Healthiest Eggs for Weight Loss
New research by Michigan's Rochester Center for Obesity Research shows that eating eggs for breakfast could help limit your calorie intake throughout the rest of the day - potentially shaving off more than 400 calories per day. In a study of eating habits of 30 overweight or obese women, researchers had half of the women eat egg-based breakfasts and the other half consume bagel-based breakfasts for a period of time. Each meal had the same amount of calories and almost identical levels of protein.
The results - Researchers found that at lunchtime, the egg eaters felt less hungry and ate smaller lunches than did the bagel eaters. But the weight loss benefits didn't stop there. Over the next 36 hours, the egg eaters consumed an average 417 calories less than the bagel eaters.
But not all eggs are created equally. To assure you're choosing the healthiest options, look for these three factors:
1. Pastured eggs: Hens who feed in pastures tend to get a whole lot more of what nature intended for them than do hens that care continuously caged and often get synthetic and arguably less healthy supplements. Among the health benefits of pastured eggs:
- 1⁄3 less cholesterol
- 1⁄4 less saturated fat
- 2⁄3 more vitamin A
- 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
- 3 times more vitamin E
- 7 times more beta carotene
- 4 to 6 times more vitamin D
2. Omega-3s and DHAs: Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation has proven effective for promoting not only weight loss but also overall fat loss and belly fat loss in multiple trials. Plus, it boasts an exhaustive range of health benefits from treating dry eye syndrome to reducing the risk of coronary heart disease. DHAs (long-chain Omega 3 fatty acids) are potent gene regulators that stimulate genes most closely associated with health, including healthy metabolism of calories.
3. Color and thickness: To tell if the eggs already in your kitchen are healthy, break and take a look at them. The yolk will have a darker, more orange than yellowish color and will take up a larger portion of the full egg than will the yoke of a less healthy egg. Also, the thick part of the egg white will be larger and noticeably thicker.
For more weight loss tips and tricks, visit your nearest Metabolic Research Center location. Call 800-501-8090 to schedule an appointment.
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