Protein-Sparing Modified Fast PSMF (Calculator + Meal Plan + 97 Foods)


The complete beginner’s guide to a protein-sparing modified fast that is designed to help you to lose weight fast.

Download your FREE protein diet meal plan, PSMF calculator, and 97 easy things you can eat.

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Medical Disclaimer -Before embarking on any change in diet, lifestyle or activity, you may need to be under the supervision and care of your primary healthcare provider. This article should not be construed as medical advice, nor should it be substituted for medical advice from your healthcare provider. By continuing to read this article, you assume all responsibilities and risks for instituting lifestyle management.

🏆 What is a Protein Sparing Modified Fast (PSMF)?

The protein-sparing modified fats is a high-protein very low-calorie diet designed to help you lose weight fast while not losing any muscle.

The PSMF diet was designed to help obese patients kick-start rapid weight loss before bariatric surgery in the 1970s.

The most common clinical PSMF diet looks like this:

  • Protein-rich diet
  • Keep fat and carbs low
  • 800 calories per day
  • Medically supervised PSMF: Intensive phase for up to 6 months followed by a refeeding phase for 6-8 weeks.
  • Stubborn weight loss: PSMF 3 days per week, moderate keto diet or low-carb diet 4 days per week
  • Focus on whole foods
  • Take adequate electrolytes and fluids
  • Consider taking a multivitamin

Why is it called Protein Sparing Modified Fast? 

Eating a high-protein low-calorie low-carb low-fat diet, allows your body to lose body fat fast while sparing muscle from being lost. A more accurate name should be muscle-sparing protein fast, but instead, it is called PSMF, protein-sparing modified fast.

Is the PSMF diet the same as keto?

PSMF and the keto diet have different macronutrient ratios, but both rely on carb restriction.

The keto diet has moderate protein, higher healthy fats, below 20g net carbs, and does not focus on calories.

Protein-sparing modified fasts are high-protein, low-fat, low-carb, and rely on calorie restriction for fast weight loss. There is an intensive phase to lose fat and a refeeding phase which is similar to the ketogenic diet.

Does a protein-sparing modified fast work?

When you want to lose weight, you really want to lose body fat (not muscle).

The PSMF diet works to lose body fat because it is a very low-calorie diet and a low-fat diet. Your body has to burn its own body fat for energy but you will retain lean body mass because you are eating a high-protein diet.

How much weight can you lose on PSMF?

Most people who start a protein-sparing modified fast repost losing 1kg – 3kg per week in the intensive phase. (Source)

How much weight and how quickly you can lose weight will depend on various factors such as:

  • How much weight do you have to lose?
  • Are you active or sedentary?
  • How long will you stay in the intensive phase or the refeeding phase?
  • Are you insulin resistant?

Is the PSMF safe?

All the studies suggest that the protein-sparing modified fats are safe, and effective, as long as it is medically supervised and well formulated. It is best to base your PSMF meal plan on whole foods (unprocessed foods) and not rely on junk food or protein bars, protein shakes, or meal replacements.

What are the benefits of a PSMF?

Not only do you lose weight fast, but you maintain lean body mass. You may also experience:

  • Reduced cravings
  • Reduced hunger
  • Increased satiety
  • Increased nutrient density
  • Increased energy
  • Better mood
  • Improved muscle gain

What is the side effect of a PSMF?

While very low-calorie diets are generally well tolerated, there may be some transient (temporary) side effects.

All of these are similar to the keto flu. The keto flu can be prevented, or symptoms relived, by increasing fluid and electrolyte intake.

  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Increased thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Bad breath

Who shouldn’t do a PSMF diet?

Anyone who has a preexisting medical condition that needs constant medical supervision during weight loss needs permission from their regular medical professional to start.

This is not to say PSMF is not safe for these patients, but they will need medical supervision and monitoring as they lose weight and their health markers may improve. Some medications may need reducing or adjusting. For example (but not limited to), people with:

  • Heart palpitations
  • Angina (chest pains)
  • Heart attack
  • Heart disease
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Kidney disease
  • Eating disorders
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Pregnancy, lactating
  • Gallbladder disorders

How much protein to consume on a PSMF?

During the intensive phase (weight loss phase), you generally consume 0.7g – 0.9g of protein per pound (1.5g – 2g protein per kg) of body weight.

During the refeeding phase (maintenance phase), protein is slowly reduced as you add quality carbs and healthy fats back to your diet.

Your protein should be lean protein foods such as skinless chicken breast, lean ground beef, white fish, egg whites, shrimp, tuna, and turkey.

How much fat to consume on a PSMF 

Compared to a conventional low-calorie diet, you can enjoy some healthy fats but only eat the fat that comes along with your dietary protein source.

It is the combination of high-protein and low-fat that allows you to lose weight quickly while maintaining lean body mass.

How many carbohydrates to consume on a PSMF 

It’s best to keep carbohydrate intake as low as possible to lose weight quickly. The PSMF calculator below shows 10g net carbs per day during the intensive phase.

How many calories are in a PSMF? 

During the intense phase, it is a very low-calorie diet of only 800 calories per day, mainly from dietary protein, minimal carbs, and minimal fat.

🏆 Protein-sparing modified calculator

protein sparing modified fast calculator
Quick and easy PSMF calculator.

There are many keto calculators for the protein-sparing fast, and each one will give you a slightly different set of macros.

For most protein-sparing modified calculators, protein intake ranges between 1.5g-2g per kg body weight per day.

This table is a quick summary for someone with a sedentary lifestyle on a PSMF fast day.

  • Protein intake of 1.75 grams of protein per kg (0.8g per lb).
  • The ratio of protein, fat, and carbs is not imperative, as long as you lower them as much as you can.
  • Carbs and grams of fat have remained constant.
  • As you lose weight, your calories also drop.
  • Calculations on total body weight, not ideal body weight.
WEIGHT PROTEIN
(4 calories/g)
CARBS
(4 calories/g)
FAT
(9 calories/g)
CALORIES
70kg/154lb 119 (476) 10 (40) 30 (270) 786
75kg/165lb 131 (524) 10 (40) 30 (270) 834
80kg/175lb 140 (560) 10 (40) 30 (270) 870
85kg/187lb 148 (592) 10 (40) 30 (270) 902
90kg/198lb 157 (628) 10 (40) 30 (270) 938
95kg/210lb 166 (664) 10 (40) 30 (270) 974

What can you eat on the PSMF diet?

With very few calories allowed, PSMF diets encourage lean dietary protein with a few added extras.

  • Low-fat protein such as skinless chicken, tuna, turkey, shrimp, prawns, white fish, extra lean beef, and lean pork (see full list below)
  • Non-starchy vegetables such as spinach, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, broccoli, mushrooms, zucchini,
  • Low-fat cheese such as cottage cheese and Greek yogurt
  • Egg whites

What should you avoid on the PSMF diet?

To keep calories, carbs, and fat extremely low, you should avoid or strictly limit these foods.

  • All sources of sugar (honey, coconut sugar, maple syrup, and agave)
  • All starchy vegetables (carrots, potatoes, sweetcorn, parsnips, pumpkin)
  • All fruit and fruit juices
  • All junk food, chocolate, and candy
  • All cakes, ice cream, and cookies
  • Limit dairy to low-fat dairy or whey isolate protein powder
  • All grains, cereals, oats, granola
  • All legumes, peas, beans, and chickpeas
  • Nuts and seeds

What are the best high-protein foods to eat?

You’ll need to know how much protein is in meat (and the best meat to choose), how much protein is in vegetables, and the best high-protein dairy to eat.

Each of these charts will help you formulate a protein-sparing modified fast that is also a very low-calorie diet.

What is dirty PSMF (lazy PSMF)

If you want the easy version (cheat’s version) of the PSMF, and want to reach your macro goals easily, dirty PSMF is for you.

You can use protein powders, drink protein shakes, and eat protein bars.

But while the lazy PSMF is easy, it is not nutrient-dense and will not create healthy newfound eating habits.

And because ultra-processed food is so quick and easy to digest, you will be hungry much sooner after eating a protein bar than if you had eaten a skinless chicken breast.

While you might reach your macro goals easily, you will not reach your vitamin and micronutrient goals. In addition, ultra-processed food is easy to digest so you will feel hungry sooner. Try to eat whole foods as often as possible.

As you lose weight on any diet, you will require fewer calories.

But because the protein-sparing modified fast will maintain muscle mass, which is metabolically active, the effect on your metabolism should be minimal.

The PSMF calculator above shows a small calorie reduction as weight loss continues and you begin to hit your goal weight.

How long can you do a protein-sparing modified fast?

The traditional medically supervised protein-sparing modified fast has an intensive phase for 3-6 months, followed by a refeeding phase for 6-8 weeks.

However, for those on the keto diet who just need to hit the reset button and want rapid weight loss, you might want to have 3 or 4 PSMF days each week, with a more moderate ketogenic diet on the other days.

Why are micronutrients so important?

While calories and macronutrients in a protein-sparing modified fast are restricted, it may temporarily reduce the vitamins and micronutrients you are consuming.

For long-term health, you need to ensure you are meeting your minimum daily requirements.

You need to formulate a high-quality diet made of whole foods that are rich in vitamins and micronutrients. Or you may choose to take a good quality multivitamin.

Do you need supplements on a PSMF?

To avoid any nutritional deficiencies you may want to take a good quality multivitamin. Some people like to take a magnesium supplement and sodium supplements to help ease any muscle tension, prevent muscle cramps, and ease headaches.

You may wish to take a multivitamin and electrolytes that contain:

  • Salt (sodium)
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
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🏆 The easy PSMF diet plan

a sample protein-sparing meal plan
Easy PSMF 3-day meal plan

This is another example of what to eat on a protein-sparing fast.

DAY 1 – PSMF
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs and egg whites
Lunch: 2-4 burger patties with lettuce
Dinner: Baked chicken breast wrapped in bacon with broccoli

DAY 2 – PSMF
Breakfast: 2 burger patties with a fried egg
Lunch: Canned tuna wrapped in lettuce
Dinner: Pork chops in the air fryer with broccoli or cauliflower

DAY 3 – PSMF
Breakfast: Protein-sparing bread with turkey and mustard
Lunch: Cooked prawns in a lettuce wrap
Dinner: Mexican chicken burger patties with lettuce

Snacks (optional):

  • Canned tuna in water
  • Slices of cooked chicken, turkey, or roast beef
  • Boiled eggs

Lean meat protein sources for PSMF days

graphic showing high-protein meat

The keto diet requires fatty cuts of meat, whereas the protein-sparing modified fats require lean protein for rapid weight loss.

  • Skinless chicken breast
  • Lean ground beef,
  • Skinless turkey
  • Egg whites
  • Whey protein isolate powder
  • Tuna, cod, shrimp, or prawns.
  • Fat-free cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, or

Can I snack on the PSMF?

While most people report reduced hunger on a high-protein diet, you may find yourself more hungry because of the reduced fat than when you were on the traditional high-fat keto diet.

If you are hungry, you may need to eat 3 or 4 times per day. You may want to have pure protein snacks or split your meals.

5 signs it’s time to switch to ‘maintenance’

  1. You keep falling off the PSMF diet and having cheat meals. This indicates the PSMF may not be sustainable for you.
  2. If you’re too hungry all the time, you may want to go back to a higher fat approach with the keto diet or low-carb diet.
  3. It has triggered eating disorders such as binging, purging, or emotional eating.
  4. You’re feeling dizzy, can’t concentrate, or have headaches that just won’t budge.
  5. You just feel lousy. The aim of any change in diet is to improve your health, not be the detriment of it.

🏆 PSMF FAQ

You can download the free printable PDF guidebook, meal plan, PSMF food list, and PSMF calculator.

Do I need to follow PSMF macros every day?

For stubborn weight loss and those who are on a keto diet, you only need to eat PSMF 3 days per week. For obese patients who need considerable weight loss, you need to be medically supervised and may need to be in the intense phase for weeks or months.

Do I need carbs for the gym?

You may need some quality carbs for an intense training session at the gym. But don’t go and eat a muffin or a slice of cake just because you’re training. Keep it nutrient-dense, whole food, unprocessed, is full of vitamins and minerals. Maybe some low-sugar berries in a high-protein smoothie, nut butter, or high-protein yogurt.

Is a PSMF diet hard to maintain? 

It can get boring quite quickly and the low-fat might take a little to become used to if you were on the keto diet. But as long as you can stick to 3 days each week, it is easy to stick to.

When is a PSMF better than a water fast?

When you want to maintain muscle mass. A water fast can often give dramatic weight loss and help you reach your goal weight BUT it is nutritionally depleted of any protein, fat, carbs, fiber, and vitamins. Nutritional deficiencies are easy to occur with water fasts (intermittent fasting).

Could I eat too much protein on a Protein-Sparing Modified Fast? 

Because an increased protein intake is so satiating, it is difficult to overeat protein. Protein foods are filling so naturally help you to reduce your calorie intake to shed excess weight from your fat stores.

Do I need to track calories on a Protein-Sparing Modified Fast? 

Keeping a food diary is important to monitor how much fat, carbs, and calories you are consuming. Food tracking will help to you make better food choices and see where you can cut back on unnecessary carbs or necessary fats.

Food tracking is often an eye opener to see which cuts of meat have the highest and lowest fat, which vegetables have the highest and lowest carbs, and which foods are high or low calorie.

Do people keep weight off after a PSMF?

Most people maintain their ideal body weight by sticking to a standard keto diet with adequate dietary protein, healthy fats (for essential fatty acids), and quality healthy carbs. Weight maintenance and weight gain are controlled by other factors such as activity, emotional eating, and good blood sugar control, more than any crash diet.

You can expect some weight regain in the refeeding phase, most of this will be water, not additionally stored fat.

What is a sustainable rate of PSMF weight loss?

Whilst weight loss on very low-calorie diets can be rapid at the beginning, most people settle into losing weight slowly by week 2. Rapid fat loss is often followed by an average weight loss of 0.5-1kg per week.

Does the PSMF cause ketosis?

Eating a high-protein low-carb diet that is also a very low-calorie diet will encourage your body to burn body fat for fuel and go into nutritional ketosis.

Why would I want to ‘Spare Muscle’?

Muscle is metabolically active and helps to maintain your metabolism. Your lean muscle mass helps to regulate a fast metabolism because muscles burn calories, even at rest. Muscle mass is your metabolic currency that determines your metabolic rate.

Can I lose fat and gain muscle at the same time? 

Many bodybuilders like to have shred days (losing fat) followed by bulk days (gaining muscle). They reduce their calorie intake on the shred days, followed by a high-protein diet designed to stop weight regain.

Can I use protein powders, protein bars, or other diet bars on a PSMF?

The dirty protein-sparing modified fast uses protein powder, protein shakes, and protein bars. While you might reach your macro goals easily, you will not reach your vitamin and micronutrient goals. In addition, ultra-processed food is easy to digest so you will feel hungry sooner. Try to eat whole foods as often as possible.

Who should start the protein-sparing modified fast diet?

If you have a lot of weight to lose, have a stubborn weight that is difficult to budge, or have hit a weight loss plateau on the keto diet and want rapid weight loss, it may be worth trying the PSMF diet.

Obese patients need to be medically supervised on very low-calorie diets. Rapid weight loss may affect their blood pressure, and blood sugar control, and because medical PSMF is longer than a crash diet, they need to be monitored for any nutritional deficiencies.

Can I lift weights while on PSMF?

Gaining muscle mass and losing body fat to reach your goal weight is the goal of protein-sparing modified fasts and the keto diet. Lifting weights to burn calories and gain muscle is encouraged.

Can I do the PSMF with high blood pressure?

Anyone with a pre-existing medical condition such as high blood pressure (or low blood pressure) must seek the approval of the medical professional they see most often. Many people find their blood pressure normalizes and so may need their medication reassessed by a doctor.

What is a healthy BMI?

BMI (body mass index) is an outdated term that gives a ratio of height to weight. It does not reflect how much of the weight comes from body fat, or muscle mass. It does not reflect the state of health of that person. A bodybuilder could have a high BMI because their muscle is heavier (than someone with more body fat) yet be incredibly healthy.

How to stop weight regain?

To prevent regaining the weight lost after you finish your protein fast, eat just enough protein and nonstarchy vegetables with some healthy fats. Follow a simple low-carb diet or keto diet.

🏆 97 PSMF foods to eat

collage of protein sparing recipes

What are the easiest foods to eat when on a protein-sparing modified fast? Here are the 97 easiest foods to buy and recipes to make.

Try to base your meals and snacks on natural healthy whole food to help prevent any nutritional deficiencies.

To maximize weight loss and lose fat fast, you must check nutrition labels to ensure there are no added sugars or unnecessary carbs. Try to limit diet drinks, sauces, and higher-carb vegetables from the list to a minimum.

Lean protein foods

Try to choose protein sources from whole food, rather than protein shakes, powders, or bars.

  • Skinless chicken breast
  • Turkey slices
  • Canned tuna in water
  • White fish (cod etc)
  • Halibut
  • Shrimp
  • Ground chicken
  • Prawns
  • Extra-lean beef
  • Pork loin (fat removed)
  • Mussels
  • Veal
  • Trout
  • Oysters
  • Ground turkey
  • Sirloin steak
  • Pork chops
  • Burger patties (no fillers)
  • Lobster
  • Crab
  • Egg whites
  • Flounder
  • Snapper
  • Sardines
  • Roast pork (fat removed)
  • Good quality protein powder such as whey protein isolate for snacks, before workouts, or as a quick meal replacement. Do not rely on protein powders for every meal.
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Cheesy Keto Chicken Meatballs Recipe (HPLC)

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4 Keto Chicken Drumstick Recipes

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How to Cook a Whole Chicken in a Slow Cooker (Plus Bone Broth Recipe)

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Easy Keto Scotch Eggs Recipe (Without Breadcrumbs)

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Keto ABC bun-less burger recipe

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Creamy Keto Mushroom Sauce Recipe

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Keto Mexican Chicken Burgers Recipe

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How to Cook Pork Chops in the Air Fryer

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Curried Devilled Eggs Recipe

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Keto Hamburger Salad Recipe (Big Mac salad)

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Quick keto chicken curry kebabs recipe

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The Best Way to Cook A Turkey (wrapped in bacon)

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Spinach Stuffed Chicken Recipe (oven and air fryer).

Keto spinach stuffed chicken needs only 4 ingredients and takes only 10-minutes to prepare. It can be baked in the oven or air fryer. It’s one of the yummiest, easiest healthy chicken dinners you will ever make.

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Keto Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe

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Two Cheese Pesto Chicken Recipe (keto friendly)

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Low-carb tandoori chicken recipe

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Keto Meatloaf Cupcakes Recipe

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Easy Glazed Keto Ham Recipe

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Non-starchy vegetables

You might like to bulk up your meals with a selection of non-starchy vegetables.

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Mushrooms
  • Lettuce
  • Celery
  • Cabbage
  • Cucumber
  • Spinach
  • Silverbeet/Swiss chard
  • Zucchini/courgette
  • Radish
  • Spring onion
  • Asparagus
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Eggplant
Whole Roasted Cauliflower Recipe (With Garlic Butter)

Whole roast cauliflower with garlic butter can easily be jazzed up with garlic, mustard, chilli, bacon or even curry powder (just not all at once). 

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Low Carb Keto Mashed Cauliflower – 4 flavors

Fluffy, delicious, tasty keto mashed cauliflower is the perfect low-carb substitute for mashed potatoes.

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Healthy Baked Zucchini Chips Recipe (4 ways)

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How To Make Cauliflower Rice

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High-protein low-fat dairy and cooking oils

Remember calorie restriction is the goal so keep the added fat to a minimum while losing weight.

  • Greek yogurt
  • Cottage cheese
  • Butter
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Cram cheese

PSMF drinks

  • Water
  • Black coffee
  • Black tea
  • Mineral water
  • Carbonated water
  • Diet drinks (minimal)
  • Green tea
  • Herbal teas (no sugar)
  • Bone broth

PSMF desserts

  • Sugar-free jello
  • Protein-sparing bread made into buns, eclairs, and cinnamon swirls.
Easy Homemade Sugar-Free Keto Syrup Recipe

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Protein-sparing raspberry éclair recipe

Sweet and tasty keto raspberry éclair recipe adapted from the protein sparing wonder bread recipe.

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PSMF bread

The original and easiest protein-sparing bread recipe has to be that of Maria Emmerich. Protein-sparing bread is made using egg white powder, allulose, salt, cream of tartar, and water.

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Egg White Bread – Keto and PSMF

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Protein Sparing Egg Wraps – Maria Mind Body Health

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PSMF condiments

  • Real mustard (no added sugar)
  • Herbs and spices
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Salt, pepper, seasonings
  • Tabasco
  • Liquid smoke
  • Stock cubes (wheat free)
  • Soy sauce (no added sugar)
  • Wasabi paste (minimal)
Tangy Keto BBQ Sauce Recipe (sugar-free)

This easy tangy keto BBQ sauce is so delicious it will become your go-to for all your grilling and barbecue needs.

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More PSMF resources

You can download the free printable PDF guidebook, meal plan, PSMF food list, and PSMF calculator.



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