning because medication needs can fluctuate (very important)
- Keep your carbs very low about 20-50 net grams-mostly from green leafy vegetables
- Keep your protein to 10% of total calories
A sample fat fast menu:
7 am Keto coffee with grass fed butter, 200 calories
10 am snack 1 oz of Macadamia nuts, 200 calories
1 pm Lunch kelp noodles with beef broth pho and pork rinds
4 pm snack Steamed Asparagus with 2 tbsp homemade keto-naise mayo
7 pm Dinner: 1 cup grass fed beef curry
She also has some great looking high fat sweet treats such as:
- coconut candy
- pumpkin cheesecake
- low carb chocolate pudding
- warm “oatmeal” porridge
- yogurt parfait with pecans
- pumpkin pie
- lemon cheesecake
- chocolate mousse
- Mexican hot chocolate
- cocoa fat bombs
- chocolate whip
- coconut flax bread
- Mocha mascarpone mousse
Am I advocating that you try a fat fast?
It is a tool that can be in your tool box and I just want you to understand that there are many options out there. If you really are having trouble losing weight then I think you should look under the hood. Do you have an unidentified food sensitivity? Most people do and the stress of eating foods that don’t agree with your system can really pack on the pounds. Also check your thyroid levels with all the proper tests. Also it is very important to heal your gut and make sure you are free of parasites other gut bugs. Improving your gut flora is paramount for weight loss too. There are many steps for losing fat but the main things is staying positive, loving yourself with nourishing whole foods and not comparing your health journey to others.
I think if you have a photo shoot or a wedding coming up you really should have planned farther in advance! But in those cases a fat fast may be just the ticket!
Always check with your doctor before beginning any diet plan!!!!