At the beginning of the challenge, he weighs 93kg, with a body fat percentage of 20.7 and a 37.5 inch waist. His blood pressure is 127/87, and he has a cholesterol level of 253 mg/dL — which is already pretty high. “I was completely unaware that my cholesterol was this high when I started the experiment,” he says. “You can look fine to the eye, but with cholesterol you just never know.”
He keeps his calorie intake the same each day at 2,000, with around 840 calories taken up by the 12 eggs. Each morning he eats them poached, then in the evenings he either scrambles or fries them, makes omelettes, or improvises “egg tacos” to introduce a little novelty. “Towards the end of this experiment I was so sick of eggs I started to say screw it, I’m gonna get all 12 of these eggs in one meal,” he says. “Honestly, by the end of this challenge I swore that I’d never eat another egg.”
After eating 12 eggs a day for a whole week (that’s 84 eggs), his weight had dropped by 1.5kg pounds to 91.5, and his body fat had gone down by 0.8 percent. “My waist also saw a noticeable decrease in size in just 7 days, decreasing by one and a half inches,” he says. “While eating eggs I did certainly notice that my midsection slimmed down and the amount of fat in this area definitely decreased.”
However, while he achieved some pretty fast weight loss results, the dozen egg diet also had other effects on his body.
His blood pressure also changed from 127/87 to 120/88, and his testosterone actually dipped slightly. His already-high cholesterol went up even further, from 253 to 276 mg/dL, although he notes that there was an incremental increase in his good cholesterol HDL, which went from 48 to 52 mg/dL. However, his bad cholesterol went up too. “It’s a good thing I stopped after one week because my cholesterol was not improving, it was only getting worse,” he says.
This article originally appeared on Men’s Health