It’s often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day—especially if you are watching your weight. But not all breakfasts are created equal. Loading your plate with not-so-healthy breakfast foods can ruin your diet and derail your goals, dietitians say.
Research suggests that one source of protein could be the ideal breakfast for weight loss—eggs. At least in studies funded by the American Egg Board, people who eat eggs for breakfasts can drop as much as 65 percent more weight over eight weeks compared to a control group that wasn’t restricting calories. (The research was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and the International Journal of Obesity.) And a study published in Nutrition Research suggests that eggs can stabilize blood sugar and suppress hunger, too.
Alyssa Pike, RD, Manager of Nutrition Communications for the International Food Information Council, suggests that for a nutritionally sound breakfast that is both nourishing and satisfying, people should focus on high-protein and fibre foods, because they can help you feel full longer. Think egg and avocado or egg on whole-wheat bread, she says. Caroline Apovian, MD, director of nutrition and weight management at Boston Medical Center, says that this feeling of fullness after breakfast helps cut down on grazing during the day. Eating more mindfully is also a great way to help recognize that feeling of fullness.
Part of the reason eggs make a great morning meal is because they’re a satisfying protein source, according to Dr. Apovian: Two eggs deliver 180 calories and 14 grams of filling protein, she says. They also offer vitamins like B12, riboflavin, selenium, and vitamin A, Pike says. In addition, they’re cheap and easy to prepare.
If you’re looking for more egg and breakfast inspiration, check out these healthy breakfast ideas for any weight loss plan.