The Keto Egg Diet (aka Egg Fast)

I get a lot of people asking me if I’ve done the 3 or 5 day Egg Fast before. I haven’t tried it before but I am definitely curious. I have also been asked about the beef and butter fast but never tried that either. I love trying new things so why not pick one of them and try it?! So I began my research about the egg fast and gathered as much info as possible. Be careful when you do your research and make sure the source is credible.

What is the egg diet or egg fast? Basically, you eat a ratio eggs, butter, and cheese each meal for either 3 or 5 days. You determine how much based on your own macros. A general guideline is 3-4 eggs plus 2 tablespoons butter and 1 ounce of cheese in each meal. Then you determine how many meals of that you need to hit your macros. For me, I weigh 230 pounds currently which after calculating my macros I determined I need to eat that meal 2 times a day. See the screen shot below.

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Reasons to do an egg fast? For one it’s a challenge and that’s always fun to see what you’re capable of. It also helps reduce or curb your cravings. If your weight loss has slowed or stalled, it’s a great tool to use to help get the scale moving again. It helps you with control and self discipline too.

I like a challenge so I am planning on doing this keto egg diet for 5 days. I am going to be strict and take the challenge seriously. That means I am going to avoid all sweeteners. I’m doing this because in order to get the maximum benefits of this challenge, following the rules is key. I’ve seen TONS of recipes for this egg fast but most of them are loaded with sweeteners and spices. I’m using this challenge as a way to help my cravings so eliminating them for 5 days is totally doable.

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There is no actual fasting in this way of eating. I’m not sure why they call it an egg fast. However, I’m keeping my intermittent fasting schedule (16:8) where I’ll begin eating around 1:00 PM and have my second meal at 6:00 PM. I absolutely love how the collagen has improved my shoulder pain that I got from an injury two years ago so I am also going to continue drinking my daily collagen coffee. I will also drink sparkling waters and unsweetened tea.

Check back in 5 days with my results! My official starting weight for this challenge was 233. I’m hoping to have lost 5 pounds but we’ll see! Stay tuned!

 

Intermittent Fasting (IF)

It’s important to note that I’m not a doctor. This is my experience with Intermittent Fasting (IF) and the methods I have learned come from my personal cardiologist. I also have been following Dr. Jason Fung and Dr. Axe on social media to learn the reasons why everyone should incorporate some kind of IF into their diets.

My typical fasting schedule goes like this. I fast Monday, Wednesday, Friday for 24 hours. That means I don’t eat anything until dinner time. I just drink water, unsweetened herbal teas, and black coffee. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday I do 16:8 fasting which means I fast for 16 hours and only eat my calories in an 8 hour window. What that means is I only eat lunch and dinner… eating between 12pm-8pm only. This allows me not to have to count my calories. I’m not hungry because I eat keto which is a high fat diet. Keto and IF go hand in hand. Fats leave you feeling satisfied and feeling fuller longer.

The first week I began IF…. was brutal. I could have eaten my entire house. I had come off a very unhealthy, carbohydrate based diet from the Thanksgiving and Christmas time of year where I ate all the things that are super high in sugar. Adjusting to keto and IF takes a week at minimum while your body adjusts from burning carbohydrates to fats for energy.

Why IF?? We fast every day without even knowing it. Most of that time we are sleeping. When you are constantly eating, your body is in a constant digestion mode and it doesn’t have much time to do anything else in your body being in that state. It has minimal time to self heal naturally. While you are fasting you drastically improve your HGH levels (human growth hormone) naturally which is responsible for fat burning and muscle gain. As we get older we make less HGH naturally but a way to keep those levels up is to incorporate IF.

Anti-aging benefits…. my skin is sooooooo much better. Like, noticeably different. When fasting your body is able to repair/regenerate cells and thus improving autophagy. Autophagy is a response present in all of our cells to basically clean out and recycle old cells. When fasting your cells have time to do this naturally. Plus, if you’re like me and have 130lbs to loose I’m worried about excess skin when I lose this weight. IF regenerates skin cells so when you fast it helps restore the skin so you don’t need skin removal surgery. Now, you’re not going to have the body of a 20 year old after losing 150lbs but you more than likely won’t need skin surgery.

I was born with a genetic heart defect so when my cardiologist recommend this it got my attention. There is no cure for what I have and being morbidly obese throws fuel on the fire. IF actually lowers blood pressure, increases good HDL cholesterol and decreases both bad LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Boosts energy and mental clarity. I used to wake up and still feel tired. Now I’m up and I barely need my morning cup of coffee. Don’t get my wrong, I still drink my coffee but I don’t *need* it anymore. I also suffered from “mommy brain” and since going Keto/IF my mental clarity is back!

Other notable benefits of IF is boosting immune system and lowering insulin levels. I don’t have diabetes but I have PCOS which is related to glucose levels. My PCOS symptoms normalize and I feel like a different person! Dr. Fung works directly with patients that have diabetes and if you have diabetes or insulin resistance please research him on google!

Please research IF and see for yourself the studies and research that is available. There are not a lot of doctors that support keto or IF because if you can fix yourself they don’t make any money off healthy patients.