Should you eat those eggs?
Let’s say it is a wonderful evening, and you decide to go out on a first date with this cute guy (or beautiful lady as the case may be). So, you get into this fancy restaurant and have a nice conversation, then the waiter comes and asks “what would you be having tonight?”. You ask for a fancy food or something and then your date asks for eggs. 2 boiled eggs as an aperitif, 8 boiled eggs for the main meal and then 4 boiled eggs for dessert. How would you react? I guess many of us wouldn’t want to think about the future of his/her heart because, with that amount of cholesterol every day, the future seems bleak for the heart. That is an extreme case of the egg diet, however. When you use the egg diet properly, you do not have to worry about cholesterol damaging the heart – not all cholesterol is bad, its LDL cholesterol that’s the bad guy here. Also, when you eat eggs the right way, the only thing you have to lose is your weight. We are going to show you how to use the egg diet properly. However, we want to answer this question first – does the egg diet work?
Does the egg diet work?
The short answer is “yes if…”. The egg diet works under certain conditions. Studies show that for the egg diet to work, you have to reduce the number of carbs you take in. If you want to lose weight, eggs cannot help you much if you stuff yourself silly with carbs. A study by J. S. Vander Wal in 2009 discovered that eggs for breakfast can help you get fuller, reduce appetite and ultimately make you lose weight. A reduced appetite will decrease the amount of food and snacks you eat and hence it will reduce the total amount of calories you take in. The study discovered that eggs are better than bagels in causing weight loss. So, yes, egg diet can help you lose weight but, you have to really reduce those carbs if you want it to work. In this study, subjects ate two eggs five times a week. What about the cholesterol in eggs – would it increase cholesterol levels since eggs contain about 213mg of cholesterol? It would help if you do not take cholesterol at face value. Cholesterol is a vital chemical used to make other chemicals in the liver. There are two types of cholesterol molecules in the body that we are concerned about (though there are more really). The LDL cholesterol (called low-density lipoprotein) is a bad type of cholesterol it is this type that increases the risk of heart disease. The HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol is actually a healthy type of cholesterol – it actually helps remove cholesterol from the body. Studies suggest that eggs tend to increase HDL slightly and reduce the total body cholesterol – at least in the short term. So, eggs may be good for you in the short term. Although, when it comes to the effect of eggs on cholesterol levels, studies are conflicting.
The 3-day egg diet menu:
There are three versions of the egg diet plan. There is the traditional version, the egg and grapefruit diet, and the extreme egg diet version.
The following 3-day egg diet menu in the traditional version would look something like 2 boiled eggs (or omelet) with grapefruit or spinach and mushrooms for breakfast; roasted chicken with vegetable salad for lunch and fish (or one egg) and kale for dinner. The egg and grapefruit version looks similar to the traditional method but you always have to add grapefruit to all your meals. The extreme version consists of nothing but eggs. We do not recommend the extreme version because although eggs are a rich source of proteins, fats, and minerals; it cannot provide all the nutrients you need. More so, if you are going to eat only eggs every day, you will most likely get “egg-sick”. You are to eat this for 3 days a week. Make sure that the 3 days you choose are not consecutive days. A mild form is following the 3-day egg diet menu for 3 non-consecutive days and then eating healthy foods for the rest of the week. The egg diet does not give you the minimum calories you need, so on the alternate days, you can just eat up to the minimum calorie requirements. An extreme form of the 3-day egg diet plan is eating egg diet for 3 non-consecutive days of the week and doing intermittent fasting on the other days. This will lead to greater weight loss but is more difficult to follow.
Our thoughts on following the 3-day egg diet menu:
Following the 3-day ssegg, diet menu is a great way to lose weight in the short term. Following this menu for about 7 or 8 weeks does not seem to have serious adverse effects on your health and you could lose about 20 pounds of weight by following this pattern. However, the long-term effects have not really been studied so if you go on this diet long term, you are charting unknown territory – thread carefully. In all, the 3-day egg diet is great for short-term weight loss. If you want to go long term, you could cycle a 2 months course following the 3-day egg diet menu, with about 4 months off this diet. You can do other weight loss methods during your off period. Also, remember that exercises are as important in losing weight as your diet. Make sure to always exercise.