I have been an admin in a Facebook Egg Fast Diet group for a few months now. With almost 5000 members I have seen many questions and this is a list of the most common or frequently asked questions about the Egg Fast Diet. So let’s get right to it!
Believe it or not, the number one most frequently asked question is this:
Can I have HWC (Heavy Whipping Cream) while on the Egg Fast?
No. Nada. But yet, people will still go ahead and do it anyway. It’s a fast, you give things up when you are on a fast! But HWC seems to be one of those things that causes the most distress for people when they try to imagine life without it. Even though it’s not a lifetime, it’s just a few days. Could there possibly be an addictive component at work here? Don’t send me hate mail on this one, and hear this: You will not die if you spend a few days without HWC! And this might help: Blend 1 tbsp coconut oil and 1 tbsp butter into your coffee (use a blender) and whip that thing up like a latte. With a little stevia, you will have a new friend and no HWC! Try it!
Will all these eggs give me tummy distress and ahem, bathroom issues?
No, this should not happen. If you do suffer any digestive distress it is more likely to be coconut oil (many people find it has a laxative effect) or xylitol if you are using that. The other reason you may feel ill is that you are not used to LCHF (Low Carb High Fat) diet and you are suffering from Keto Flu. It will pass in a few days. This brings us to the opposite problem and another FAQ:
What if I get constipated?
The vast majority of people trying the egg fast do not have this problem, especially if they are following the recommended 1 tbsp fat per egg. Increase your coconut oil and/or supplement with Magnesium and that should get things moving along again.
What fats can I have?
Butter (preferably grass fed if you can get it), coconut oil and sugar free or home made mayonnaise.
How much sweetener can I have?
Them Egg Fast calls for up to 3 servings a day in the form of diet soda. Some don’t drink diet soda and can use those servings for something else. Use as little as possible and use a liquid stevia like this one instead of packets or powder. If you can get through this without any sweetener, even better.
Am I allowed to have ‘xyz’?
Ok, here it is and you’re not going to like this answer but it is the brutal reality. It’s a fast, you give things up on a fast. If your ‘xyz’ is not eggs, butter or cheese, then the answer is this. ‘XYZ’ is not on the Egg Fast and so you better either not have it, or have as little as possible. It’s only 3 to 5 days, the cleaner you are, the better results you will have. That said, you are an adult and can do whatever you choose. Add what you feel is right to the egg fast and if you are happy with the results, then that is what counts in the end.
‘XYZ’ has zero carbs, why can’t I have it?
The goal of the egg fast is not zero carbs or even low carbs. Here is where the rubber meets the road and if you get this point, you will succeed on your LCHF journey for the long term. The egg fast works best as a low carb reality check and clean up. Most people eventually stall out on low carb and if you are one of those people, check everything you think you know at the door. I was very low carb and stalled for months but my food plan was filled with so called zero carb drinks, desserts, fat bombs, HWC and nuts. The egg fast cleaned all that out and THAT is what gets the weight loss moving again. So if you end the egg fast and go back to your same old low carb plan, you will end up back where you started. Sorry about that and don’t send me hate mail. I know there is always that person who says ‘I eat tons of XYZ and I lost a lot of weight’. Congratulations! But it doesn’t help the people who are stalled.
Can I do the Egg Fast even though I am not on a Low Carb Diet?
I’m going to say yes but with a lot of hesitation! The egg fast is best suited to people who are already eating a low carb diet. Going very low carb like the egg fast brings along some severe detox symptoms (called Keto Flu) as your body switches from burning glucose to burning fat. That said, some people do use it as a way to jumpstart their new Low carb life!
How many Eggs can I eat in a day?
I think the real question is what is the minimum number of eggs and some people wonder how many eggs are too many? The minimum way to do egg fast is 6 eggs plus 6 tbsp fat. Too many eggs is if you feel stuffed and that number will be different for each person. Most people eat the most eggs on day 1 and 2 and might feel some hunger, then because of the nature of Low Carb/High Fat, their hunger is killed by the 3rd day and they will often have trouble getting in the 6 eggs plus 6 tbsp fat.
How long can I safely do the Egg Fast?
Most people do the egg fast because they have hit a weight loss plateau while doing LCHF or some other low carb plan of eating. Three to five days should be enough to break through that stall and then spend a few days on transitioning back to regular low carb. That said, Jimmy Moore did follow it for 30 days. Which brings me to another FAQ.
Won’t all these eggs give me high cholesterol?
No. Do yourself and everyone else a favor and read Cholesterol Clarity by Jimmy Moore. You will be blown away by this information.
How do I go back to regular eating and not gain back the weight I lost?
By regular eating, hopefully you mean low carb of some kind. If you go back to the Standard American Diet (SAD), you WILL gain back the weight. The first time I did the egg fast routine for 4 weeks I didn’t really know how to transition properly and I still managed to lose 13 pounds in a month. A transition period is very important and is the most successful and easy way to leave the egg fast behind, in fact I follow the egg fast transition most days now because I like it. Read how to transition here.
Is there a menu plan I can follow?
Melissa from the fantastic low carb recipe site I Breathe, I’m Hungry tried the egg fast and put together a one week plan. You can find that egg fast menu plan here. Her recipes rock and the photography is mouthwatering. However, a word of caution. For the first 3-4 days just stick to plain eggs, butter and cheese. Reward yourself with one of her recipes on Day 5. Many people stall with all the sweeteners (I’m one of them, sadly). Keep it simple and clean for best results.
Keeping Track of your Eggs on the Egg Fast
I love My Fitness Pal and use it a lot, but that said it was a tedious way to keep track during the egg fast. Plus many people in the group who use it get all hung up on macros and calories and so on. The Egg Fast Diet is a Keep it Simple program. Enter the Egg Fast Tracker app! It is completely free and you can install it on your Android phone or tablet.
I will be updating this FAQ from time to time as new things come up. Thanks for visiting and if you have a question that is not answered here, by all means feel free to leave a comment and ask your question.