5 Days of Egg Fast

A lot of people, especially those on LCHF and keto diets, do 5 Days of Egg Fast to break their weight loss stall. Surprisingly, it works for a majority of them if we are to believe what they report on social networks and forums. I haven’t been able to find any real scientific explanation to why it works but have my thoughts (that might change in the future if I get more clues).

What’s an Egg Fast?

Basically, on an Egg Fast, you only eat eggs, healthy fats, and full-fat cheese for 3 to 5 days in a row. You are supposed to eat at least 6 eggs a day, and 1 Tbsp of fat for each egg consumed. The number of ounces of cheese eaten should not exceed the number of eggs eaten on each day.

If you follow these simple guidelines, you get macronutrients nicely balanced out at the end of the day: Extremely low carb, high fat, and moderate protein. That’s what the keto diet is all about, except that on Egg Fast, there’s practically no fiber intake (no greens, seeds, meals, etc.). Because of this, in my personal opinion, the diet should be kept short-term. Additionally, I think magnesium, potassium, and vitamin supplements should be taken daily. And plenty of water drunk (10 cups a day, at least). But I am no doctor, so take my advice as an opinion.

So, why does the diet work? I think, most of all, one gets rid of plenty of water on Egg Fast. But people keep reporting successful weight loss or weight maintenance for a prolonged period, following the fast. So, it is possible there’s some hormonal stuff going on in the background, which influences body’s metabolism. Or the other way around. Anyhow, I’ll be quite glad once I get to read some research on this (if ever).

Egg Fast The Rules

Egg Fast rules

In case you haven’t been familiar with Egg Fast, I’m listing the rules that one should supposedly follow on the diet if they want to break their stall:

  • One has to eat eggs as the main source of fat and protein.
  • Per each egg consumed, one should eat 1 Tbsp of healthy fat.
  • An egg should be eaten no later than 30 min after waking.
  • Meals should be eaten every 3 hours, but no later than every 5 hours.
  • One should eat on the schedule, at least one egg, even if not hungry.
  • One can eat 1 ounce of cheese (full fat) per egg consumed.
  • At least 6 eggs a day should be consumed.
  • One should have the last egg at least 3 hours before bedtime.
  • Diet soda is permitted up to 3 cans a day.
  • Spices and hot sauces are permitted, but should be kept at a minimum. Sauces should be low carb.
  • Low carb sweeteners are allowed.

I have no idea, who’s come up with the rules. Moreover, every source has them listed a tiny bit differently, but the basics are staying the same. Anyways, they do make sense in a way if you consider the macronutrient outcome at the end of the day.

My 5-day experiment

I’ve decided to try the Egg Fast myself. One of the reasons being that I like little food challenges. 😉 The other reason is that I’ve noticed my body puffing up since I started lifting heavier again. I know it’s what usually happens at first when one changes their workout routine but still gets on my nerves. Plus, I’ve been consuming too much keto treats lately. Additionally, I think I’ve even been going way over my ideal daily calorie intake (though I still have no idea what my ideal actually is, honestly), and I think that doesn’t help getting rid of puffiness. Long story short, I wanted to lose a couple of pounds of the excess water and see how my body responds to the diet.

Egg Fast Five Days

I’ve decided to go on a 5-day Egg Fast (instead of just 3), but with one of the above rules broken (or ignored). I love working out in a fasted state in the mornings, so during the fast I will just consume green tea with a little bit of coconut oil and guarana every morning. It’s not bulletproof green tea, but it’s been my morning pre-workout routine for quite a while now, and I like it, so I’ll stick to it.

What I find quite interesting, is the rule about consuming diet soda. Ok, diet sodas, they’re low carb, sugar-free, and all that. But, if I were forming the rules, I would limit all the artificial sweetener and/or sugar alcohols (even erythritol) consumption to one snack per day at the most. That is because, for a lot of us, they cause fake hunger or even cravings. I don’t drink diet soda often myself, but I guess they have the same effect (or not?) as sugar-free sweets. My explanation is that the brain gets the sweet taste but not the serotonin release after the intake, that is why it just wants more. But I won’t turn all scientific just now. Still, need to start writing the science section of this blog.

So, on to my 5 days on the Egg Fast. I’ll be writing about my well-being, losing pounds (or not), workouts, and especially the meals, plus the amount of eggs/fat/cheese consumed. Most of the recipes are taken from other blogs, and I’ll direct you to them as I go.

I won’t plan ahead too much. I’ll take my time to choose and try out as many Egg Fast recipes as possible. It’s going to be a week of working from home, and this gives me an opportunity to get familiar with some of the meals (recipes) I could make in advance on extra busy weeks.

Egg Fast Lose Weight in a Week

If you wish, you can use this diary as a source for your Egg Fast meal plan. Or take it just as an interesting read from a fit person who’s using the fast as an experiment rather than a way to lose a significant amount of weight. Of course, if you’re on your own fat loss journey, my diary can still come in handy in practice. Hopefully! 🙂

Read about my Day 1. Or jump to Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, or Day 5. Note: You can find out about the overall egg-fast outcome at the end of my Day 5 post. Enjoy!

Want egg fast desserts recipes? Here are my Egg fast pie, Mascarpone roll, Egg fast pancakes and Keto cloud cake.

Egg Fast Recipes


  1. Hi! Question: would you recommend OMAD and an egg fast done simultaneously? (Just a 3 day thing to kickstart)

    • My Sweet Keto

      Hi, Brenda. I’ve got this question before, and my answer remains that I don’t dare to advise on this one as I’ve never tried it myself and, as of today, don’t know anybody who has.
      But if you can handle the number of eggs and the fat amount that you need for the one meal, I don’t see why you wouldn’t give it a try. At the end of the day, it is important how you feel doing what you’re doing or eating the way you’re eating.

  2. Annerie Beukes

    Hi there i love your site! Did the egg fast 5 days then over the weekend 2 egg meals and keto dinner. Did it again for 5 days . Had no carbs and sugar for 3 weeks but still not in ketosis…. i dont understand?…n

    • My Sweet Keto

      Hi, Annerie! Thanks for the question.

      What makes you think you are not in ketosis? If what you have written in your comment is true, there is no way you are not in ketosis.
      If you have been measuring your ketone levels with urine strips, you must know that this method is very unreliable. That’s because only certain types of ketones are in urine (blood meters are thus more reliable), plus, ketones in urine usually show up at the beginning of keto dieting because the body hasn’t utilized itself to efficiently using them.

      In the end, what really matters is how you feel and what results you can see in your body and mental state.
      Stay consistent, and all will be fine. 🙂

  3. PeeptoeSlingback

    What are your thoughts on consuming a high quality bone broth (8-16 oz/day) while on the egg fast protocol? I am trying to jump start my system (possible hashimito’s) so i have been gluten free for a couple of months and just added bone broth to my daily consumption…also hoping that collagen works a little magic on the skin (primarily affected organ). Also, well written with good descriptive comments so that someone can understand what might be expected. Thank you!

    • My Sweet Keto

      Thank you for the comment! I think bone broth should do no harm. On the contrary, even. I see it as a good source of fat and protein (collagen) that one could easily implement into the egg-fast routine. The egg fast has arbitrary rules anyways, so I see no limits in trying out what works for you as an individual. If you are looking into losing weight, I would still watch that the calorie intake doesn’t go over your daily needs because of too much “hidden” liquid fat … I, for example, make my bone broth quite fatty. 🙂

      • PeeptoeSlingback

        I just checked the label on the broth I use and it it lists 0 fat. I do not make my own as I have no local source for the bones. Thank you so much for the quick reply and insight. Thinking of trying this after the Halloween festivities. I have promised a baking frenzy and while I convert everything to gluten free, it is still a feast of buttercream, sweet potatoes (brownies), and honey, powdered sugar and almond flour.

  4. Can i do egg fast with OMAD?

    • My Sweet Keto

      I don’t dare to advise on this one as I’ve never tried it myself and, as of today, don’t know anybody who has.
      But if you can handle the number of eggs and the fat amount that you need for the one meal, I don’t see why you wouldn’t give it a try. At the end of the day, it is important how you feel doing what you’re doing or eating the way you’re eating.

  5. So i been on Keto for 3 weeks now and lost 36lbs. I have some slip up every now and then and i’ll do beef and butter fast or 48 hour water fast and jump right back in ketosis. My question is can i do the egg fast for three days followed by a 24 hour fast? I know you’re not a doctor just wanted an opinion. ☺☺☺

    • My Sweet Keto

      If you feel strong enough to do it, I don’t see why not. Doesn’t sound like a completely irrational food restriction time-wise. I would say that for me a 24-hour fast after the egg-fast could be a bit challenging, though. I’d personally handle the fast easier before the egg-fast to jump into a relatively deep ketosis quickly and then support it for a few days by consuming only eggs and fats. It is just my subjective opinion so you still have to answer the question yourself. 🙂

    • Keto-Judy, I’d like to get more information on how you’ve been able to accomplish such great success in a short amount of time? Where can I find your posts on what you ate, exercise,netc?

    • plz guide aht ur taking i mean ur diet plan

  6. My Sweet Keto

    Hello. 6 eggs are the minimum. You should consume enough according to your daily calorie needs/goals. Only you know what those might be.

    It might be helpful to know that 6 eggs sum up to around 430 kCal and if you combine them with 6 T of butter, it all sums up to not much more than 1000 kCal. That’s not enough energy for a day for anybody. Additional calories depend on whether you consume cheese or not, or whether you have more eggs and fats than the stated minimum.

    So, yes, you should consume enough, and if that means having 4 eggs for breakfast, why not.

  7. If I do the 6 eggs, 1T of any fat…. suggestions, please, and 6oz of ff
    cheese for 5 days and have a cup of black coffee… how much weight and inches are normal to see…even if it’s a guestimate, so I can know what to expect. TIA

  8. Hi, can I eat avocado for fat instead of butter or coconut oil?

    • My Sweet Keto

      Hi. You can eat avocado but that won’t really be egg fasting anymore. While avocado is fatty, it’s not pure fat, and the point behind egg fasting is having no carbs, hi fats and moderate protein.

  9. I think it works for the same reason any keto diet does, getting the body adapted to draw energy from fats rather than any other nutrients like carbs.

  10. Can u drink 2 tbs of apple cider vinegar diluted with water before each meal on this diet??

    • My Sweet Keto

      Hey, Mack. I don’t see a problem with this. In fact, recently, I have a T of apple cider vinegar diluted in water every morning no matter what my diet is.

  11. For the morning do you eat the 2-3 eggs and drink the Bullet proof coffee or just one or the other ?

    • My Sweet Keto

      Both. But I only put a T of coconut oil in my green tea, didn’t make the “real” bulletproof coffee.

  12. So I did it for 5 days but not following it to the T. I ate salad and one night i mixed the eggs with ground beef and need less to day i dropped 5 lbs. I did not drink the bullet proof coffee (as coconut oil makes me sick) I drunk regular coffee with my sweet cream cold stone creamer. Maybe if i followed it exactly i would have lost more.

  13. Hi, I am not Keto yet but am interested in doing it. I have been reading and gathering info and recipes before I start. Anyway, I’m wondering if I could start with the egg fast. Is that ok? Or should I not? Will it work if I do…?

    • My Sweet Keto

      Egg fast might be too radical to begin with. I’d suggest just cutting all non green veggies carbs out for a few weeks first. And take in enough electrolytes.

    • I started with the egg diet for 2 weeks, it sucks but if you can get though those weeks you should have no problem after that. that start Keto diet it will help you to start managing what you eat. I start Jan 4th and as of today I’m down 40 lbs.

  14. Colleen McGuire

    Is it ok to eat cream cheese when on the egg diet

  15. Hi..I just want to reduce my weight with egg fast. could you please provide me the details about daily plan and how many days we need to follow??

    • I do this every couple months. 6 eggs a day for 5 days. I only boil them but you can scramble or fry if you like. I have 2 for breakfast. 2 with a raw salad (no dressing) for lunch. And 2 for dinner. I also mix a teaspoon of butter and some sriracha for flavor and I dip. Altogether I lose about 8 lbs in 5 days.

  16. Jimmy Moore was the founder of the original egg fast

  17. Debbie Wawryszyn

    Hib there, I am currently on day 5 and I just finished the fettuccini, it was surprisingly delish! I cut half the sauce tho as I am not much of a sauce person.

    My question is; today I have had belly pain after each consumption of eggs:( during my workout I had a weird taste in my mouth as well….I almost had other food to just make myself feel better however I didn’t.. ..I want to complete this…as well as day 6,7…etc….impossible that the fat is upsetting my gut?

    I have only lost approximately 3 pounds…however I rid my water weight prior to doing this…I feel leaner…my bowel movements have decreased significantly:(

    Anyways I enjoyed all the different egg flavors…so did my kids!!

    Thanks so much!

  18. Rosemary Schoeneberg

    HI Robin wanted to thank you for all of your help my husband is on the keto diet with me he has lost 70pounds I lost 35 pounds my question is does a man need more carbs and protein then a women he lost that much weight in about 4 months we did the egg fast once we are starting it today do you suggest more food for him

    • My Sweet Keto

      Hi. There is really no way to say without having a lot more information. If you are concerned, let him see a health/nutrition professional. Otherwise, Google “keto calculator” and try to get some idea of what he needs based on age, weight, activity, body fat % …

    • I’m just going to jump in if it’s ok: Yes, men over all require more protein, carbs and calories because of their naturally occurring higher ratio of bone & muscle mass as compared to the average woman. How do I know this? I concluded it when I was calculating my body fat percentage and played with the facts I entered. What gave a result of 27% body fat for me, gave a much lower body fat if I changed the gender to male! (No I’m not a transgender). Try it yourself & you’ll see! Thank you “My Sweet Keto” for posting this diet! It’s helped me get past a slow loss plateau I’ve been on!

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  20. I been on the egg diet for 18 days with lots of veggies and fruit and chicken. I lost a total of 15 pounds do far. I drink a lot of water and tea. good luck to all who try the first week is the hardest and than it gets better!

  21. Bettha Mcfall-high

    Does taking statins effect the egg fast?

    • My Sweet Keto

      As I am not a doctor or a pharmacologist, I cannot answer this question. In any case, I’d say anyone with a significant medical condition should consult their physician before undergoing any radical change in their diet.

  22. OMG this makes me feel so much better about my current diet. I’m going through SIBO hell right now, waiting to hear from my GI specialist. The only things I can eat are eggs, butter and coffee, it seems ( and MCT oil). Usually I can eat meat too, but cut it out when things get really bad. So now I can just say I’m on an “egg fast”. 🙂 I do adore scrambled eggs, but after a while I yearn for something a little different. I’m eager to check out your recipes. Knowing how long doctors take off around the holidays, this might be one loooooong egg fast.

  23. I love hard boiled egg diet and lost 10lbs in 2 weeks but dread peeling them until I purchased this new product called the Egg Stripper which peels 5 hard boiled eggs in under 10 seconds . At first I was skeptical but it truly works and made my dieting more enjoyable and less work
    My goal is to lose 25 lbs
    I tried many diets and this one works the best low carb

  24. That was a really helpful post. Thanks!

  25. Hi- so i had great success on my first Egg Fast (EF) for 6 days (very little cheese) and kept it basic (Lost 7lbs total). Then i restarted a couple days later but added up to 4oz of cream cheese for variety and lost no weight/inches over 4 days. Then i switched to dairy free and still no weight loss over 4 more days. I’m at same weight from the end of my 1st egg fast. Only diff is i ate maybe 6 eggs/day 1st time and eat between 6-10/day.

    Should i go back to Keto for a few days and then try again? I didnt think I’d stall while on EF (also it was woman time of the month), but what the heck? Is my body too used to eating eggs? unsure what to do and why my body that was doing so well on the EF before is rejecting it now. Any advice would be appreciated!!

  26. Can you have fish oil capsules instead of oils?

    • My Sweet Keto

      Omega-3’s are never a bad idea. Might be a “little bit” more expensive, though. Besides, I, personally, have can not tell you if consuming a few Tbsps of fish oil a day is OK. So do try some butter besides fish oil.

  27. Thanks so much for the quick reply! You’re right about being patient — i like instant gratification like most.

    Thanks for sharing your egg Fast experience. I think I’ll wait a little like suggested. Also, I’m curious how much weight you lost after your first 3-5 day egg fast? And if u gained any weight when u reintroduced food? You mentioned results but not how much…if you dont mind since only 1 person shared the numbers before and after.

    • My Sweet Keto

      You are right, I didn’t explicitly write about the results. So, at the end of Day 5 post, you can now find a few sentences about my results. 🙂

  28. Hi – something simple is exactly what i want. Im no chef or have time to hangout in the kitchen all day making meals. I have an egg cooker (BEST purchase ever – steams up to 7 eggs and they taste better!)

    I’ve been doing the strict Keto diet for 2.5 weeks using an app to keep track of my macros/calories but stuck. I think i should maybe wait a week since as a woman our “time of the month” causes water retention/fluctuations and maybe That’s my “stall” but maybe not.

    Is it too soon to try the Egg Fat Fast? I’m probably NOT fat-adapted yet (usually 3-5 weeks). Also, did Atkins for a couple weeks (dropped my water weight) prior to changing to Keto diet. Since, I lost 5 lbs in the first week and nothing in the last 1.5 weeks. I need to lose 60 lbs to reach ideal healthy weight. How often is it safe to do this diet? Im not even sure if i can do it but i will try 3 days first.

    Thanks for your help in advance!

    • My Sweet Keto

      Hi, Susie!
      Congrats on what sounds like a nice start of a keto lifestyle!

      My strongest advice is to remain patient and make sure you don’t lose too quickly. In that regard, I’d wait a few more weeks on “just” keto before trying egg fast. You can, of course, try it out anytime you wish but do stop if you feel it’s not the time yet. When you try it, make sure you get in adequate calories. Restricting too hard can lead to rapid fat loss but not in the long term.

      You are right, the woman’s cycle plays with us a lot. Due to hormone fluctuations, it often makes no sense to compare your results week by week but rather month by month.

      Keep eating healthy and enough plus some exercise and on the long term there should be some nice results.

      Best regards!

  29. Leah Langowski

    I believe the science behind the egg fast would be similar to the low carb theories by Dr. Atkins. He describes in detail why low carb diets work, but not specifically about just eggs. it looks like a very low carb and fairly high fat diet, which goes along with his theories. I’ll be trying it over the next 5 days. 🙂

  30. I tried doing the egg fast today. I lift almost every day. i ended up having 10 eggs and I was STARVING. Still am. What can I do to not feel this way??

    • My Sweet Keto

      Hello, Jay!
      Without knowing you, your body, and your usual eating habits, I am not eligible to say, really. But I could still guess and say: consume more eggs (large eggs, if possible grass-fed, and omega 3 enriched), add more fat, maybe another piece of cheese … Let us know how it goes!

    • Hi Jay: Have you tried adding more healthy fats? (Butter coffee + a little protein powder) I’ve noticed on the Keto diet (vs Atkins), the fats gets rid of the hunger pains you’re describing. I want to eat more out of habit than hunger… Good Luck! You prob can eat more eggs since you’re burning so much exercising?

  31. I been thinking of trying the egg fast…not a fan of cheese… can I just do boiled eggs with real butter?? And water and hot tea with liquid splenda… or will I be missing something I need?

    • My Sweet Keto

      Hi, Cherie.
      I think egg fasting without cheese could be a wonderful little journey as long as you get enough calories and protein. Track and eat more eggs if needed. I would guess not many people could bear through a 5-day cheeseless egg fast, though. 😉 Let us know how it goes for you!

  32. I’ve been following your blog for a while now. I am considering this fast, so I’ve been searching for literature on how to transition from the egg fast to keto. I want the full details before embarking on this. I am already fat adapted.
    Care to share your experience?

    • My Sweet Keto

      Hi, Shiku. Thanks for following!

      If I understand correctly, you have been keto for a while (fat adapted) but want to try out egg fasting, looking for a way to transit from the fast back to your casual keto eating?
      My experience is, it is best to make it one non-egg fast meal a day once you’ve finished the egg fast. For example, on the first day after the egg fast, make one dish that would be your normal keto dish and keep the rest of the meals as if egg-fasting. On the second day after the fast, make two normal keto meals and the rest is egg meals. And so on, depending on how many meals a day you usually consume. I’ve never taken more than two days of transiting back to my usual eating.

      Hope this helps. All the best!

  33. Can you do an egg fast if you are not on a keto diet?

    • My Sweet Keto

      If you run on carbs, you might experience some keto flu symptoms during an egg fast. This means it might be more difficult for you to bear eating only eggs and fats than if you already were fat adapted. Otherwise, I don’t see why not. Clicking through adds on this site might help, though. Just kidding (couldn’t help it).

  34. Brandie Cordova

    Hello, I’m Brandie what’s a good protein.? N how much per meal?

  35. Sarah Wright

    If you have ever read ‘Fiber Menace’ you will know that fiber is not necessary. I haven’t touched fiber in over two years and my guts are in better health than ever 🙂

    • My Sweet Keto

      Hi, Sarah!
      Good for you! No, I haven’t read Fiber Menace yet, and I shall. So you get in no veggies at all?

  36. Hey. I was just wondering how much coffee is allowed to drink during the day?


    • My Sweet Keto

      Hi, Uros!

      I guess you can have as much as you can handle. 😉 I mean, when and if I decide to egg fast, I do not alter my coffee consumption. On the serious note, I am not a medical expert to tell anyone their daily allowance of coffee, so if you have any medical issues and/or experience any weird health symptoms after coffee consumption, talk to your doctor.

      But if you just wanted to know if coffee alters egg fast results, my guess is, it might lead to a bit higher water excretion since it is slightly diuretic.

    • Hi I had a question about the coffee can u have it with milk and sugar or just black please help!!!!!!

  37. Thank you for sharing your experience. It was an interesting and informative read. I’ve started my first egg fast today after following the keto way of eating for the last 4 months, good to hear that there will (hopefully) be positive results! I’ll definitely be trying out some of your suggested recipes.

    • My Sweet Keto

      Hi, Pariss! You are welcome, and I thank you for stopping by! Good luck with your keto and egg-fast journey. If you feel like it, you can share your experience at any time!

  38. Do you know if I can eat more oil than a 1:1 ratio of eggs? I’d like to have a bulletproof tea through the day but I don’t want to eat eggs if it’s not time and I’m not hungry.

    • My Sweet Keto

      Hi, Eloise! That’s how I like enjoying green tea with MCT as well. 🙂

      I don’t see a problem in getting in more Tbsps of healthy fats than the number of eggs, but I do suggest being careful not to eat too little throughout the day as fats might make you feel full but your body still needs enough protein.

  39. Hi. I don’t think my comments are getting to you so not much till I know

    • Hi, Dian

      I’ve seen your email. The thing is, I am not a doctor; Thus, I’m not giving out any medical advice. My field is neuroscience research and creating recipes. Wish you all the best with improving your health. Hopefully, some of my recipes can be of support doing so.

    • Is it ok to do a combination of fasts?
      I was thinking of doing a Juice fast x Egg fast together.

      • I have no idea but, personally, I wouldn’t mix sugar (supposing that juice is full of naturally occurring sugars from fruit) with high-fat intake for fat loss.

  40. So I did it for 5 days but not following it to the T. I ate salad and one night i mixed the eggs with ground beef and need less to day i dropped 5 lbs. I did not drink the bullet proof coffee (as coconut oil makes me sick) I drunk regular coffee with my sweet cream cold stone creamer. Maybe if i followed it exactly i would have lost more.


    • My Sweet Keto

      Hi, Robin! Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Congrats!

      Since no one knows exactly why egg fasting works, I can’t say if breaking those egg fast rules a bit does actually affect the weight loss. My experience is that I lost the most the first time I did it for 5 days straight. It is true that I had more fat % at the time that on any further trial. I think one of the important variables in egg fasting, at least for me, is not taking in any processed meats, limiting erythritol and nuts, and avoiding those occasional pieces of dark chocolate. 🙂 So, I occasionally do 3-day “egg fasts” without restricting greens, and it makes me feel awesome.

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