An egg fast is a short-term diet plan developed by blogger Jimmy Moore in 2010.

It’s a restricted ketogenic diet — a way of eating that’s high in fat, moderate in protein, and low in carbs.

Ketogenic diets help your body enter the metabolic state of ketosis, during which it starts using ketones as a source of energy instead of glucose (1Trusted Source).

The purpose of an egg fast is to help you bust through weight loss plateaus. These are discouraging points in a weight loss plan where your fat loss stalls.

Some people use it to help their body enter ketosis — before beginning a ketogenic diet.

The plan has many rules, including:

  • Whole eggs — yolks and whites — are the main source of fat and protein.

  • You must consume 1 tablespoon (15 grams) of butter or healthy fat per egg consumed.

  • You must eat a whole egg within 30 minutes of waking up.

  • You must eat an egg-based meal every three to five hours.

  • You must eat a meal even if you’re not hungry.

  • You can eat up to 1 ounce (28 grams) of full-fat cheese per egg consumed.

  • You must eat at least six whole eggs per day.

  • Eggs should be local, pastured eggs whenever possible.

  • You should stop eating three hours before bedtime.

  • You can drink up to three cans of diet soda per day but aim for one or less.

These are the most common rules, but people tend to make their own modifications.

A typical egg fast lasts between three to five days as this should be enough to overcome a weight loss plateau.

Following it longer than this is not recommended, as it may lead to health risks, such as nutritional deficiencies and constipation.

The egg fast is unsuitable for people with certain medical conditions like diabetes, eating disorders, cholesterol hyper-responders, and people without a gallbladder.

It’s also inappropriate for people who cannot eat eggs, such as vegans, those with egg allergies, or those who avoid eggs for religious reasons.

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