Ah, the ever so humble egg. If we could sing a love song to this seemingly boring food and pantry staple, we probably would just because it’s so darn good. More than being a tasty food ingredient, however, eggs are also fantastic because they’re among some of the healthiest foods you could possibly include in your diet.
For individuals that are trying to lose weight, here are a few egg-xcellent reasons to eat eggs regularly.
Reason #1: They’re Packed with Vitamins
Vitamins? In eggs? That’s right! Eggs are packed with several vitamins like B2 (riboflavin), B12 (cobolamin), A (retinol), and E (tocopherol). All of these vitamins are important and necessary to maintain a healthy body. For example, vitamin B2 is incredibly helpful when it comes to breaking the food you eat down into energy. Meanwhile, vitamin E helps your body battle free radicals that are responsible for cellular and tissue damage.
Reason #2: They’re Low in Calories
It goes without saying that one of the ways you lose weight is by lowering the number of calories that you consume in a day. In fact, you should be going for a caloric deficit daily. Eggs are egg-ceptionally helpful when it comes to this because they’re pretty low in calories.
If you want to get exact, one large egg has approximately 78 calories in it. To create a low calorie but filling meal, all you need is about 2 or 3 eggs, tons of high fiber vegetables and a little creativity.
Reason #3: They’re Cheap
We don’t know if you’ve noticed this, but we’ve found that oftentimes, eating healthy and maintaining a diet of whole foods is more expensive than eating less healthy foods. Honestly, we don’t understand the logic nor do we feel happy about this, which is why we’re pretty ecstatic when it comes to the relatively low price point of a dozen eggs. A healthier and widely accessible food source? Sign us up pronto!
Reason #4: They’ll Keep You Full
Eggs are very, very nutrient dense ingredients. More than that, they’re also very filling ingredients. Why? Because they’re unbelievably full of protein. It’s a well-known fact that high protein foods have equally high satiety factors, so including eggs in your diet will help to reduce your appetite and keep you nice and full until it’s time for your next meal. Additionally, since eggs rank pretty high on the Satiety Index Scale, there’s a smaller chance of you being tempted to snack on unhealthy treats.
Reason #5: They’re Easy to Cook
Don’t get us wrong, we appreciate a fancy and painstakingly prepared meal as much as the next food enthusiast, but that doesn’t mean that we want to spend hours on a single meal every day. This leads us to yet another reason why eggs are awesome for weight loss: they’re easy to prepare.
Eggs are super tasty pretty much any way you choose to cook them, so you can whip up a tasty meal to start your day in just a few minutes. You could poach some eggs for a healthier Eggs Benedict or whip up an ultra-fluffy omelet for a quick and delicious breakfast.
Reason #6: They’ll Potentially Boost Your Metabolism
Did you know that a high-protein diet could potentially boost your metabolism by nearly 100 calories per day? Considering the fact that you need to be running at a pretty fast pace for decent amount of time just to burn 100 calories, it’s a big help to get that boost from a food ingredient.
Eggs aren’t just high in protein; they’re also packed with all the right essential amino acids in exactly the right ratios. Eating eggs regularly provides your body with protein for maintenance and metabolism.
Reason 7: They Have Most of the Essential Minerals You Need
Vitamins are a crucial part of maintaining a healthy body. Happily, eggs are rich in many of the essential minerals that our body’s need regularly. For example, eggs are high in iron, which help with energy levels, mood and overall wellness.
Eggs are also quite high in zinc, which helps our immune systems stay in tip top shape as well as convert food into energy sources. Lastly, eggs are full of phosphorous, which are important for the maintenance of strong and healthy bones as well as healthy teeth. It doesn’t stop there though! Eggs also contain a few helpful trace elements such as iodine and selenium.
Reason 8: They’re (Actually) Heart Smart
When we ask people why they choose not to eat eggs, many of them say it’s because they think it’s going to increase their cholesterol levels and increase their chances at developing heart disease. To that we say, “Codswallop!”
Don’t believe us? Take a look at the research. For over 40 years, studies have been conducted on the impact that eggs have on high cholesterol, and the verdict is clear: you can eat eggs without significantly impacting your chances for heart disease. In fact, some more recent studies have concluded that eating an egg a day actually lowers your risk of a stroke by 12 percent!
Reason 9: They Help Build Muscle
Working out and lifting weights tears our muscle fibers apart. This is why post-workout nutrition is so important if you’re looking to increase your muscle mass or get as lean as possible. Eating protein-rich foods like eggs will help aid your muscle recovery and will help to build muscle mass. To encourage the repair of muscle tissue and protein synthesis, you’ll need to ingest about 20 to 30 grams of protein with each meal, especially the meals you have after a workout.
Reason 10: They’ll Test Your Creativity
Eggs are good for any meal of the day and any kind of cuisine that you’re craving for the day too. For example, a few eggs scrambled together with mirin and low sodium soy sauce make a fantastic Japanese-style egg roll, while mashing an egg with some bananas result in delicious carbohydrate-free pancakes. Being able to experiment and enjoy creativity in the kitchen keeps the weight loss process exciting and easier to stick to.