Have you ever wondered, why traditional breakfasts of many world’s cultures include boiled or scrambled eggs, omelets, various stratas, fritattas or other egg dishes? Egg is a really useful food, which can provide us with a daily dose of high-quality proteins, as well as with 14 essential nutrients and 9 essential amino acids. Eating eggs on a regular basis is known as an effective way to stimulate detoxification, satisfy the hunger for longer time and lower the risks of having some chronic diseases. However, recently American scientists found out that eating 2 eggs every morning (as a part of a low-calorie diet) can substantially boost a healthy weight loss in all overweight adults. The results of this interesting study were published in the International Journal of Obesity in August 2008.
According to the research carried out in 2007-2008 by a group of the specialists at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, by eating 2 eggs for breakfast as a part of low-calorie diet, overweight people can enhance their weight loss up to 65%. The experiment involved 152 subjects (age 25-60 years) with high BMI. They were assigned to 4 groups, 2 of which were prescribed to eating a 2-egg breakfast every morning, and the other 2 were prescribed to eating bagles breakfast of the same total energy (kcal). After 8 weeks of the study, it was found out that all the members of the group, who were prescribed to eating 2 eggs every morning in conjunction with a reduce-calorie diet:
- managed to lose 65% more weight than the members of other experimental groups;
- managed to achieve 61% greater improvement of their Body Mass Index;
- reported about experiencing higher energy levels.
“People have a hard time adhering to diets and our research shows that choosing eggs for breakfast can dramatically improve the success of a weight loss plan. Apparently, the increased satiety and energy due to eggs helps people better comply with a reduced-calorie diet,” Nikhil V. Dhurandhar, Ph.D., the lead researcher of the group comments on the experiment. According to the conclusions of the research, eggs should be included to a weight management program as an effective nutritional supplement to enhance weight loss. However, eating eggs on a regular basis is not associated with weight loss if not supported by an energy-deficit diet.Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.