I"m planning on starting a 3 day fat fast to kickstart my keto. I'm going to be restricting to 800 cals a day because a. I'm starting from a lower BMI already (16.6) and b. upping my caloric intake to the quadruple digits from approx. 300 is something I can't do without a panic attack. I'll also be trying to drink 5L of water a day so that half my weight loss isn't put back on from all the water I lost. I'll be posting my (vegetarian) recipes here, too, because I haven't really seen a thread yet about fat fasting recipes, just low carb or keto. And a lot of the ones I found scouring the web call for meat. Nonetheless, I have found a few that I'm excited to try and share with you all, so that I'm not stuck to a macadamia nut mono, cream cheese mono, and heavy cream mono, because I feel like if I did that I would get sick of it and not stick to it. I will also be posting my experiences with this as it is my first attempt in doing this type of thing, and I haven't really seen much in the way of fat fasting accountability, either.
Any sage words of advice before I attempt this? I know to stay hydrated and eat plenty of salt and potassium (what's up, avocad(hoes)?) to avoid the keto flu.
Edit: Changed my intake to 500 because 800 is scary and I don't think I can lose on it and changed it to a 7 day fast this to a seven day fast because of how much food I bought and changed caloric intake.
Update: 5.4 pounds lost in a week
Things I've learned:
- You don't need nearly as much food as you think you need. It doesn't look like a lot of food, but that's because it's so calorie rich and you don't need a lot to feel sated. I bought 3x300ml of double cream, and I haven't even finished one bottle. Take what you think you'll need, then half it. I used a block of cream cheese, 3/4 a small wedge of brie, 1/2 a small block of cheddar cheese, and barely any of my peanut butter. Although I did use a full dozen eggs by myself.
- Regular cream is fine. There is no need to buy heavy/whipping/double cream. It only has marginally more fat percentage 94% to 96%, respectively, but is also more calories. It's not worth it, in my opinion.
- Water is your friend. Every day I drank at least 5.5 litres of water. And even then, some days I was dehydrated (had chapped lips, for instance). If you drink tons, you'll lose more, but it will be water weight, and you'll just put it back on later. Drink even more on days when you have the runs, as you lose more water due to it coming out your rear end.
- If you get the keto flu, I would highly suggest drinking a litre of diet coke to help your brain become less foggy. The crispness of the coke counteracts the sluggish feeling of the keto flu. Also add plenty of salt to your food. Even a pinch of salt in your sweet batters and doughs goes a long way.
- If you get bad orthostatic hypotension, get up slowly. Don't feel the need to push yourself and rush to get up quickly, as you can pass out. But don't worry, it's not permanent. It goes away in a few days as your body gets used to burning fat as fuel.
- Coffee with a teaspoon or two of cream is an absolutely awesome appetite suppressant. Unmatched by probably only nausea. Not even nicotine works as well, in my opinion. So use it, but I doubt you'll be very hungry on his diet as a whole.
- I didn't exercise at all on this diet. All the fats made feel a little too gross, and also I'm lazy and a little depressed. Don't feel like exercise is compulsory on this diet.
Hope I inspired someone to try this, or at least a recipe! <3