A hard-boiled egg can be a good source of protein that takes the edge off hunger, but the new “boiled egg diet” takes things a little too far. That’s what two dietitians believe, as a restrictive new weight-loss trend is said to be gaining momentum on social media. What exactly is the boiled egg diet? Here’s important insight you should know.
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Women’s Health has reported on the boiled egg diet, which apparently is stirring buzz online. This diet isn’t exactly what it sounds like (fortunately). While it is composed of boiled eggs, that’s not all that’s on the menu. According to WH, the boiled egg diet also includes a list of lean proteins (fish, pork, poultry minus skin), non-starchy vegetables (think leafy greens, broccoli, bell peppers, asparagus, and carrots), a very select handful of fruits (berries, lemons, grapefruit and watermelon), and minimal fats (butter, mayonnaise, and coconut oil).
The boiled egg component of the diet generally comes in as the diet calls for an individual to eat two eggs with fruit at breakfast, then vegetables with eggs or another lean protein at both lunch and dinner, according to registered dietitian and nutritionist Erin Palinski-Wade.
Anytime you subtract all the carbohydrates from your diet, it’s going to help you lose weight—but not in a healthy way. Palinski-Wade says the problem with the boiled egg diet is that it doesn’t provide your body with all the nutrition you need.
To this point, WH also cites Keri Gans, another registered dietitian and nutritionist, listing the foods that are off limits on the boiled egg diet: “[…T]he diet suggests avoiding all processed foods, and even other veggies like potatoes, corn, peas, and legumes. You’re also asked to avoid some fruits: bananas, pineapple, mango, dried fruits, and sweetened beverages.”
Just one example of why this isn’t ideal for your health comes from a brand-new study that’s stressing why eating whole grains is so important to cardiovascular health, and how whole grains can even help you lose weight.
A couple hard-boiled eggs are a good snack now and then, but several a day? It wouldn’t be sustainable for most people to diet successfully, Palinski-Wade suggests.
Also, it’s important to remember that while eggs have some super health benefits, they’re also a source of cholesterol and saturated fat. If you’re not egged-out, peek at One Major Side Effect of Eating Too Many Eggs, Says Science.
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Breakfast for dinner doesn’t have to mean a sad plate of scrambled eggs. Try this frittata recipe: Beat 6 eggs with black pepper, a pinch of salt and Parmesan cheese. Sauté 1/2 cup of chopped asparagus and 1/2 cup of chopped lean ham in 1 teaspoon of melted butter or coconut oil for 3 minutes in an oven-safe pan. Add the egg mixture to the pan and stir gently. Cook until the egg mixture has set on the bottom, about 4 minutes, and sprinkle with parsley. Place the pan in the oven and broil for about 3 minutes, or until the frittata is lightly browned. Serves 3.
Slipping some egg onto your sandwich is an easy way to boost your midday protein intake and ward off mid-afternoon hunger pangs. Try topping a lunch BLT with avocado slices and an egg for a slimming protein-and-healthy-fat combo. Dining at home? Cook an egg sunny side up for your sandwich. The yolk makes a sauce for the whole dish that’s worth breaking out the fork and knife.
You can make your own fried rice quickly and easily. This recipe is perfect on those rights when you need some energizing—stat! Boil 1 cup of water with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 2 tablespoons of low-sodium soy sauce. Add 1 cup of instant rice and stir. Remove from heat, cover and let sit for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, heat 1 teaspoon of sesame oil in a wok or skillet over medium heat, before sautéing 1/2 cup each of onions, green beans and bean sprouts and 2 garlic cloves for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in 1 beaten egg and scramble for 2 minutes before stirring in the rice and mix. Top it off with 2 finely chopped green onions and a dash of pepper. Top with stir-fried chicken breast or grilled shrimp.
A big bowl of oatmeal is your morning go-to now, right? Right? Good! Now take that big boost of energy to the next level with a cooking trick. Get a little extra protein by stirring in a whole egg while your oats are cooking. (Tip: Add some sweetness before serving by drizzling it all with vanilla extract and a sprinkle of cinnamon.) Similarly, you can thicken up broths and soups by adding a beaten egg at the end of cooking; just stir and remove from heat.