Background on Me and Keto
I began the keto diet almost 1 ½ years ago and I love it! This way of eating is significantly more flexible than I could have imagined when I first started researching it, and the recipes are ridiculously enjoyable.
I have yet to come across a meal, snack, or dessert that could not be ketofied in a satisfying, if not better, way than the original recipe.
Weight loss is a natural side-effect of any dietary change, and the keto diet was no different. Within a couple of months, I was down 20 pounds and feeling better than ever.
With a cruise in sight and a bikini to rock, I did an Egg Fast Diet for that final 5-pound push. And it worked! My weight was the lowest it had been in over a decade.
But then the cruise came and went, we moved ½ way across the country, winter ensued, and I found myself living the dream of downtown life with an epic urban loft. (lots of social events, plenty of food, and a fair amount of alcohol)
Slowly, the pounds crept back up. I became lazy with keto, and while I easily stayed away from all gluten products, a few starchy vegetable and non-gluten grains have occasionally made their way back into my diet.
Even on weeks when my food choices are 100% keto, there are still way too many keto snacks and keto desserts. I love trying out new recipes, and of course, the food must be eaten. It’s very difficult to make a yummy keto cake for the family and NOT eat it with them!
All-in-all, my weight is back up and fluctuates 10-15 pounds from my lowest weight since starting keto. Kind of discouraging, but I can’t say I’m baffled by it either with all they yummy keto treats I’ve been shoving in my mouth.
Taking Back Control
It’s time to buckle back down and take back control of my eating habits. The best way I can think to do this is with the egg fast. I need a reset!
My son will be away at camp this week, so it’s the perfect time to do a 5-day egg fast! I can precook any food my husband needs for lunch at work and dinner at home on Sunday for the entire week, then I just have myself to worry about for the next five days!
5-Day Egg Fast, here I come!! I’ll be writing a quick article for each day of the egg fast documenting what I eat, how I feel, and any changes on the scale.
My plan is to keep the food choices as simple as possible the first 2-3 days and save the fancy egg fast recipes for later in the week when I’m ready to barf at the sight of another egg. There are some shockingly good egg fast recipes out there, and I will link to any of those recipes that I use.
Egg Fast Rules
The rules are simple! The base egg fast diet is at least 6 eggs and 1 tbsp of healthy fat for each egg (butter, coconut oil, avocado oil, MCT oil, and mayonnaise). You can use spices and hot sauce to add flavor.
Additional “allowances” which are optional:
- Hard cheese and cream cheese up to 4 ounces a day
- Keto approved sweeteners up to 3 servings a day
- Coffee and Tea (some people even allow Diet Cokes…gasp!)
While 6 eggs are the minimum requirement to ensure you consume enough calories, fat, and protein, many people see better results eating 9-12 eggs per day.
It’s important to listen to your body. If you are hungry, eat more eggs and fat, or cheese! If you are not very hungry, eat the minimum. The key here, don’t starve yourself.
You can also follow my Egg Fast progress on my YouTube channel, so don’t forget to subscribe to Healthy Ambitions on YouTube!