By: NC Egg Association
What is it?
The Boiled Egg Diet is a lose-weight-quick diet growing in popularity around the world, and everyone loves it for a reason: It’s easy to follow, budget friendly, and doesn’t leave you hungry all the time (like many other diets do).
How does it work?
The diet is simple; you stick to lean proteins and aim to cut calories. This means eating a lot of eggs, chicken, turkey, and lean fish for protein– boiled eggs for breakfast and eggs or other forms of protein for lunch and dinner. On the side, you can eat low carb fruits and vegetables, like these:
In addition to focusing on fueling your body with positive proteins, fruits, and veggies, the Hard Boiled Egg Diet also aims to cut calories. To do so, you must cut processed and fried foods, sugars, salt, fatty meats, and alcohol. (Extra Perk: With this kind of change, most people find they have so much more energy throughout the day!)
See a sample hard boiled egg diet plan here.
Is it good for you?
Like all diets, there are pros and cons to the boiled egg diet. Eggs have such great nutritional value–being so high in protein, low in fat, full of vitamins and minerals (vitamin B-12, vitamin D, vitamin A, vitamin B-6, Iron, Calcium, and Magnesium), and low in calories. If you’re concerned about cholesterol, don’t be; a recent study shows that eating 1-3 eggs per day resulted in increased HDL (“good”) cholesterol, decreased blood pressure, and did not change LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels. The cholesterol present in eggs actually escalates the body’s ability to maintain high HDL levels (read more about eggs and heart health at our “Fueling Fitness with Protein” blog here). Additionally, cutting out junk food in general is an important and health-benefiting factor of the Boiled Egg Diet, along with bringing more fruits and veggies into your daily intake. These general habits are beneficial to start practicing for a quality life overall.
A main concern some have with this diet is the fact that it’s a short term way many use to lose weight quick. Some have lost 20 lbs in 2 weeks on this plan. The most important thing is to make sure you talk to your doctor beforehand and avoid going to an extreme with your diet plan. We recommend you cater this diet to your personal lifestyle and integrate it with your current diet to create sustainable healthy eating habits–this way you can lose weight and be able to keep it off in a healthy manner.
Whether you’re planning on starting the Boiled Egg Diet or you just want some delicious recipes for your day to day life, check out our delicious recipes here.