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CRAIG on December 1, 2013

Using the Fat Fasting Technique


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The fat fast is a technique brought by Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution used by people who
are metabolically resistant and have trouble with their induction. Let me rst say that fat
fasting should be used in 2 situations and 2 situations only:
Breaking through a 2 week or longer plateau.
Inducing yourself into ketosis quicker, whether you are just starting keto or
you had a cheat day.

If youre the type of person that loses weight easily and you are NOT hitting a plateau, then
fat fasting should NOT be used. It can be potentially dangerous for someone that is not
metabolically resistant, or for someone that is not on a plateau.
You should not fat fast consistently. Like I said, it is only for people starting a ketogenic diet
and want to be inducted into ketosis faster, or for people that are on a long (2 weeks or
more) plateau.

Understanding the Fat Fast


The lack of carbohydrates and protein will allow your body to depreciate your glycogen
stores quicker, also allowing your body to go after the fat stores, like we want it to, to use as
fuel.
Fat fasting will force the body to undergo lipolysis, so that it burns up fat that is stored in the
body.
Lipolysis is a process involved in the breakdown of fats, converting triglycerides into glycerol
and free fatty acids. The longer you fast, the more of these free fatty acids will be released.
Why is this important? Well fatty acids are used by the liver to create small amounts of
ketone bodies, and used as fuel.

Lipolysis cannot happen if there is a signicant amount of glucose coming in, but since 80%
90% of what you will be eating are fats, you dont need to worry about excess protein or
carbs converting into glucose.

What the Fat Fast Is


So, what exactly is a fat fast? Its eating between 1000 and 1200 calories a day, where
between 80% and 90% of your calories come from fat, and fat alone. You break these
1000-1200 calories into 4 or 5 meals a day, eating in blocks of 200-250 calories per meal.
It is normally done for 2-4 days, but is never recommended to go for more than 5 days.
Going longer than this will start to put your body in a real starvation mode and your
muscle mass will be metabolized as energy the exact opposite of what you want.
Hungry? You most likely will be at rst, but once your body starts adapting to the way you
are eating, you will notice a drop in your hunger. This is because you will be eating your
meals in frequent intervals with high amounts of fat, which increases satiety levels.

If youre doing a fat fast, I recommend doing a 3 day fast. This normally drops about 5-8
pounds of body fat and water weight. When you enter back into a normal diet, expect to
put back 2-3 pounds of that weight.

What to Eat

So lets get to it. What should you be eating? Well thats up to you. Theres not all that much
choice you have, as you have to keep the calories relatively low and the fat very high. Here
are some options for single meals:
1 Oz. Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia Nut Butter with 2 Oz. Cream Cheese
1 Oz. Chicken with 2 Tbsp. Mayonnaise

2 Egg Yolks with 1 Tbsp. Mayonnaise


1 Cup Coee with Cup Heavy Cream
4 Slices bacon (be careful with this, as it dwindles under 80% calories
from fat)

Cup Heavy Cream whipped with Da Vinci Flavored Syrup


2 Oz. Sour Cream with Cup Cucumber
Serving of Sugar-free Jell-O with Cup Whipped Cream
Feel free to mix meat in there, but be careful about the amount of meat you actually eat. As
most of it will have a good amount of protein, you want to be sparing. Chicken, Tuna,
Turkey, Bacon, Prosciutto, etc. will be a nice addition to get a bit of protein in your system.

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Making It Easy
If youre unlike me and just love cream cheese, then you can snack on a full 8 Oz. block of
cream cheese for the day along with a cup of coee with 2 Tbsp. coconut oil in the
morning.
A block of cream cheese with a bulletproof coee is one of the best ways to do a fat fast, as it
is:

1020 Calories
97g fat (86% calories from fat for the day)
8g Carbs (3% calories from carbs for the day)
16g Protein (6% calories from protein for the day)
Easy one of the most important factors.

Drawbacks
The drawbacks are more of a personal note from me. I just want to be sure to reiterate that
a fat fast can be potentially dangerous if you are not at a weight stall. Again, ONLY do a fat
fast if you are looking to be induced into ketosis faster, or if you are at a long-term weight
loss plateau of 2 weeks or longer.

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jo2yearsago

WhyaremacadamianutsallowedonthefatfastandnotoninductionphaseofAtkins?
Anyclue?
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Craig>jo2yearsago

Craig>jo2yearsago

I'mnot100%familiarwiththeAtkinsinductionphilosophy,butmyguessisthat
theydisallowallnuts.Thisis(I'mguessing)normallybecausepeopleovereaton
nuts,andfinditdifficulttoportionthem.Nutscanalsocausestallsinmanypeople
ifthey'reovereatenon,sothatismymainassumptiononwhy.
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Mumsies2yearsago

ThursdayMFPTotals.Iwasdeliberatelyraisingcaloriesviamorefat.
1,594cal
5carbs(3net)
42protein
157fat
2fiber
1,626sodium
IfyouwanttoseewhatIateIcansendthat,too.
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someone1222yearsago

Idontknowwhatyoumeanbybecarefulwithbacon
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craig@ruled.me

Mod >someone122 2yearsago

Duringafatfastyouwanttokeepyourfatpercentagesveryhigh,sobaconcan
offsetthefatwithprotein.
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StacyS.Stracener>craig@ruled.me5monthsago

I'veintermittentlyappliedacarbfreedietforatleast15years.Thisbeing
everyyearortwotoburnoffstubborncellulite(exerciseisimportant).It
normallytook5daysformetogetintodeepketosisperketosissticks

measuring.
However,yourformulaforgettingintoquickketosisisamazing!My
husbandandIgotintodeepketosiswithintwodays,Icouldnotfind
macadamianuts(allwerehoneycoated)yetthefatratiowasthesame
withBrazilnuts.I'msogladIfoundyoursite!
After5daysI'maddingcarbsagain,becauseI'mlosingtoomuch(Iwas
mainlysupportinghusband'seffortsIwentfrom112to102.Mymaingoal
wastoaddresscellulite.FYIIexercisealot,buthubbytheprogrammer
doesnot).BTWweareeatingbaconandalotofheavyribeyesteaks,I
simplyboughtveryfattybacon,andwellmarbledsteaks.Hubbywasat
186witha39inchwaistat5'9".Hisweightisdownby7poundsandhis
waistisat36ratherremarkableinsuchashorttime.ThanksagainI
havealreadysentalinktootherswhocanbenefitfromyoursite.
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craig@ruled.me

Mod >StacyS.Stracener 4monthsago

Awesometoyearandyes,Ilovebrazilnutstoo,they'rejusthard
formetofindusually(comparedtosalted/roastedmacadamias).

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Diana2yearsago

Ihad2glassesofwinefewdaysagoanditkickedmeofketo,nowithasbeenfewdays
andIamIcravingsugaryfoodsandIamsnakingtoomuch.Ilovecreamcheeseand
coconutoil,soIwillgivefatfasttomorrowatry.
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craig@ruled.me

Mod >Diana 2yearsago

SoundsgoodDiana.Ifyoudrinkwine,trytoaimforthedryredwineordrywhite
winetypicallyhas<5gcarbsperglass.

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IBikeNYC>Guest4monthsago

Iam57andwasfatallmylife.
In2011Igotseriousaboutchangingthatandstartedfollowingalowcarbwayof
eating.Thatwasn'tnewtome,butthefatfastwasI'veusedittwoorthreetimes
overthepastsixmonths.
Itookoffthirtyfivepercentofmybodyweight(70pounds)inabouttwoyearsand
havemaintainedthatsincethen.Ihaveanothertentogo.
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craig@ruled.me

Mod >IBikeNYC 4monthsago

Awesometohearandfantasticprogress,keepitup!
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craig@ruled.me

Mod >Guest 4monthsago

Sureyoucan,manypostmenopausalwomenhavebeensuccessfulwithketo:)
YoucangetstartedbyreadingvariousstarterarticlesonthewebsiteIwould
recommendwiththe"StartHere"onthenavigationmenu.

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craig@ruled.me

Mod >Guest 4monthsago

Letmeknowhowit'sgoing!:)
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craig@ruled.me

Mod >Guest 4monthsago

Soundsgood:D

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AmandaReedayearago

I'vebeenstuckforweeks,just23lbsshyofmy100lbslostmark.
BeeneatingLCHFforayearnow,aimingtostayinketosisthewholetime.Hopethis
getsmemovingagain.
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Mod >AmandaReed ayearago

Hopeitdidyouwell!

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Craig>Guest3yearsago

Tami,
Withfatfastingyouwanttotakeinmostlyfats(asyousaid8090%).Usuallyto
getthathighthere'sonlyafewfoodsyoucaneat(creamcheese,whippedcream,
macadamianuts).Sowhatevertheothermacrosaredoesn'tmatterthatmuch.
Youobviouslyshouldgoaslowcarbasyoucan,butwiththeamountofcalories,
andtheamountofcaloriescomingfromfatit'sprettyhardtogooveryourdaily
valuesforbothcarbsandprotein.

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tamiz>Craig3yearsago

thankyouforthefeedback!

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Craig>tamiz3yearsago

NoproblemTami!

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KaitlynEvesamonthago

Hello,I'vebeenonKETOfor179days(almost7months)..down57.2lbs.Problemsis
thatsincetheendofMayI'vebeenloosingverylittleandinthepast3weeks..lost
nothing.Ihaven'tgainedbutI'mmostdiscouraged.I'mnowat226,Istickverycloseto
mymacros.IwastoldtocarbuponedaysoIateapileofstrawberries..thenfoundout
thatIshouldn'thavebecausefruitstoresintheliverandIhaveafattyliver.OMG!!!I'm
worriedaboutdoing3daysofentirefatasIhaveissueswithelimination..creamcheese
especially..eventhoughIloveit.Wouldappreciatehearingback,thxsomuch..I'mso
gladIcameacrossyourblog,ty~k

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craig@ruled.me

Mod >KaitlynEves amonthago

Asmallamountofexerciseonanemptystomachinthemorning+strictketoisall
youneed.Trythisfor2weeksandseehowyoudo:)

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TrishRicksamonthago

Whenyoudothefatfastareyouactuallygoingintoketosisoristhemeasurementof
ketonesskewedbecausethehighamountsoffat?Whereastheketonesareproduced
fromthebodyburningthefatsyouareingestingaposedtothestoredfator.Yourbody?I
don'tknownifIaskedthatcorrectlyorifmyquestionisclearifnotpleaseletmeknowso

Icanpossiblyrewordittogetananswertomyconcern.

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craig@ruled.me

Mod >TrishRicks amonthago

Youdoactuallygointoketosis,it'sjustfasterbecauseyou'redeprivingyourselfof
othernutrients.That'soneofthemainreasonsIdon'tsuggestitformorethan3
days.
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TrishRicks>craig@ruled.meamonthago

ThankssomuchforthequickreplyCraig!Thanksforreiteratingnomore
than3daysbecauseit'ssuchaneasythingtodoitwouldbeeasytodoit
longerthanyoushould!ButIwilldefinitelystopaftertoday!!!Andgotothe
macrosrecommendformyself.

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craig@ruled.me

Mod >TrishRicks amonthago

Soundsright:)
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Laura2monthsago

Isonlythisyoucaneatin3days??

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craig@ruled.me

Mod >Laura 2monthsago

Notparticularly,youjustwanttokeepyourfatintakeveryhighforafewdayswith
proteinandcaloriesbeinglow.

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Jes25392monthsago

Hi,whiledoingthefatfastiscoldcoffeewithheavycreamacceptable?Idonotwant

Hi,whiledoingthefatfastiscoldcoffeewithheavycreamacceptable?Idonotwant
anythingtooffsetmyresults.Thanks!

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craig@ruled.me

Mod >Jes2539 2monthsago

Yepitdefinitelyis.Justmakesureyoumeasuretheamountofcream.

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Jes2539>craig@ruled.me2monthsago

Thankyouforthereply!

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craig@ruled.me

Mod >Jes2539 amonthago

Surething!

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craig@ruled.me

Mod >Guest 2monthsago

Itrytogoaftercreamcheesethathas1gcarbsper1oz.UsuallyOrganicValley
brand,asmostcreamcheesenowadayshas2gcarbsper1oz.

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jackie2monthsago

Iwanttostartthefatfast...oneproblemIdonotlikecreamcheeseorcottagecheese....
anysubstitutions?

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craig@ruled.me

Mod >jackie 2monthsago

Youcouldmakefatbombsthere'sabunchofrecipestouseonthesite:)

Youcouldmakefatbombsthere'sabunchofrecipestouseonthesite:)

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Gramgram32monthsago

Ihavebeenontheketodietfor7days.3daysagoIstarteddoingtheketoproofcoffeein
themorningandthennoteatinguntilabout2p.m.Iamstillnotinketosis.Isthere
somethingthatIcandotostartthisthankyou.Iameatingaverysmallamountofcarbs
andproteinsoI'mdoingtheratioasrecommended.Thankyou

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craig@ruled.me

Mod >Gramgram3 2monthsago

I'dsuggestusingtheketocalculatortomakesurethatyourmacrosareonpoint.
Trackforafewweeksandaslongasyou'reeatingproperly,youshouldbein
keotsiswithin5days.

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foxymoron3monthsago

Icannotbelieveit!IhadmanyyummytreatsOnSaturday5/22.Startedmyfatfaston
Sundayevening,andbyMondaymorningKETOSIS!ThankyousomuchCraig,forall
yourhardworkandtheGREATrecipes,adviceandencouragement!

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craig@ruled.me

Mod >foxymoron 2monthsago

Reallyawesometohear.Sorryittookmesolongtogetback(wasinthemiddle
ofamove),butIhopeeverythingisstillgoingwell!

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Shane3monthsago

Carbsshouldbeskippedaltogetherandtheemphasisofkeepingproteinlowisbecause
it'sbreaksdownintoaminoacids(ofcourse)butthenasmuchashalfcanbeconverted
toglucose.Thinkaboutthis,ifyoueatthefrequentmealsassuggestedyourbodyis

gettingitsenergyfromfoodandnotyourstoredadiposetissue.Besttoeatwithinan8
hourperiodandevenbettertogetdownto2mealsskippingtheonemealthat'seasiest
foryou.Thestarvationmodeishogwash,atotalmyth,ittakesmonthsforthattohappen,
aswellasanymarkedatrophy.Youcanalsoslowthatprocessdownwithresistance
trainingofanykind.

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ConnieSchlimm4monthsago

First,Lovethissite.Veryimpressive.Lookingforwardtotryingoutyourrecipes.Ihave
downloadedallthematerialandwillbeprintingandstudyingittopreparefornextweek.
The30daymenubreaksthecaloriecounttoabout1600averagecaloriesaday.I
thoughtIwouldposemyquestionandseeifyouhadanyfeedbackasIamsurethisisa
commonquestionpeoplelikemehave.1600caloriesisabovetherecommendationthatI
shouldbeeating.Doyouhaveanopiniononmethodstocut200caloriesaday.Would
cuttingitfrom1meal(maybebreakfast)beanytypeofissueorshouldIattemptto
reduceitby67caloriespermeal.

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craig@ruled.me

Mod >ConnieSchlimm 4monthsago

HeyConniehaveyouusedtheKetoCalculatoronthewebsitefirsttomakesure
whatyourcalorierequirementsare?Ifso,whatwastheexactnumber?There'sa
numberofwaystoreducecalories(mainlyusingabitlessoil).

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FalynnDraper4monthsago

Helloandawesomework!AmIallowedtosubstitutealldairywithcoconutproductslike
milkandoil?Thankssomuchforyourhardworkandthanks!

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craig@ruled.me

Mod >FalynnDraper 4monthsago

Fortheoilitwouldbefine,thoughyouwouldneedlessinweightsincecoconutoil

Fortheoilitwouldbefine,thoughyouwouldneedlessinweightsincecoconutoil
isapurefat.Forthecoconutmilk,ifyoumeanfromthecanjustbecareful.The
carbsaddupquickly.

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FalynnDraper4monthsago

Helloandyourawesome!CanIsubstituteallbutterandbaconfatwithcoconutoil?Also
whataboutcreamwithcoconutmilk?Thanksforyourhardwork!

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craig@ruled.me

Mod >FalynnDraper 4monthsago

IthinkIansweredasecondagobutfeelfreetodothat.Justbecarefulwiththe
coconutmilkasitcanaddupincarbsquickly:)

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