I’ve been known as the steak and eggs guy for a while now. It’s always my “go to” diet for quick weight loss. Because it works. Plain and simple.
At first, just my friends and family were aware of my wicked dieting ways. But when I published the diet here on my blog not so long ago, I quickly became known for it in the online world as well.
Not because I wrote just a single post on the subject, but because I actually wrote an entire series that chronicled my last two-month stint on the diet. Complete with overly revealing progress pictures. I still cringe when I see them.
For a brief rundown, here are the 3 posts that sum up my version of the diet best:
- The Steak and Eggs Diet Introduction – The most visited post on my site to date. This article explains why I needed to go on the diet. It included beginning pics, as well as some pictures from the previous time I was using the diet, just as a reference. It’s also been updated with links to all the weekly posts in the series. Consider it a warning for what’s to come.
- The Ultimate Steak and Eggs Diet – Here’s where I explain exactly how I use the diet for maximum effect. In a nutshell, it’s extreme and just plain fucking hard. But more effective than anything else out there.
- The Before and After Post – The final post in the series, this one includes the before pics, and a collection of after pictures. I was pleased with the results, even though I’d often strayed quite far from the diet protocol. Naturally, I’d had better results with past use of this diet when I followed the protocol strictly.
So What Is This Egg Diet?
It turns out that a good chunk of my traffic comes from folks searching for information about the steak and eggs diet. Apparently, I’ve become seen as a bit of an authority on the subject. I don’t know about the “authority” bit, but I am pretty damn experienced when it comes to using that diet.
And then I started seeing that a good portion of my visitors had actually found me using the search term “Egg Diet.”
What the hell is that?
I didn’t know. I’d never heard of it.
So I started digging. Turns out, the egg diet is one of the newer fad diets gaining fame at the moment. Supposedly, it’s become increasingly popular with celebrities looking to shed some pounds. And allegedly, Adrian Brody used it to drop 30 pounds for his role in The Pianist. That’s the rumor anyway.
But what exactly is it? From what I’ve seen, there are 3 main variations on the idea.
- The Standard Egg Diet – This is pretty basic. Eggs for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Vegetables and some fruit are allowed, but overall this is a fairly normal low carb diet, with the main source of protein and fat coming from eggs. I like it.
- The Egg and Grapefruit Diet – Again, you get 3 meals of eggs a day, but you are required to eat half a grapefruit with each meal. Aside from the annoyance of having half a grapefruit left over at the end of each day, citrus and eggs have just never settled that well for me. But maybe that’s just me. Anyway, I guess the idea is to pair the egg diet with the supposed fat burning ability of grapefruits. Personally, I don’t buy into that shit, so this variation doesn’t appeal to me.
- The Extreme Egg Diet – Nothing but eggs at every meal. Often suggested to be eaten as hard boiled. I have no doubt this is effective as fuck . . . if you could stick with it. But it would become disgusting and tiresome in short order. It’s hard enough to stick to my own version of the steak and eggs diet. This just sounds god-awful. I won’t be using it anytime soon.
How I Would Approach the Egg Diet
As mentioned above, I like the first version of the egg diet. As far as fad diets go, this one is pretty spot on. I’m a huge believer in low carb – from my years of experience I can say that it is just about the most effective solution to weight loss out there. Especially if you go paleo style, like with the Kill It or Grow It Diet.
I’m also a big believer in intermittent fasting. When I’m trying to lose weight, I usually add in some form of intermittent fasting on top of the diet. So I would approach this method as a two-meal per day diet. Breakfast and dinner.
Breakfast is easy. Eggs and bacon, eggs and sausage, eggs and liver (yeah yeah, don’t knock it ‘till you’ve tried it). You can cook your eggs however you want. I like ‘em scrambled with peppers and onions (and potatoes when I’m not dieting); and I like ‘em fried and runny with sausage, bacon and liver. Often times, I’ll even just mix some raw egg yolks in with some raw milk and chug it down for a quick and easy breakfast on the go. It’s delicious and healthy to boot.
Dinner can be a bit more challenging, but there are an endless variety of quiches you can make. If you’re serious about losing weight then ditch the crust. Add whatever non-carby veggies you like. And load it with meat and cheese. Omelet’s also make great dinners. And there’s always the good ‘ol steak and eggs standby. Green vegetables sautéed in butter or bacon grease make a great side.
If you absolutely cannot live without lunch, then I’d stick with steak or chicken salad with a couple hard boiled eggs crumbled on top. Or even just a solid helping of egg salad might suffice.
Finally, Which is Better For Quick Weight Loss?
The steak and eggs diet? Or the egg diet?
The steak and eggs diet. Because it combines a one-meal per day intermittent fasting method with an extremely low carb ketogenic diet. It’s not a fun diet by any means, but it is obscenely effective.
However . . .
It is meant strictly for short term quick weight loss. Nothing more.
The egg diet is more of a traditional low carb diet. It can be sustained for a much longer term, is a bit more balanced, and can still provide excellent fat loss results. In fact, for most people I would recommend the egg diet over the steak and eggs diet. The latter is just too extreme.
So, as usual, it comes down to what you’re looking to achieve. If you’re looking for a crash diet that’ll quickly melt the pounds, then steak and eggs is the way to go. And since we all know that crash diets are not healthy in the long run, I’ll just leave the warnings at that.
However, if you’re looking for a gentler and longer term solution – something that’ll still help you lose weight fairly quickly – then I’d suggest giving the egg diet a try. It’s not really as limited as its name implies. It’s simply a more focused approach to low carb fat loss.
And low carb works.
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