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Does anyone have any experience with egg "fasts"?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 26, 2011 at 11:10 PM

I know some of you have done all-meat diets, but has anyone ever eaten just eggs for a relatively short period of time? What were your results and how did you feel? How many eggs did you eat daily?

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on April 04, 2012
at 04:33 AM

I haven't ever thrown one part or the other away. The whole egg bothers me if I eat too many. 2 in the morning is about as high as I go.

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on April 03, 2012
at 02:09 PM

In what way do you get sick? Is it a reaction to the whites? If you mean you get bored of them, try some mustard, wasabi, ginger, horseradish, tabasco, mayo, caviar, cod livers, or just plain salt as toppings. Vary it up.

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on August 27, 2011
at 04:58 AM

I think poisoning egg-eaters is a common defense mechanism for egg-layers. Keep eating the yolks, but try them cooked. I still eat 6 a day.

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on August 27, 2011
at 04:15 AM

interesting about the whites... I read so many places how you can't eat the whites raw, only the yolks. But seriously I've tried using yolks only in my smoothies 3 different times and I don't feel as good, I think it makes me constipated. I've been eating 4-6 whole raw eggs/day for a few years now and it doesn't seem to be an issue but I keep worrying I'm missing something. Maybe related to my adrenal issues? I've been feeling and sleeping better with less working out and slightly higher carbs so I'm not inclined to blame the eggs though.

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on August 27, 2011
at 01:50 AM

I wish I liked eggs enough to do this. I can only stand them in a smoothie or an omelette now and then.

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on August 27, 2011
at 12:55 AM

Yes. Love, Wendy.

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on August 27, 2011
at 12:30 AM

You'll find out pretty quickly if you're intolerant. I tried to eat 8 hard boiled eggs a day for a while (on top of the rest of my diet) and would get severe stomach aches. Turns out I can't eat egg whites (at least if they're boiled). Hard-boiled yolks are fine though. Now I just toss the whites.

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on August 27, 2011
at 12:25 AM

Yikes...thanks for the info. Were you in The Sandlot?

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on August 27, 2011
at 12:14 AM

Travis it was a long time ago, right before going to college. I lost a lot. I was a life guard that summer and I just took a bag of hard boiled eggs with me and ate them all day long. I would say 30 lbs or so? I remember it felt like magic! Gained it all back + some once I went off to school of course. Hence the theme for the following summer which was doctor prescribed amphetamines and eating only cauliflower and diet grapefruit soda. But that's a whole other story.

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on August 27, 2011
at 12:10 AM

I think 3 days is good. I know a few who do all egg weekends and stuff like that. Or maybe just see about working more eggs into your daily diet? Deviled eggs and hard boiled with butter make great snacks!

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on August 27, 2011
at 12:02 AM

Wow, two months is a long time. I'm working on a farm and have access to as many pastured eggs as I want, so it seems like a good option. I'm thinking of only doing it for 3 days though.

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on August 26, 2011
at 11:51 PM

How much weight did you lose in those 2 months?

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98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

on August 26, 2011
at 11:24 PM

Many low carbers have done this and I am certainly one of them. I think it's fine to do for a short period of time but certainly not ideal fro anything longer than that. All 1 food plans tend to be pretty wrong and are really just crash-type diets IMO. I don't think they fit into the paleo paradigm very well. But for quick weight loss or something like that I don't have a problem with because darn it they really seem to work short term anyway (I think most struggle to keep any weight lose off unless you are solidly footed in a healthy eating plan which most who attempt this are not.)

I have actually gone as long as 2 months eating only eggs. I'd give anything not to have to admit to that but there you have it. Since then I've done a few 1 week or 3-4 days stints. I find it works best for me to eat 2 eggs every couple of hours so maybe 10-12 in a day. I wouldn't say I felt my best eating only eggs but I didn't feel sick or have any issues related to it.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on August 27, 2011
at 12:55 AM

Yes. Love, Wendy.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on August 27, 2011
at 12:14 AM

Travis it was a long time ago, right before going to college. I lost a lot. I was a life guard that summer and I just took a bag of hard boiled eggs with me and ate them all day long. I would say 30 lbs or so? I remember it felt like magic! Gained it all back + some once I went off to school of course. Hence the theme for the following summer which was doctor prescribed amphetamines and eating only cauliflower and diet grapefruit soda. But that's a whole other story.

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(39831)

on August 27, 2011
at 12:25 AM

Yikes...thanks for the info. Were you in The Sandlot?

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on August 27, 2011
at 12:10 AM

I think 3 days is good. I know a few who do all egg weekends and stuff like that. Or maybe just see about working more eggs into your daily diet? Deviled eggs and hard boiled with butter make great snacks!

65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

(2944)

on August 27, 2011
at 01:50 AM

I wish I liked eggs enough to do this. I can only stand them in a smoothie or an omelette now and then.

220994a1bcff1923ef0388192bdba8d4

on August 27, 2011
at 12:02 AM

Wow, two months is a long time. I'm working on a farm and have access to as many pastured eggs as I want, so it seems like a good option. I'm thinking of only doing it for 3 days though.

Medium avatar

(39831)

on August 26, 2011
at 11:51 PM

How much weight did you lose in those 2 months?

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on August 27, 2011
at 03:15 AM

In January 2010 I ate nothing but eggs for 1 week.

I averaged about 12 eggs a day, usually 4 at a time, 3 times a day. But some days I wasn't hungry enough to eat the full dozen. Other days I was really hungry and ate more of them. It was actually a pretty inexpensive way to eat! I had some of them fried (in a very small bit of butter), some scrambled, and some hard boiled.

I did have some black coffee in the morning but didn't drink anything else but water. I lost 5 pounds during that week and I felt great the entire time. Definitely a crash diet type of thing. But I really didn't enjoy not being able to eat anything else...though I felt great physically and had lots of energy, I just got very sick of eggs!

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on August 27, 2011
at 12:02 AM

In my experience, eggs do not keep me full for too long. That said, my egg fast of 5 days were utterly miserable.

However, my experience does not correlate with many others. I guess it works for some people since it generally does keep one satiated for a good while and thus leads to an unintended calorie restriction just like most low carb plans. In addition, the food reward pathway most likely diminishes after so many eggs...

give it a shot... but becareful with the over consumption of eggs, as one can develop an allergy to them.

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on February 11, 2013
at 12:26 PM

There's really little point in calling a diet of only eggs a "fast". Protein is one of the main things to abstain from during a fast - small amounts of slow release carbs or fat are sometimes permitted, depending on the goals - but to my knowledge, the longevity/disease prevention benefits of fasting relate to autophagy. All an "egg fast" is is a ketogenic crash diet.

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on August 27, 2011
at 12:32 AM

You'll find out pretty quickly if you're intolerant. I tried to eat 8 hard boiled eggs a day for a while (on top of the rest of my diet) and would get severe stomach aches. Turns out I can't eat egg whites (at least if they're boiled). Hard-boiled yolks are fine though. Now I just toss the whites.

Apparently egg white intolerance is a lot more common than egg yolk intolerance, but there's something like 7 potentially problematic proteins between them, and 212 degrees F isn't enough to denature them completely.

Additionally, you're only talking about doing this for a few days, but if someone did this for longer, they'd likely become deficient in niacin and vitamin C, though they'd get at least some of everything else.

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on August 27, 2011
at 04:58 AM

I think poisoning egg-eaters is a common defense mechanism for egg-layers. Keep eating the yolks, but try them cooked. I still eat 6 a day.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on August 27, 2011
at 04:15 AM

interesting about the whites... I read so many places how you can't eat the whites raw, only the yolks. But seriously I've tried using yolks only in my smoothies 3 different times and I don't feel as good, I think it makes me constipated. I've been eating 4-6 whole raw eggs/day for a few years now and it doesn't seem to be an issue but I keep worrying I'm missing something. Maybe related to my adrenal issues? I've been feeling and sleeping better with less working out and slightly higher carbs so I'm not inclined to blame the eggs though.

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8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on April 03, 2012
at 01:37 PM

I can't do this. I get sick if I eat too many eggs, especially when they are eaten alone. They do seem filling enough to get you through a day.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on April 03, 2012
at 02:09 PM

In what way do you get sick? Is it a reaction to the whites? If you mean you get bored of them, try some mustard, wasabi, ginger, horseradish, tabasco, mayo, caviar, cod livers, or just plain salt as toppings. Vary it up.

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on April 04, 2012
at 04:33 AM

I haven't ever thrown one part or the other away. The whole egg bothers me if I eat too many. 2 in the morning is about as high as I go.

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