Are you one of millions of people who gave up eggs years ago due to concerns about cholesterol? If so, you should check out the latest research on why eggs can actually LOWER your cholesterol and help you lose weight. Eggs have gotten a bad rap over the years, but eating eggs instead of cereal in the morning can help you shed those excess pounds.
For starters, eggs are a great source of protein. They are also loaded with vitamins and minerals that help your eyes, brain, and heart. According to Dr. Johnny Bowden in book The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, eggs are one of the best sources of choline. Choline actually helps prevent the accumulation of cholesterol and fat in the liver. Eggs also contain lutein and zeaxanthin, two critical nutrients when it comes to eye health.
The best part is that you get all those great benefits in only 70 calories per egg! Research published in the International Journal of Obesity found that eating eggs for breakfast as part of a reduced-calorie diet helped overweight dieters lose 65% more weight and feel more energetic than dieters who ate a bagel breakfast of equal calories and volume. The study also found no significant difference in blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides between the individuals who ate the egg breakfast and those who ate the bagel breakfast.
In my years of leading Weigh 2 Go sessions, I’ve seen several members break through a weight loss plateau by swapping out their cereal breakfast for eggs (or another healthy protein, like greek yogurt or cottage cheese). I love cereal as much as the next person, but it’s very easy to overindulge. How many of us actually eat one serving of cereal? Not many! If you have 2 cups of cereal and 1 cup of milk, you are likely eating around 400 calories. One egg, along with a piece of whole wheat toast and butter, has only 200 calories and will keep you full longer.
So, if you want to kick-start your weight loss, welcome eggs back into your life! They are yummy, easy to fix, and will help you eat less and lose weight.
- International Journal of Obesity, http://www.nature.com/ijo/journal/v32/n10/abs/ijo2008130a.html
- 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth by Johnny Bowden