Eggs For Weight Loss: Top Tips For Eating

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When you think eggs, think satiety, and feeling satiated helps you achieve your weight loss goal.  As usual, I like to explore the meaning of words, and this month, satiety provokes my interest.  To be satiated means to be full, to be satisfied completely, and is usually related to food.  Eating eggs are a smart strategy to achieve that goal.

Your weight on the scale is just one measure of your health…other numbers like your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar more acuarately reflect your risk for disease.  If you’re “dieting” for weight loss, are you changing your habits permanently?  Or are your changes temporary, designed only to measure your weight?  All “diets’ work”…in terms of reducing calories and increasing activity, what you do to reduce those calories can make a big difference in maintaining your goal weight.

A recent study comparing a breakfast of eggs compared to bagels is exciting.  Two groups consumed a similar number of calories and protein, but the egg group (2 breakfast eggs daily) felt fuller and more satisfied before lunchtime compared to the bagel breakfast group.  The researchers estimate that because they were more satiated from eggs at breakfast, they ate less for lunch…significantly less, about 160 calories less per day.  That adds up!  And they reported being less hungry from the rest of day.  Over the course of one year you could tip that scale in your favor, because you’re consuming about 17 pounds worth of fewer calories.

But, hold on…are all egg breakfasts created equal?  No, because it’s all in the preparation.  A healthy food, on its own, may have the power of satiety, and then be adulterated and changed so that it’s barely recognizable. Think of that poor baked potato, with just about 100 smart calories, sitting innocently in its bare skin, full of potassium, magnesium, and with fiber and protein too.  But when you glob on sour cream and cheese, then that potato becomes a vehicle for fat—each added tablespoon has about has many calories as the potato itself.

And it’s the same with eggs!  Eggs, those small gems of tasty nutrition, with about 85 calories, zinc, iron and vitamins A, D, E and B12 and about 6 grams of protein—they contain all the essential amino acids necessary for good health. But fried in fat, scrambled in whole fat milk, or covered with cheese, well, that’s adding hundreds of calories and grams of saturated fat.  Uncover the true taste and benefits of eggs for staying satisfied while losing weight.

  • Breakfast:  My favorite quick-hot-egg breakfasts is cracking an egg into a microwave-proof cup, cook for 1 minute, top with a grind of sea salt and cracked pepper.
  • Hard boiled eggs are great for grab-and-go.
  • Lunch:  Slice a hard boiled over whole wheat pita: layer on some slices of tomato and avocado.  Egg salad is a breeze to make: add diced celery, onion, and a tablespoon of nonfat Greek yogurt and a teaspoon of Dijon mustard.
  • Dinner: Think frittata, an open-faced omelet.  My favorite is beating a couple of eggs per person with some non-fat buttermilk, then quick-sauté your favorite veggies: mushrooms, onions, peppers, and tomatoes, then cook in a medium-hot skillet until set.  Now you’re cooking with gas!

Holt SH, et al.  A satiety index of common foods.  European Journal of Clinical Nutrition September 1995; 49(9).  Accessed online November 29, 12.
Vander Wal, JS, et al.  Short-term effect of eggs on satiety in overweight and obese subjects.  Journal of the American  College of Nutrition December 2005 vol. 24 no. 6.  Accessed online November 29, 12.

4 thoughts on “Eggs For Weight Loss: Top Tips For Eating

  1. Studies also haven’t proven it’s the curbing of carbs—rather than the restricting of calories—that produces weight loss. A study published in 2009 in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that over a two-year period participants lost roughly the same amount of weight—6 to 7½ pounds—whether they were on a low-carb (35 percent carbs) or higher-carb (65 percent carbs) diet. In 2003, researchers who analyzed about 100 low-carb studies concluded in the Journal of the American Medical Association that weight loss on those diets was associated mostly with cutting overall calories and not specifically with cutting carbs.

    1. Yes, but certainly there are studies that show that eggs are a great ingredient in healthy, weight-wise diets. Enjoy eggs for not only their nutritional value, but also for taste and they’re an economical way to balance your diet with protein and other nutrients.

  2. In May 2004, two published studies reaffirmed the safety and efficacy of low-carbohydrate diets. In the first study, 120 study participants were assigned to a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet or a low-fat, low-cholesterol, low-calorie diet. The low-carbohydrate group was allowed unlimited calories, animal foods (meat, fowl, fish, and shellfish), and eggs, as well as 4 ounces of hard cheese, two cups of salad vegetables (lettuce, spinach, or celery) and one cup of low-carbohydrate vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, or squash). The low-fat, low-cholesterol, low-calorie group consumed less than 30% of daily caloric intake from fat, less than 10% of calories from saturated fat, and less than 300 mg cholesterol daily. After six months, weight loss was greater in the low-carbohydrate diet group than in the low-fat diet group. Compared with the low-fat diet group, the low-carbohydrate diet group had greater decreases in serum triglyceride levels and greater increases in HDL cholesterol levels (William Yancy Jr. et al., “A Low-Carbohydrate, Ketogenic Diet versus a Low-Fat Diet to Treat Obesity and Hyperlipidemia: A Randomized, Controlled Trial,” Annals of Internal Medicine, vol. 140, no. 10, May 18, 2004).

  3. Low carb = low cal. That’s why it works. Plain and simple. When you reovme one whole macronutrient from your plate, you reduce your calories by approx 1/3rd. Was nothing to do with food type. You can lose weight eating pasta, or rice, or yams. So long as you run a calorie deficit. I eat lean protein, carbs, fat. I just eat less and I exercise more. I lost 30 lbs in 4 months and kept it off 2 yrs now. Eat from smaller plates. Ur eyes see a full plate, but ur eating less. Go walking too