Re: Atkins Fat Fast WORKS! Restart your weight loss.
> Sherman wrote:
> > If you've stopped losing and getting frustrated, then try the Atkins
> > Fat Fast. You should lose 5 to 7 pounds in less than a week.
> > http://shop.store.yahoo.com/carbsmart/fatfast.html
> The small turnoff point is the author saying she does this several times
> per year..... each time with some fast weight loss and a few pounds of
> rebound gain on termination.
In other words there's water retention involved. Water
is not fat no matter that the scale registers both. It
clearly is not re"gain" because fat loss programs are
not water loss programs. This is a very important
point because if you fuss about water retention you
doom yourself to eternal self-imposed frustration while
if you eventually learn the difference between fat and
water you elevate yourself above that source of
frustration. The article is clear about the difference
because it mentions the net loss.
A point on how the fat fast is described in the 1993
edition of the Atkins book - The limit in the book is
7 days. For someone who never got into ketosis at 20
(under one percent of the population) it is a cycle of
3 weeks on Induction and 1 week on fat fast.
> Any long term users..... especially those who used it to snap a plateau
> and then never or rarely had to repeat this Fat Fast?
I haven't tried it myself but I've corresponded with
plenty who have do it. It is tactically an abuse because
the fat fast is for people who never got into ketosis at
20 so it's not for breaking stalls. Be that as it may,
my objection to abuses is doing them out of ignorance
and not knowing the dangers. As long as you can explain
to my why you're not qualified to do the fat fast, what
the dangers are, I'm happy to suggest it as a stall buster.
Over the years, I've studied why the fat fast works and
come up with a less radical way that works nearly as
well for busting stalls. It isn't even outside of
realm of regular Atkisn food - Find your CCLL by spending
a week out of ketosis and then going 5-10 below that
level (lower carbs is not why the fat fast works so well).
Find your minimum protein using a gram-per-pound guideline
or even better the chapter out of Protein Power, get to
that protein level without going above it. Find your
total calorie level using a calorie-per-pound guideline
or even better some custom-tuned system. Then do the
arithmatic to figure out your fat grams.
The deal is as long as you're in ketosis less carbs are
merely less calories. It's the fat-to-protein ratio
that controls the rate of ketosis. So more fat at the
expense of less protein is what triggers fat-fast level
stall busting. I've gotten a bunch of folks to volunteer
over the years and it works great.
I'll go through my numbers to illustrate what I mean.
My CCLL is 50 grams per day. At or below 50 I am in
ketosis losing and less doesn't give more loss. My
protein min per PP is 77 grams per day. Should I go
below 77 I would be subject to stalls but more than 77
is merely extra calories. That's 20*4 + 77*4 = 388
calories so far, call it 390 for round numbers.
I pick the guideline of 10 calaroies per pound of
ideal weight, and my ideal weight is 175-180. So my
target total calories for the day is 1800. Any more
is merely extra calories that interfere with loss.
1800 - 390 = 1410 calories from fat. 1410/9 = 157
fat grams per day.
So if I want to bust a stall without dropping calories
I will want to eat 50 grams of carb, 77 grams of
protein and 157 grams of fat per day. The level will
trigger the best ketosis and bust a stall. All without
going under my CCLL, without going low protein, without
going low calorie. In other words without any of the
risks of the fat fast. And if I chose to cut calories
the fat can be reduced to half that level without any
problems from insufficient fat.