Egg Fast Followup, HoldTheToast! by Dana Carpender

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Egg Fast Followup

A number of you have asked for an update on my egg fast, so here it is: I did nothing but eggs for two days, Monday and Tuesday of last week. I had four eggs per meal, three meals a day. Each of those days, I had them medium-boiled for two meals, and scrambled in 1/2 teaspoon of bacon grease for the third. This came to 6.7 grams of carb per day (eggs do have a tiny bit of carb in them) and fewer than 1000 calories. (I could look it up, but it stick in my mind it was 978.)

Wednesday I did boiled eggs for two meal, but then had a celebratory dinner with That Nice Boy I Married that evening because it was his birthday — Greek roasted chicken, roasted brussels sprouts, salad, and dry red wine. Didn’t calculate, but am certain it was still a very low carb and darned low calorie day.

By Thursday morning, I was down 5 pounds. I have not had trouble keeping that off for the past week. I consider the egg fast to have been a success, not only because I knocked off five pounds quite quickly, but also because I was never hungry, my energy was high, my mind clear, and my mood good. This is a tool I will keep in my hip pocket. Indeed, I may do it again a couple of times before the cruise. Nothing like wearing a bathing suit in public to make you want to shake a few.

Not for the active.

I decided to try an egg fast since I’d hit a bit of a plateau in weight loss and just to kinda reset and reintroduce foods to my diet. I am a very active person running about 25 miles per week and being so active I am also very very hungry. The reason I wanted to do a fast is because I don’t always make the best food choices when super hungry and so all the running tended to get cancelled out. My first day was fine. I ate three egg meals each with 2 eggs plus a low carb smoothie. I can’t stomach more eggs than that in a sitting. I stayed full in between and went for my normal run, 6.5 miles in the evening. Day 2 started off fine, 2 eggs for breakfast, 2 more for lunch, and then I started to feel terrible. Not hungry, just dizzy, foggy headed, and sick. Considering my runs burn off like 600 calories, even a dozen eggs a day might not be enough fuel for my normal level of activity. I want to give it another shot but I think I’m going to have to add some carbs to keep from totally shutting down. This would probably be fine with a low to moderate level of activity but if you are a seriously active person I would definitely modify. That said. I did get over my plateau

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How well keto-adapted are you? It sounds like you were bonking, which indicates you’re still fueling your runs with glucose.

That said, this was meant as a quick crash, not a maintenance thing — and I’ve discovered since that fat fasting works better for me anyway.

Have you read Volek and Phinney’s The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance? Would be your best resource, I’d think.

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that’s the thing. even very active people plateau and it is really tough when that happens at the point of maxing out activity. I don’t have time to run more than 6 or 7 miles (training for a Marathon) and stalling has put this crazy idea in my head that I should be doing more to drop my BMI to my goal percent. Its also tough that at high levels of activity its “easier” to get your calories from a high-carb quick fix meal than something clean. If I ate what I felt like I’d put on a pound a day. that’s why I thought a fast would be a good way to reset my diet and then slowly reintroduce other foods to get over my stall but I just can’t get enough calories in me. I’m going to check out that book and see what adjustments I can make. Carb cutting has worked well in the past but that was before I became so active.

***Followup***
Welp, the first chapter of that book completely validated what you were saying and explains A LOT! Distance running has caused a fundamental shift in how I fuel my body. It’s not as simple as simply eating more. That book is phenomenal in terms of explaining what’s going on and what athletes need when transitioning into a keto diet. Thanks so much!

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Last week, I was feeling flabby and fat after the winter. Although I remained pretty strict with my low-carb diet, a little carb creep came in. I tend to eat too many almonds and don’t get as much exercise, plus I was under some stress this past year. The egg fast piqued my interest, so I am trying it. This is day 2, and I feel great. I ate 6 eggs with a tiny bit of guacamole and triple-cream brie yesterday. This morning, I did a 2-hour bike ride at a good clip with pretty stiff winds before eating and had plenty of energy (who says carbo loading is required?). I had two fried eggs for brunch and my daughter is coming to make me a mother’s day egg scramble for dinner. That will be it for today. I have to work tomorrow so I will have my usual two eggs for breakfast and plan to take two hard-boiled eggs for lunch. Dinner will be another egg-scramble. I never weigh myself, but my little “love handles” and abdominal fat feel like they’ve diminished already. I like this much better than cream cheese and macadamias and feel like I’ve jump started my summer fitness plans.

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when i lived in Florida years ago, i used a variation of this diet (i think mine was more fun)

DAY 1 6 EGGS 6 OZ. WINE
DAY 2 6 EGGS 6 0Z WINE
DAY 3 4 EGGS 6 0Z DELI TURKEY SLICED THIN 6 OZ. WINE
DAY 4 6 EGGS 6 OZ WINE

I ALWAYS HAD MORE WINE THAN 6 OUNCES. I LOST ABOUT 5 LBS

BUT (I THINK THIS IS THE KEY PART OF THE DIET) IT “SHRUNK” MY STOMACH AND I WAS ABLE TO EAT MUCH SMALLER PORTIONS.

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question about egg fast

Hello Dana. you mentioned in your first post on this egg fast that you had lost over 10 lbs in one day but then in the second post that you had lost 5 lbs in the two days. Was your scale acting up on the first day ? Just curious.

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I said at the time that I did not believe I had actually lost over 10 pounds in one day, especially since it wouldn’t give me the same weight twice. I replaced the battery, and got the far more reasonable result.

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I tried this yesterday.

because I was up a few pounds and could not understand why. my husband claims I eat too many brussels sprouts. I find this suspect, but decided to do the egg fast for one day. I had a total of 7 fried eggs with a little butter and 3 hard boiled eggs with a pinch of kosher salt, lots of water, three cups of tea during the day (no sweetener or cream – just plain!). Today I was down 4 lbs. go figure. I may do this once a week!

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So is this sort of like the Atkins fat fast? How many days do you think you could do this for?

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Me, personally? I’m comfortable saying I could do it for three days without going nuts. Beyond that, it would get oppressively boring. I don’t see a lot of other problems, since, as I said, I felt fine and wasn’t hungry. Some might find it constipating; I see no reason not to take a sugar-free fiber supplement.

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I think this sounds great. One question though, I sometimes have some stomach upset if I eat a three egg omelet, so I wonder if a dozen eggs a day would put me over the top? Anyone else have this issue. Any suggestions?

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Dana , sounds great!! I could use the boost. What did you drink? Only water I assume. And I’d like to know if you added excersize too.

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Beverages, exercise

No formal exercise, no; walks in the woods with my dogs was about it. And I drank water, tea, and La Croix sparkling water. Nothing in the tea; I like it plain.

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Sounds like a great idea. I may try that this weekend. Did you do any exercise while on the egg fast? If so, how did it go? Also, did you wake up starving on Wednesday morning?

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See above re exercise. No, I wasn’t starving. Indeed, my hunger seemed to diminish as I went along; Tuesday night I debated whether or not to bother with my last four eggs.

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Not starving

I am about 3/4 of the way through with day one of a two day egg fast and I have to say I am quite happy with it. The fact that I am posting at 7 PM rather then working on cooking my last set of eggs is very impressive to me. I did 4 meals of 3 eggs. My day just breaks down better that way. I had coffee with cream this morning so my calorie and carb intake is a bit higher. Water instead of diet coke all day has made the same jump in energy and drop in hunger that I felt when I gave up cheerios and pretzels. I will those shiny metal cans!

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Thanks for the update! I am now seriously considering doing this myself. BTW, every time I see a the Frosted Mini-Wheats commercial (full and focused:-() and the Pop-Tart commercials, I think of you. Last summer especially, with the oh-so-happy (manic?) PT commercial suggesting that Moms turn them into ice cream sandwiches, I wanted to scream. Also, have you seen any episodes of Too Fat for Fifteen (overweight kids at a weightloss boarding school)? I stumbled across them a few weeks ago and am very disheartened that parents and overweight teenagers believe that they have to go on very low fat diets and exercise like crazy to lose weight. The kids are eating corn flakes and skim milk. They’re encouraged to do the ol’ replace-the-oil-with-applesauce trick in baking, and of course, they should choose fat-free snacks:

This just pushes all of my buttons!

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Too Fat for Fifteen

Oh my gosh–you said exactly what I have been thinking ever since I, too, stumbled on that program. I am now addicted to it! But I am so disappointed by all the lowfat nonsense that they are teaching those poor kids. SIGH. The only time I felt a little hope was recently on a newer episode, one of the students mentioned that bagels were bad. Maybe, just maybe, they are also learning not to have too many carbs? I doubt it, but I sure hope so. But every time I hear them talk about low fat this and nonfat that and how many grams of fat are in something, I get so angry! They are dooming those kids to failure. Unbelievable!

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TOO FAT FOR FIFTEEN

I am so glad to see this discussed. I am a huge fan of the show because I like to see these kids changing their lives, but I also fear the changes won’t last. Perhaps it is easier to “sell” teens on low fat and calorie counting than low carb because I think the root of most of their problems is probably carb/sugar addiction. When I’ve raised this question to others I hear “it is working for them so why question it?” But I wonder if they’d have even better weight loss and more overall health improvement on low carb plan. I am sure they are taking in fewer carbs than they were as side effect of the overall dietary changes, but they don’t seem to be getting any carb education and the overall emphasis seems to be “dietary fat is the culprit” with barely even lip service given to the perils of sugars. I’ve read a lot lately about th negative effect of sugars, corn syrup, and fructose and their impact on many systems. These kids don’t seem to be hearing that. On a more basic level, there are kids like Scotty for whom I just don’t think low fat will work as a long term plan because it does not satisfy him. He binges every time he leaves the campus. The show has not done him favors by making him look just unmotivated and lazy but I think it is just not a good program for him.

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