The fruit and egg diet is similar to the Atkins diet with some variation. The Atkins diet allows unlimited amounts of fat and animal protein but no carbohydrates. This diet eliminates most of the meats and substitutes eggs and fruit with occasional chicken or fish. The diet works by starving the body of fat fuel. Carbohydrates are normally converted to simple sugar called glucose. Excess glucose is stored as fat. Eliminating carbohydrates means your body needs to draw on stored fat for energy. The result is a type of thermogenic conversion process called Ketosis, which leads to weight loss.
Fruit and Eggs
The fruit and egg diet mainly consists of hard boiled eggs, grapefruit (or all fruit) and not much else. On this plan you will be taking in very few calories. A typical daily recipe is as low as 800 calories with the highest being approximately 1,200 so you should not stay on this low caloric diet for very long. The Mayo Clinic does not endorse the diet but recommends staying on this fad diet no longer than 12 days. Some plans are as long as four weeks. Consult a physician before starting any diet plan.
To prepare for the diet you will need to purchase several food items in large quantities as there is not much variety on this diet but rather a lot of the same food every day. The diet also has several versions: the three-week, four-week and 12-day plans. Decide first which plan you will attempt. Then to avoid falling off the plan purchase enough cartons of eggs as well as enough grapefruits, oranges, melon, apricots, pears and apples accordingly. You will also need chicken, fish and salad vegetables but keep in mind that these vary each day, so you probably will not need to buy as much.
A Sample Menu
A sample of the menu on the four week plan for the Fruit and Egg Diet is:
Breakfast: (the same every day): 1/2 grapefruit or citrus fruit and 2 boiled eggs Lunch: Boiled chicken or Boiled Fish and 1 fruit Dinner: One of the listed fruits (no limit) Dinner (choice 2): 2 boiled eggs and boiled vegetables (string beans, carrots or peas).
You may alternate dinners and lunches but the breakfast never changes nor do the menu options. If you understand one day, you basically understand the entire plan. Also, you may occasionally have a lunch that consists of one spoon of cottage cheese (or any white cheese) and boiled vegetables and one fruit. But this option should not be added until week three or four. Again, this diet is very calorie restricted, so it is wise to consult with your physician before starting.