Most people who start livin’ la vida low-carb and do it by the book have no trouble losing weight, especially if they have a lot to lose. But, there is a small percentage of people who no matter how hard they try to keep their carbohydrates down to 20g during that first two weeks of Induction, the scale simply refuses to move even one pound. This can be very frustrating.
If you are in that situation, then I’ve got some good news for you. There is something you can do as a temporary measure for just a few days to get your body into fat-burning mode: The Fat Fast!
Let me say up front that the Fat Fast is NOT for everyone who encounters a little weight loss stall after already experiencing weight loss on the low-carb lifestyle. Doing this plan when low-carb has already been shown to work for you is not recommended to get your weight loss going again. Believe me, I know the temptation to want to do something drastic when the scale stops moving for a few weeks, but the Fat Fast is not the way to do it.
In fact, the Fat Fast can be a dangerous way to lose weight for people who are already losing weight on conventional low-carb diets. If you lose weight well on low-carb, then your weight loss on the Fat Fast will happen much too quickly to be safe for your body. DON’T DO IT!
You may recall that my weight loss stalled for TEN WEEKS STRAIGHT in 2004 in the midst of my 180-pound weight loss on the Atkins diet. I had lost about 100 pounds at that point and the weight loss had happened very quickly. For the first couple of weeks it was no big deal when the scale had stopped. But after a month, those feelings of doubt started to creep in.
Was I tempted and desperate to do SOMETHING to get that scale moving downward again? You betcha! But I resisted the urge and just kept doing what I knew I was supposed to be doing without allowing myself to get discouraged. The Fat Flush was NOT the answer to my problem then and it’s not the answer to your weight loss stall problem now. Got it!
Okay, with that little diatribe out of the way, let me speak directly to you if you are the kind of person who can’t lose weight on ANY program. You’ve been on low-fat, low-calorie, portion control, and even low-carb, but NOTHING has worked for you to help shed the pounds. If that’s you, then you may want to try the Fat Fast.
This is an extreme diet plan intended only to get your body to start burning fat and is not meant to be done for more than a few days at the very most. It is ONLY for the most metabolically resistant people in this world. Dr. Robert C. Atkins often used this method in his personal practice with patients to help those few people who can’t seem to get their low-carb lifestyle going because it works extremely well.
So what is the Fat Fast? Here are the details:
- 1,000 calories per day
- 90 percent of calories come from dietary fat
- Eat five 200-calories “meals” every 3-4 hours
That’s it! Talk about your restrictive diet, the Fat Fast is certainly not for the faint of heart or stomach. That may not sound like a lot of food and it’s not. The point of it is to get your body to burn stored fat (a process known as lipolysis) in your body so when you start eating a controlled-carb diet you will continue losing weight.
How does the Fat Fast work?
It forces all of the excess carbohydrates and even some protein in your body to be burned up when you eat a diet consisting of nearly all fat. Especially for those people who have metabolisms that are as stubborn as a mule, eating as much fat as possible while limiting carbohydrates and protein seems to do the trick. That’s why you eat 90 percent fat during this diet.
Additionally, keeping calories at an extremely low 1,000 calories daily helps the body that much more speed up the process of fat-burning so lipolysis can do what it is supposed to do when you are livin’ la vida low-carb. Yes, Invisible Blogger, you actually COUNT CALORIES on this particular low-carb diet plan because you are purposefully limiting the kind and amount of food that enters your body. But, as I previously said, this is temporary.
One common question that people have about the Fat Fast is if they will be ravenously hungry since you aren’t consuming very many calories or food for that matter. Excellent question! The answer is that you probably will not be hungry since you are eating your high-fat “meals” very often. What may be difficult for people on this diet to handle is the fact that their “meals” will not be what they really want to eat. If you can get beyond this and stick with it for a few days, then you will reap the rewards.
What CAN you eat on the Fat Fast for your 200-calorie “meals”:
- 1 ounce macadamia nuts
- Macadamia nut butter with 2 ounces cream cheese
- 1 ounce of tuna or chicken with 2 teaspoons mayonnaise
- 2 ounces sour cream with 2 tablespoons black or red caviar
- Half ounce heavy whipping cream with DaVinci syrup
- 2 ounces pâté
- 2 egg yolks hard-boiled with one tablespoon of mayonnaise
Yummy! Don’t those “meals” just sound so appetizing! LOL! No, they don’t. But that’s not the point. Think of it as just a stepping stone towards getting your weight and health in order naturally without the use of any dangerous drugs. That sorta puts it all in pespective doesn’t it?
If weight loss begins happening while on the Fat Fast, then you may even progress to a high level of calories to see if you can continue sustaining the weight loss you are experiencing on the 1,000-calorie diet. This version consists of 1,200 calories which enables you to have four meals with 300 calories each.
It’s only 100 more calories, but look at what you can eat on this:
- 2 ounces of beef chuck cooked in two tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 scrambled eggs with two strips of nitrate-free bacon
- 2 tablespoons of full-fat sour cream with a tablespoon DaVinci syrup
- 1/4 cup chicken or tuna with two tablespoons of mayonnaise
- 3 ounces of pâté
- 1 1/2 ounces of macadamia nuts
See, doesn’t that look a LITTLE better? Yes, it does. You can stay on this plan for up to one week before beginning the Induction phase of 20g carbs daily. This method will almost always kickstart your weight loss when nothing else has worked. Don’t give up and throw in the towel on your weight loss. Just when you think you will never be able to get rid of that stored fat, along comes something like the Fat Fast to get you going.
Go ahead, give it a try! What do you have to lose? Weight maybe?