I'm planning to do a coconut oil fast for a day or five, six. Anyone out here who wants to join?
I plan to take about a 1000 calories in coconut oil per day. That's all I plan to eat. Nothing more. That would be roughly like 8 tablespoons, I believe. Reason for this fast is I'm a carb addict and I want to detox from sugar. Lost a lot of weight at the beginning of this year eating mostly VLC paleo. But my addiction is so severe that I gained a couple of lbs back, (no make that kilo's), eating plain crap. I feel miserable. Not so much physically but mentally cause it feels like I'm caught in the carb trap again.
I wanna keep things simple. So fat fasting seems an appropriate way to do this. I'll take it one day at a time and I would love people to join me in this. Will you? :)
I'm starting tomorrow.
These kinds of crash diets will send you running back to the carb wagon again. The best and most proven kind of weight loss is when you systematically lose weight over time. Besides a 1000 calorie diet is not enough to sustain and is extremely unhealthy for a variety of reasons.
A better idea is to follow Robb Wolf's 30 days meal plan in his book. Not much carbs in that diet and then you can take off from there. A quick solution to your problem is not a solution at all. It's a band-aid placed on a gaping wound.
I admire the idea. However, why not try something like a bone broth or grass-fed beef fast? Something that is going to give you more complete nutrition.
This is a fantastic way to make diet the center of your life. If that's what you want, then by all means, sail the fast coconut oil ship to Obsession-opolis. Did I mention it's just a stone's throw from Hell? Ask me how I know.
So you are doing a fat fast. I will be starting something similar based on the BulletProof Diet. Check this out: http://www.bulletproofexec.com/rapid-fat-loss-protocol/
A 'detox' probably takes longer than 1 day, especally when feelings of depriviation might be fostered/increased by ingesting only coconut oil.
Paul Jaminet has written some useful stuff on 'ketogenic fasting' if you're interested in that sort of thing though... eg. http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2012/03/food-for-a-fast/
The link in this thread might also be useful... http://paleohacks.com/questions/125921/what-do-you-eat-on-a-fat-fast#axzz1ygrEnkhI
I am all for self-experimentation, but I have some reservations about this particular protocol.
If you have obsessive sugar cravings I would start with an anti-candida protocol, including the strongest probiotics you can find (not store shelf variety, but pharmaceutical grade). I did 2 months of Theramedix DGX, CDX, and PRX, and about 4 weeks in that little voice in my head that insisted on sugar just went away.
Coconut oil is also contraindicated in the presence of systemic candida even though it is technically anti-fungal. If the candida is solely in the gut it can help, but if it is systemic, the ketones produced by the coconut oil will actually act as food for the candida and make the infection worse. You might want to try olive oil instead if the idea of a fat fast interests you, but you suspect candida.
8 Tablespoons of coconut oil per day is going to be unpleasant for a number of reasons. Do you normally eat much coconut oil? I started with 1 Tbsp., and it brought on sudden and intense nausea. I can now eat up to 3 Tbsp. per day, but I had to work up to it over months starting with just a fraction of a spoonful. Straight fat can sometimes be difficult to digest, and that is a lot to ask of your stomach acid and gal bladder if you haven't prepared it for that radical shift in macros. Slowly building up your fat intake will increase your bile and make it much easier.
I'm not saying it can't be done, but patience and slowly shifting your macros to favor fat will make your digestive tract much happier with less nausea and diarrhea (most people can't get past 80% fat without serious diarrhea). It sounds like you want to punish your system for craving naughty things, but it doesn't need to be punished or shocked, it needs to gently be healed. Again, patience. It is also summer (at least here), and the longer light cycles are going to make you crave fruit, so if you are craving sugar, try some fruit and see how you feel (if you feel yucky, that would make me think candida or leaky gut).
I know I sound like a bone broth pusher, but I would make that an at least a once daily addition to your diet for a one month experiment. A lot of the mid-section weight gain we blame on eating things we shouldn't is more from having excess intestinal permeability, and the inflammation from things escaping into our system that shouldn't, rather than the badness of the food itself. The healthier you can make your gut, the less crappy you'll feel when you do stray.
Good luck, and if you do manage to successfully digest 8 tablespoons of coconut oil per day without digestive distress let us know.
Long before I knew about paleo, I did Anne Louise Gittleman's 1 Day Detox Diet (which is actually 7 days prep, one day juice fast, and 3 days come-down) and it was terrific. It could be paleo adapted. I agree with most, that many days, at that few calories sounds dangerous (not to mention icky).
During a water or juice fast, the body goes into autolysis. Would the same thing happen during a fat fast? I am currently fasting with water and clear broth and would like to add some CO - no more than 1 or 2 T a day - but I don't want to autolysis to stop.
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