I’m not new to dieting and have a long term interest in health and nutrition. Having read Michael’s book (Fast 800), I’m still left with a few questions. Apologies if these were answered somewhere else (including the book if I missed the sentence about it!):
1. The focus of the initial phase is getting into ketosis. Typically on a ketogenic diet people aim for <20g of carbs per day. With Fast 800 it doesn’t seem as strict. I know that people’s bodies vary in terms of the threshold for ketosis. What amount of carbs should be the upper limit for those starting this diet in order to achieve ketosis in a reasonable amount of time?
2. I tend to only eat one or two meals per day, and the recipes in Fast 800 are mostly geared towards 2 or more people. The meal plan splits into 3 separate meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner). Are there any (free) online resources with additional recipes, especially for just one serving?
3. One of the typical problems with ketogenic/low carb diets is the lack of potassium. We need a minimum of 3500mg per day and supplements tend to only give low doses (as large amounts of potassium can be very harmful). A whole avocado only has around 800mg-1000mg and the replacement shakes only have 500mg per serving. 800kcals seems very little in terms of getting enough potassium. The book doesn’t really go into it. Urinating more frequently also means you expel the retained minerals like potassium so your stores deplete quicker. Has anyone experienced any issues on this diet with symptoms like heart palpitations or a prominent/heavy heartbeat?
4. A bit like the first question, is there a specific amount of protein, fat and fibre we should be aiming for per day?
5. I’m a simple guy and could just live off meals that are one/two/three ingredients e.g. salmon and eggs, steak and mushrooms, fruit with yogurt. Can we generally eat what we like as long as it fits the low-carb, Mediterranean-style whole food ethos?