Dr. Atkins popularized the Fat Fast, based on the Keckwick diet developed in the 1950s by Prof. Alan Keckwich and Dr. Gaston Pawen. Fat fasting forces the body to burn stored fat by depriving it of glucose (sugar). Since even protein can be partially converted to glucose via a process called gluconeogenesis, eliminating almost everything but fat guarantees that even those who are most metabolically resistant to weight loss will switch to burning fat rather than sugar. By limiting calories to 1,000 per day, stored fat will make up the difference between the dietary fat coming in and energy needs.

You might think that eating a diet that is 90% fat would take a lot of discipline. You may even doubt that you can do it. This book will change your mind. While Dr. Atkins suggested five feedings a day of things like two egg yolks with a tablespoon of mayonnaise, two ounces of cream cheese, or one ounce of macadamia nuts, Dana Carpender and the CarbSmart team have cooked up some recipes that are rich, interesting, varied, and very filling. You can enjoy some really tasty treats that will keep hunger at bay while you rev up your metabolism with the magic of nutritional ketosis. Some, like Mac and Cheese, Fettuccine with Pancetta Cream, and Curried Coconut Cream of Chicken Soup, will make you feel like you’ve had a full meal. There are also plenty of treats here, Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Cheese Mousse, for example.

These are recipes that you will continue to make long after you have reached your ideal weight. For some of you, just replacing one meal a day with a fat-fast dish may be enough to keep your metabolism in a happy place. I’ve opted for Keto Coffee (actually I do Keto Mocha) for breakfast, which may provide the same anti-aging, anti-cancer, and other benefits as intermittent fasting, while also helping with weight maintenance. (And one less meal a day to prepare!)

If you want to lose weight without losing muscle, if you need to break a weight-loss stall, if you want to turn your body into a fat-burning machine, the 50 recipes in The Fat Fast Cookbook can start the fire. Available as a pdf or Kindle:

(c) 2013, Judy Barnes Baker,


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Judy Barnes Baker

The working title for my first book was, “You’ll Never Know What You Are Missing.” It summed up my goal: to make eating for health synonymous with eating for pleasure. Once you discover the secret, you will find that the very best food for weight management, longevity, the treatment and prevention of disease, and over-all health and happiness is also the most sumptuous, satisfying, and indulgent way of eating the world has to offer. You are invited to the feast. Enjoy!
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