Coconut Oil fasts are great for managing diabetes. Coconut Oil will help keep you sated, provide energy and does not spike blood sugars.
- Fat Fasting is a great strategy for reducing blood sugars
- Fat Fasting also helps with weight stalls & resetting appetite
When I use the term ‘fat fast’, I am referring to a true fat fast. Meaning, I only consume fats, healthy fats of course. I have experimented with coconut oil fasts, butter fasts and combinations of the two.
In every experiment, all of the true fat fasts work to reduce blood sugars, help break through weight loss stalls and can help reset your appetite.
Fasting is awesome for the reasons mentioned above. I prefer trying fat fasting first, before a water-only-fast, because with a fat fast you are getting fuel … the fat. :)
Note: When I say fat fast, I mean a fat-only fast. If you consume protein or carbs, you are defeating the purpose of a fat fast. Protein and especially carbs can raise your blood sugars. Fats have a very minimal affect, if any.
Benefits of a True Fat Fast
- will help keep you satiated
- will not raise blood sugar
- provides fuel
- promotes weight loss
- helps reset appetite.
Next lets talk about my fat fast experiment.
Fat Fast Experiment: Coconut Oil
The fat fast was originally scheduled for 7 days, it only lasted four. I was disappointed but the reason it ended was a great reason. I ended the fat fast because my blood sugars dipped too low!
This proves that true fat fasts (consuming only fat) will help you reduce blood sugars! See below!
Coconut Oil Fasting for Diabetes
The main reason the experiment was discontinued, Blood Sugar Lows. As you can see from the picture above, as expected my blood sugar was trending lower each day. My fear on the evening of the fourth day … was waking up with a sub 50 mg/dl blood sugar reading.
I placed an asterisk on the 74 to note that I ate more Coconut Oil & Coffee than normal, hoping to raise my blood sugar, it worked. However, as you can see, it did not last for long.
What was a unexpected surprise was the lack of stabilization in my blood sugars. I expected an occasional dip into the the 60’s … but fully expected a stabilization in the 70’s.
1) Blood Sugar Affect this lesson is OBVIOUS , a ‘saturated fat only fast’ … will definitely lower blood sugar.
2) Strength and Stamina Affect – as my blood sugar went sub 70 mg/dl and especially sub 60 mg/dl, I lost all desire to exercise and I definitely felt tired and lethargic.
But this was to be expected, not having been this low before. The real test was to see the affects after a week of fasting.
3) Wanna lose weight? Eat Saturated Fat. In four days, I lost over 4 lbs and it ‘left’ at a rate of a pound a day.
Fat Fast Conclusion
I finally experienced a blood sugar ‘LOW’. Until this experiment, I had never felt a low blood sugar level.
Now I can at least know what people mean when they talk about it. Granted, many of my diabetic friends have far exceeded a “53 mg/dl” and have experienced much worse side affects. :(
If you have elevated blood sugars, try a true fat fast!
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