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Eggs For A Healthy Diet

Submitted by Loring A. Windblad on November 18, 2010

Egg Diet

Today many people are conscious of keeping a check on their weight and even try loosing weight to look attractive. Going to the gym or even working out has become a necessity to a lot of people in order to stay fit and healthy. Diets play a very important part in helping you loose weight and stay fit. There are a number of diets available in the market today however to loose weight and be healthy you have to choose the correct diet plan according to your body type and ensure that the diet consists of natural ingredients. This will help give you the desired result and avoid any undesirable side effects.

The Egg Diet is one such diet that has become very popular over the last few years, as there have been many reports of famous people and celebrities who have lost weight successfully by eating only eggs.  It is a diet that is rich in protein, but low in carbohydrates. The egg diet is a modified version of the Atkins diet as it includes eating more eggs. The egg diet follows the rule of restricting the intake of carbohydrates.

By cutting down or avoiding carbohydrates it will cut down the source that creates fats. Lesser fats means easier it is to loose weight.

You have to be careful as there are a lot of versions of the egg diet that ask you to restrict yourself to eating only eggs, this can be potentially harmful to your body.

The most popular versions will tell you the have eggs along with some fruits and low carbohydrates supplying foods and lean protein foods. This will help give your body the nutrition needed and at the same time it will keep you healthy. But if you try the extreme egg diet of having only eggs, it will help you loose weight drastically and much faster but it can cause risks such as nutritional deficiency and also severe disruption to their health and well-being.

This extreme egg diet will make you feel nauseated, and weak because of withdraw symptoms from carbohydrates and sugars. The popular egg diet is not harmful as it lets you eat other low carbohydrate and sugar foods. It includes small portions of lean protein foods such as chicken of fish along with eggs for lunch and dinner. Low carbohydrate vegetables, salads and fruits can be included along with the eggs as well but in very limited proportions and should be restricted to one or two serving per day. There is another version of the egg diet that includes the consumption of Grapefruit. All you have to do is eat half a grapefruit in every meal along with the similar popular diet plan.  An example of one of popular egg diet plans you can follow is; for breakfast eat 2 to 3 boiled eggs along with half a grapefruit. For lunch you can once again have 2 to 3 eggs either boiled or cooked along with some green salads and skinned roasted chicken. And for dinner eat low carbohydrate vegetables like tomato and spinach along with a 2 egg omelet.

Another important thing to remember when following such a diet is water. Adequate water intake is a very important thing for successful fat loss. If you don’t drink enough water you may not get the desired results. If you work involves a lot of physical activity and you have to move around a lot outside, you should be drinking about a gallon a day. For those that work inside, a half-gallon should be sufficient. Of course, more is always better when it comes to water.

Eggs are considered to be one of the staple foods of a good breakfast and have been a part of human existence ever since chickens were domesticated. Eggs are basically a complete source of nutrition that contains nearly all of the requirements of a meal which includes proteins, carbohydrates, fat and some vitamins. There are also some other substances that are worth noting like choline.

Choline is an ammonium salt that is the precursor for the production of cholinesterase and acetylcholine in the body. These are the neural on and off switches for every neural impulse. It is the deficiency or defects in the cholinergic system that causes diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

The other essential nutrients in eggs are quite numerous. There are two types of nutrients and building blocks that our body uses. There are nutrients that our body can synthesize and there are nutrients that have to be acquired from dietary sources – essential nutrients. Some of the essential nutrients in eggs include tryptophan, isoleucine, leucine, methionine, cystine, and many others. These are useful to us at a cellular level for the growth and maintenance of different cells.

On the other hand of the nutritional chart come some non-essential parts like cholesterol. Cholesterol in the diet is one of the leading causes of heart disease in humans. Cholesterol is non-essential because the liver is the part of the body that is responsible for creating cholesterol – just the right amount that the body needs to create hormones. When cholesterol is ingested in the diet, more than the adequate amount builds up and can cause atherosclerosis. This is one of the biggest drawbacks of ingesting eggs for other nutritional benefits. Some of the other drawbacks of eating eggs lie in the possibility of eggs causing diseases like Type 2 diabetes.

The question of how many eggs are really beyond the danger mark is quite difficult to ascertain as it would vary depending on the activity levels of each person and their predisposition to certain types of diseases. However, bearing this in mind, consuming at least one egg for breakfast a week is a good way to tank up on essential nutrients.

Children, on the other hand, can indulge a bit more than that and even have an egg every day since their growing requirements will require everything that an egg has to offer. Even if your consumption of eggs is more than just one a week, you should ensure that you get an adequate amount of exercise to compensate for the increased levels of fat in your body.

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