Thursday, April 5, 2012

Boiled Eggs & A Flat Belly

I have found that having boiled eggs, or eggs in general in my diet everyday has helped with my weight loss efforts.  Granted I'm on a high protein, low carb diet, so just cutting the crap out of my diet helps.  However eggs are a quick and easy way to get good solid protein and fats into the diet AND I like them! 

A study published in the International Journal of Obesity reveals that those who have an egg breakfast, have a waist circumference that is more slender than those who ate the same amount of calories from bagels. But, although it’s good to eat boiled eggs, limit it to six points or less per week. (Read more: How to get a flat stomach naturally at Healthy Living Guide

If you're a cholesterol worrier, you can always do egg whites which are fantastic pure protein with low to no fat. AND by the way, eggs aren't the dietary demons they're cracked up to be. Common misconceptions keep many people, especially those worried about heart disease, from eating eggs. In a July 2006 issue of the Harvard Heart Letter, they unscramble the dietary facts and myths about the ever controversial egg.

Fact: Eggs are a good source of nutrients. One egg contains 6 grams of protein and some healthful unsaturated fats. Eggs are also a good source of choline, which has been linked with preserving memory, and lutein and zeaxanthin, which may protect against vision loss.

Fact: Eggs have a lot of cholesterol. The average large egg contains 212 milligrams of cholesterol. As foods go, that’s quite a bit, rivaled only by single servings of liver, shrimp, and duck meat.

Myth: All that cholesterol goes straight to your bloodstream and then into your arteries. Not so. For most people, only a small amount of the cholesterol in food passes into the blood. Saturated and trans fats have much bigger effects on blood cholesterol levels.

Myth: Eating eggs is bad for your heart. The only large study to look at the impact of egg consumption on heart disease—not on cholesterol levels or other intermediaries—found no connection between the two. In people with diabetes, though, egg-a-day eaters were a bit more likely to have developed heart disease than those who rarely ate eggs.
If you like eggs, eating one a day should be okay, especially if you cut back on saturated and trans fats. Other ways to enjoy eggs without worrying about cholesterol include not eating the yolk, which contains all the cholesterol, or using pourable egg whites or yolk-free egg substitutes.  Personally, I boil mine which cuts down on the extra stuff you need to cook them in, and it makes them easily transportable.  :)

Now for today's log and the numbers...

Food Log:
8am - coffee w/half & half and sweet & low
11am - 2 hard boiled eggs w/salt
12pm - grilled chicken parm
2pm - iced decaf coffee w/half & half and sweet & low
4pm - 60 calorie Jello Dark Chocolate Temptations
7pm - 4 grilled chicken skewers w/taziki sauce

Activity Log:
15 minutes walking at 3.0 pace
60 minutes walking at 3.0 pace

Day 4 weight: 145 lbs (down 6 lbs.)

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