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Weight loss better with eggs for breakfast

The article by Nikhil Dhurandhar is still to be published in the International Journal of Obesity, but the results were publicised early in the summer of 2007. Web logs picked up on them at the time: eggs for breakfast make losing weight easier.

Weight loss better with eggs for breakfast
It may be a little late, but we took a look at the study anyway: you never know.

The researchers did a trial with one hundred and fifty test subjects, divided into four groups. The Bagel-group got a breakfast each morning that consisted of bagels - rolls containing little fat and made from white flour. The Egg-group ate scrambled egg made from two eggs for breakfast.

Both groups tried to lose weight by reducing their calorie intake.

The dieters that ate eggs for breakfast lost weight more quickly during the eight weeks of the trial, as you can see below.

Weight loss better with eggs for breakfast

Compared with the dieting bagel-eaters, the dieting egg-eaters lost sixty percent more of their BMI, sixty percent more weight, thirty percent more from their waist measurement and sixteen percent more body fat. [Hmm – but that would mean that the egg-eaters also lose more fat-free mass… That's not so good, is it?]

The researchers do not believe that the egg-eaters lost weight more easily because they consumed more protein. At each breakfast, they write, the egg-eaters consumed a few grams more protein than the bagel-eaters. But those few grams could never have so much effect. The researchers think that there is something in eggs that provides a feeling of satiety and that as a result, egg eaters also eat less at lunch.

One egg contains 213 mg cholesterol. But the cholesterol levels of the egg-eaters did not get worse, the researchers discovered.

The research looks like a Good News Show for eggs. No wonder that the egg world publicised the contents of the research so eagerly, long before the results were published in the International Journal of Obesity. And why the sector was so enthusiastic about the study is obvious of course: the sector, in the form of the American Egg Board, paid for the research itself. And he who pays the piper calls the tune.

Int J Obes (Lond). 2008 Aug 5. [Epub ahead of print].