Several versions of the egg diet are available on various websites, and the most common one is a low-carbohydrate version, according to the Every Diet website. Along with eating eggs twice a day, the instructions also specify eating tomatoes on most days either at lunch or dinner. Strictly following the diet is purported to cause weight loss of 10 pounds in 10 days. It is meant to be followed for only two weeks or less.
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The daily menu for the egg diet includes two or more eggs for breakfast along with a side dish, according to Every Diet. Either lunch or dinner includes another serving of eggs, although some versions allow a substitution of lean protein. All eggs must be boiled or poached, and small-framed women should eat only one egg per meal, advises the Lucille Roberts website.
Other foods allowed include reasonable portions of boiled or broiled lean meat, including beef, lamb, poultry and fish. Pork and shellfish are not acceptable on this diet. You may have one or two servings of fruit daily, and unlimited amounts of salad and low-carbohydrate vegetables, such as tomatoes. No salad dressing or butter is allowed. The diet does not include bread, pasta or potatoes. Alcohol is prohibited during the diet.
The Every Diet and Lucille Roberts websites both provide sample menus for the egg diet. Breakfast every day consists of one or two eggs along with half a grapefruit, low-carbohydrate vegetables or lean protein. Another egg serving later in the day could be an omelet with spinach and tomato. For dinner, have lean meat, chicken or fish along with a lettuce, carrot and tomato salad. The Lucille Roberts version allows substitutions for the second serving of eggs after the first week. You may substitute 3 ounces of lean beef, 1/2 cup salmon, 8 ounces of sardines, 1 small can of tuna, two frankfurters or 1/2 cup cottage cheese.
Do not eat between meals on the egg diet, and do your best to eat meals at the same time each day, advises the Lucille Roberts site. Do not skip any meals. Drink at least six glasses of water per day. You also may drink coffee and tea, but do not add cream or sugar. Take a multivitamin every day.
High-protein, low-carbohydrate diets help decrease appetite, according to Every Diet. However, the website cautions that this particular diet is not a healthy or balanced plan. It eliminates entire food groups and numerous vegetables, so it is not useful for a long-term plan. In addition, without learning how to change eating habits, regain of weight is likely.