Will I lose weight if I eat only eggs?

I eat only eggs for breakfast and one meal a day. I’m a pretty active person, and have a really low carb diet. 

Will I lose weight if I eat only eggs?
Will I lose weight if I eat only eggs?

I do a ton of HIIT workouts, and lift weights once a week at the gym. My diet is really restrictive, but I feel great and maintain a pretty low body fat percentage consistently, so I am very proud of what I eat. 

However, I was just talking to one of my girlfriends who was also a fan of ‘eating clean’, and the whole thing made me feel a bit weird.

She said that she can’t imagine putting just eggs in her meal and having a diet where 90% of the food is pure protein. Her meal consists of eggs, a few potatoes and a piece of turkey and she finds that it’s just not enough. 

I don’t understand this and want to. Why can’t I eat what I’m comfortable with if that's what makes me feel happy? I was reading that egg consumption could be a contributing factor to male infertility due to zinc deficiency. That’s why people are telling me to limit my eggs – I live in an area with lots of high quality eggs. I want to eat well and I love eggs. 

Will I lose weight if I eat only eggs?

ANSWER:

The good news is that you need only 1 egg per day and that is not necessarily a bad thing.

First, the nutritional content of an egg: It contains 12% of protein (for only 1 egg), 18% of riboflavin and 6% of lecithin.

Second, the nutritional content of eggs also includes a variety of other foods including B vitamins and minerals.

I don’t understand why you would put all your eggs in the morning; if you eat eggs for breakfast, you will not only gain no weight and will lose the excess fat stored overnight, your brain will also be receiving the highest concentration of brain-derived proteins.

I can assure you that eggs make you feel full, I don’t feel hungry eating only 1 egg and you also may have fewer gas pains, as eggs contain a natural fatty acid, linoleic acid which increases your metabolism and in turn reduces your appetite.

If you feel like eating more than 1 egg a day, that is fine as long as it’s not excessive. This is not the same as eating junk food that will make you feel guilty after eating it. Stick to having eggs as a treat, for example once a month or so. Or every other week.

Just remember 1 egg contains only 80 calories.

QUESTION:

Which vitamins and protein I need to eat when I cut my diet to 500 calories per day?

I only have about 500 calories/day and don’t eat meat. No fruit, no grains, no oil or fats. (I would like fat for fat it is still calories).

I’m not interested in weight gain, I’ve never done well on my diet, and I can’t lose. I just need enough protein and vitamins to survive. I read in magazines that I’ll be able to eat small amounts. For example a cup of chicken breast or egg with a piece of whole wheat toast has 2 grams of fat. I also read that I’ll lose more weight if I go to 6 grams of fat/meal.

I have no idea how that will translate into my calories/day.

But I need some sort of food plan that covers just enough for me to live.

ANSWER:

The best nutritional guidance we can give you is to eat lots of unrefined fats, like eggs, or butter, coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil. Also, eat lots of animal products. In fact, eat as much lean meat and fat as you like. Also make sure you drink lots of water. You need to ensure that your body is getting the nutrition it needs. If you aren’t getting enough fat and protein, then you will gain weight, even if you are losing weight.

QUESTION:

What should I be eating in the morning or at lunch to make sure I get my needed protein?

My question is about protein for breakfast or lunch. At mealtime, should I look into getting protein?

ANSWER:

While you can usually get your protein requirements fulfilled in a well balanced diet, it is not that simple to determine exactly what is ‘enough’ protein. So, the only way to know ‘just right’ is to carefully analyze your daily menus for a couple of days, and then, base a rough estimate of your daily requirements on that.

QUESTION:

I’m 14 years old and I’m trying to start up a healthy weight loss plan on a budget. How much should I eat to lose weight and also what is a good diet food?

ANSWER:

You can be eating enough to lose weight without knowing what you need to eat. Most people will lose weight if they stop eating carbohydrates. However, if you are only going to eat carbs like cookies or potato chips, you are still over eating. Try to eat only veggies, fruits and meat and drink plenty of water. 

QUESTION:

How much protein do I need on a daily basis? And how much should I eat at mealtime?

ANSWER:

There are lots of questions about protein with “how much protein do I need?” For some people, I don’t think protein consumption should be an issue for weight loss. If you eat lots of protein and are very active, then your proteins are more than enough to keep you fueled and in motion.

But if you are working out regularly, are a runner, or just like the protein, and want to lose a few pounds, then you probably need to add a little more protein into your diet.

QUESTION:

How much protein do I need on a daily basis?

ANSWER:

I don’t know if this helps but this diet is for 2 people and the requirements for protein are roughly the same for both (about 10 grams of protein per kilo of bodyweight). I don’t like protein shakes that much so I don’t use them in our diet (we try not to use any supplements that contain protein in them). We have a normal breakfast, a protein lunch, an evening meal and a dinner. We eat only whole foods (or wholemeal foods in the evening meal). We try to eat at least 10g of protein at each meal. For a family of four, the requirements come to about 35-40 grams of protein a day. For those interested in getting an idea about how much protein they need, please see the following websites:

QUESTION:

How can I start weight loss after 40 yrs of weight gain?

ANSWER:

I also don’t use protein shakes.

For me, i lost weight just by adding green veggies to my menu and cutting out sugar (and white sugar at that).

I’m on a strict diet (I have the “Diabetic Cookbook”) and that means:

  • no wheat
  • no flour (just use oatmeal flour)
  • no dairy
  • no white sugar
  • no white rice
  • no white potato
  • no corn
  • no meat
  • fruits only (bananas, apples)
  • no red meat (just chicken)
  • no soy

I have a “green smoothie” 3 times a week and I don’t use fat/oil or anything like that. I also drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day. I have lost 30 pounds in 3 months. It’s not magic though, but if you are willing to make some lifestyle changes, you can definitely lose those pounds.

QUESTION:

Hi, i m a woman age 45 years old, im overweight (15-17 kg)..i want to lose weight.. how much protein should i eat?

Im just wondering how much protein should i eat? I need to lose about 10 lbs but i havent lost any in months. I’m just really confused and dont know if i should eat more protein to help with my weight loss.

ANSWER:

You do have to have sufficient protein for muscle gain, but you don’t need as much as some people make it out to be. I’m 5 foot 2 and 135 pounds and the protein you need for muscle gain is 0.5 gram per pound of body weight. To help you lose weight, it’s recommended to maintain a protein intake of about 0.8 gram per pound of body weight.

QUESTION:

How much Protein should I take per day for a 100 lbs guy? I am a male, weighting 110 lbs. and im in the 5′2″ size. I’m looking to lose weight and tone up..

I have been using low carb (1-2g) diet since last 3-4 months. I am using 1.3g proteins/kg diet which is a bit low, i am taking ~1.6g per day. I was wondering how much protein should i take. The protein i am taking is 1.6gm per day.

I’m looking at around 10-12 gm protein per day. How much protein should i take and what would be the ideal diet for me?

ANSWER:

You should want to look at your protein needs at an ideal fat % of around 45-50% of your diet. This is usually a little less than 1g of protein per pound of lean body mass for a 120lb person. If you need to lose fat, eat fat, but do it in moderation.

QUESTION:

Carbohydrates and Fiber? I need to loose about 10 lbs to get it off of my stomach, I am 22 years old I have been putting on weight at a normal pace I dont have a lot of food that sticks to my body, and I take care of myself I am 165 lbs. My body fat % is 26, I do have abs and I workout.

Can you tell me how much I should eat and how much do I need and am I better with wheat or carbs in general?

ANSWER:

I’ve seen a bunch of posts where people have told folks to eat a low-carb/high-fat diet. That’s the exact opposite of what you should do.

Low-carb diets typically result in rapid weight loss that does NOT keep off.

What you need to do is to increase the amount of protein in your diet. Do NOT use grain products; instead, you should eat a lot more protein from food that is natural, lean meat (fresh turkey, chicken, etc.), seafood, and fish. (You can get protein powder at most health food stores.) You’ll lose weight, and your muscles will start to look good, and not at all like Mr. Big.

Carbs provide your body with energy (in the form of glucose), but protein provides your body with the building blocks for building your muscles.

So, as a general rule, you want to eat about 15 – 20 gms of protein per lb. of body weight. That would mean about 35 – 45 gms of protein for someone who is 180 lb., or about 75 gms for someone who weighs 165 lb.

As far as the amount of carbohydrates you consume, that’s going to depend upon how fast you want to burn fat. If you want to burn fat fast, you need to eat protein first, and only then add carbs to your diet. If you want to burn fat slowly and steadily, you’ll need to consume carbs first, and then add protein to your diet later.

QUESTION:

What are some foods rich in protein? I’ve been using your website almost as much as my local health store for information about my food and activity levels. And I’m trying to keep protein levels as high as possible to build muscle. For some reason, I always get mixed up as to what types of proteins are the best. I eat salmon and tuna most often, although your website keeps reminding me about other types of protein that may be better.

What are the best vegetables to eat? Which vegetables are the best sources of vitamins and minerals? What kind of supplements should I be taking, and how often? I read a lot on this topic, and sometimes I see conflicting information.

ANSWER:

You know, it can be very confusing, but, ultimately, there are no “best” nutrients. The question should really be: “What nutrients do I need?

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