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Fat Fasting: Understanding How This Dieting Technique Works

We’ve all heard of fasting, which as a dietary technique is achieved by literally going on for long periods of time without eating anything, forcing our bodies to lose weight by using our stored fat for energy. But did you know that there’s also fat fasting?

Used by people who want to achieve fat loss quickly, fat fasting works by raising our blood levels of ketones, which effectively pushes our bodies to ketosis, which then results in our body mimicking the biological effects of fasting including weight loss.

People often use it as a means to get back into ketosis after a cheat day, or to lose a few pounds quickly, but is it really healthy?

Fat fasting – Should you do it?

Usually, this diet lasts for around 2-5 days and it is high in fat and low on calories. During a fat fast, it’s recommended that you consume around 1,000-1,200 calories on a daily level, and 80 to 90 percent of it should come from fat.

While not technically a fast technique since you’re still stacking up on calories, this process forces your body to enter the biological state of ketosis that has effects almost similar to the ones you get when you abstain from food.

That’s because during the process of ketosis, your body uses fat and not carbs as energy source, resulting in weight loss. Your liver also breaks down fatty acids during this process, turning them into molecules called ketones which your body can use to fuel itself.

And because it only lasts for a few days, it’s one of the most famous dietary techniques used by people, especially by those who are on an ongoing weight loss plateau.

But while this is highly effective for those who want to lose weight quickly, fat fasting is low on protein, carbs and other macronutrients that are needed to stay on top of your health. Because of this, it’s not recommended as a long-term diet plan.

There are also still lots of unanswered questions about this technique, and so it’s recommended to only do 2-5 days at a time.