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Egg breakfast boosts weight loss

A study published online in the International Journal of Obesity shows that eating two eggs for breakfast, as part of a reduced-calorie diet, helps overweight adults lose more weight and feel more energetic than those who eat a bagel breakfast of equal calories.
This study supports previous research, published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, which showed that people who ate eggs for breakfast felt more satisfied and ate fewer calories at the following meal.

"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," said lead researcher Nikhil V Dhurandhar. "Apparently, the increased satiety and energy due to eggs helps people better comply with a reduced-calorie diet."

Compared to the subjects who ate a bagel breakfast, men and women who consumed two eggs for breakfast as part of a reduced-calorie diet:

  • Lost 65% more weight.
  • Exhibited a 61% greater reduction in BMI.
  • Reported higher energy levels than their dieting counterparts who consumed a bagel breakfast.

The egg and bagel breakfasts provided the same number of calories and had identical weights (energy density), which is an important control factor in satiety and weight loss studies.

The researchers also found that blood lipids were not impacted during the two month study. They found that blood levels of HDL and LDL cholesterol, as well as triglycerides, did not vary compared to baseline cholesterol blood levels in subjects who ate either the bagel or egg breakfasts. These findings add to more than 30 years of research that conclude that healthy adults can enjoy eggs without significantly impacting their risk of heart disease.

International Journal of Obesity

Will you be recommending this diet to your overweight patients? Your comments: (Terms and conditions apply)

"Good news. But what about one's cholesterol level?" - V Henry, N15

"Thank goodness (pun intended) that researchers are beginning to recognise the value of a good balanced diet containing wholesome ingredients like eggs, milk, vegetables and fruit." - Marilyn Midgley, Station House Surgery, Kendal