Dr. Atkins talked about fat fasts in his books to help break a stubborn stall. You should definitely do your own research on fat fasts and discuss with your doctor (assuming you have a low carb friendly one). It is a drastic diet. I also personally think you shouldn’t do one more than a few days at a time.
Reasons People Try Fat Fasts
There are many different reasons people try fat fasts. I’m not saying the’re all good reasons, but they include:
- Get into ketosis faster
- Lose weight faster
- Reset self after a cheat day
- Get blood sugar down fast
- Get rid of food cravings
I’m not a doctor or a scientist, so I won’t try to convince you that there are benefits to this type of eating, especially for diabetics. Do your own research, and ignore anything put out by the ADA, because most of it is incorrect. If you goal is to keep your blood sugars low or to stay off medication, you’ll definitely want to read work by Doctors like Atkins, Michael Eades, and Richard Bernstein.
Bernstein is seen as pretty radical by some, so simply read for information and decide for yourself how far you want to go.
Low Carb History Lesson
In 1863, William Banting wrote a Letter on Copulence that promoted a low carb eating plan to lose weight and get healthier.
Banting himself was once obese. He lost that weight by following a diet that severely limited carbohydrates. He cut starchy and sugary items from his eating.
The reason Banting decided to try this approach was because of some advice by his family physician. The doctor, William Harvey, had learned about low carb eating from lecture in Paris.
In his letter, Banting outlined the many different things he had tried unsuccessfully to lose weight, from fasting to exercise. Then, he laid out exactly what he ate to finally lose the weight.
- He ate four meals a day
- Meals were made up of meat, green vegetables, some fruit, some wine
- He avoided: sugar, starch, beer, dairy
Interestingly, William Banting is related to Sir Frederick Banting, who would later discover insulin. He and Macleod received a Nobel Prize in Physicology or Medicine in 1923. The descendent of William Banting was fascinated with the study of diabetes and studying the pancreas. He was able to isolate insulin through experiments and the help of a biochemist and they produced the first insulin which he used to treat his diabetic patients in his first practice.
While insulin is a life saver for many, the goal is to use as little as possible or stay off medication altogether. Sir Banting’s discovery is important, but I would argue that his ancestor William Banting’s letter is far more important to long term health for those battling this deadly disease or who are worried because it runs in the family.
If you love bacon and you are trying a fat fast, you should really enjoy this recipe. Happy low carbing!