Egg fasts! I’ve done a few of them, and I think they’re a really useful tool on keto. Some people use them to bust through stalls/plateaus, and I personally love using them to really do a hard reset after a period of…. not great eating. June was basically a dumpster fire of a month in terms of eating and going to the gym: after 3 years of proving that counting calories works for me, I suddenly was like, “Hey, what if calories didn’t matter and I ate whatever I wanted?” and then… proceeded to use that as an excuse to binge. A lot. I only went to the gym 10 times, and it really showed. I went up to 164 (14lbs up from my usual ‘comfortable’ weight of 150) after vacation, though a lot of that was water weight, and a good 5lbs of it was from air travel. But still. Not a number I wanted to see.
ANYWAY. I got back on track, but some of the water weight was still stubbornly sticking around and I was getting super frustrated. So to shake things up, I did an egg fast!
Basically, an egg fast is exactly what it sounds like – you eat eggs and that’s it. Kind of. The rules are:
- At least 6 eggs per day, but as many as you need to feel satisfied
- 1 tbsp fat (butter, olive oil, full fat mayo, lard, etc) per egg
- Up to 1 oz of full-fat cheese per egg
However….. I’ve found that it works better for me to do an either/or with fat and cheese; ie, I have EITHER 1tbsp fat OR 1oz cheese per egg. People say calories don’t matter on an egg fast buuuuuuuuut I get better results when I’m mindful of calories. Also, I allow 1oz of heavy cream to count as an ounce of cheese, just because I dislike coffee without cream and I’m not doing an egg fast to torture myself. I’ve done egg fasts with no HWC in the past, and didn’t notice any difference when I added in 1oz of heavy cream. So, there you have it. My modifications.
This time around, I did 4 days of strict egg fast and I’m on day 1 of 2 of transitioning – that’s where you eat 2 egg fast meals and one regular (low carb) meal to transition back to keto. However, because I’m combining my egg fast with intermittent fasting, it’s just 1 egg fast meal and 1 regular meal.
This egg fast was definitely frustrating. The first day, I *gained* weight. Gained. On 1200 calories of just eggs, butter, and cheese. Second day, I lost was back to where I started. Third day, I was down 0.2 and starting to FUCKING RAGE at my body because, like ????? What the shit???? aaaand then day 4 I woke up to a nice whoosh, and another one on day 5 (today)! So far, I’m down 4.2 pounds. Not my most successful egg fast in terms of weight loss, for sure, but still – progress is progress. I’m only 3 pounds away from my comfortable weight again, and only 6 up from my lowest ever. Totally manageable and I feel good about losing that on regular keto.
So there you have it! Egg fast! Now, here’s what I ate each day:
Breakfast: 3 eggs scrambled in 2tbsp bacon grease; coffee with 1tbsp Brain Brew (mct oil) and 1oz heavy cream
Lunch: Egg salad – 3 hard boiled eggs with 2tbsp mayo; 1 cheese stick
Breakfast: 4 eggs scrambled in 1tbsp coconut oil, topped with 1oz cheese; coffee with 1tbsp Brain Brew (mct oil) and 1oz heavy cream
Lunch: 4 hard boiled eggs with 4tbsp butter
Breakfast: 5 eggs scrambled in 2tbsp coconut oil, topped with 1oz cheese; coffee with 2tbsp Brain Brew (mct oil) (I tried coffee with no HWC out of desperation since I still hadn’t lost weight – it was not enjoyable)
Lunch: Egg salad – 3 hard boiled eggs with 3tbsp mayo
Breakfast: 4 hard boiled eggs with 2tbsp butter; coffee with 1 packet of House Blend F-bomb oil (from dropanfbomb.com) and 1oz heavy cream
Lunch: Buttery baked eggs – 4 eggs with 3tbsp butter, topped with 1oz cheese
DAY 5 – transition
Breakfast: 4 eggs fried in 1tbsp avocado oil, 2oz cheese; coffee with 1tbsp mct oil and 1oz heavy cream (and 1 scoop collagen peptides, just because I wanted them)
Lunch: Chuck roast
DAY 6 – transition
Breakfast: Buttery baked eggs – 4 eggs with 3tbsp butter, topped with 1oz cheese; coffee with 1tbsp mct oil, 1oz heavy cream, 1 scoop protein powder
Lunch: Pulled pork with Simple Girl Carolina-style BBQ sauce; 2 Tillamoo cheese snacks