Years ago eggs and especially egg yolks received a bad rap from nutritionists and the general public as being bad for us and all of us viewing fat as the enemy!!! (which is happening to carbs at the moment) We are slowly starting to understand that not all fats are bad and we need essential fatty acids which will assist in overall well being and fat loss.
Egg yolks are pack full of essential fatty acids which are really important to a balance healthy diet. A university of Connecticut study found that subjects consuming 640 mg of cholesterol from egg yolks for 30 days had no increase in LDL cholesterol, which is associated with cardiovascular disease. Eggs yolks on the other hand are a great source of vitamin D (promotes healthy bones and cell growth), choline (for brain function and HDL cholesterol which helps protects the heart!
To finish off studies have found that people who eat egg yolks and weight train gained more strength and muscle than those who didn’t and those who eat eggs for breakfast lose more fat than those not consuming eggs for breakfast.
So don’t fear eggs they are great for you but again with everything it is in moderation and watch how much you consume as too much will lead to weight gain!
One thing all my clients will say is Im tough on their diets! As I know (and so do they I think :p) that this is the key to any weight loss / muscle building goal! However getting ideas for snacks are tough as I am not the most creative person. However I have been reading over some sites and here are some ideas to get you through the afternoon!
After reading the below article I just thought I would post the link as I feel it is very simple to read and got some great information. The article talks about what the body does if it isnt receiving any food for over a 6 hour period and what it does to your body and your fat loss and muscle building! Also the article is from Muscle and fitness: Hers which is a great female fitness magazine which I would recommend to ALL female clients!
With the Arnold on the 5th of march (the arnold classic is the second biggest body building event of the year)bodybuilding.com have release a video with Branch Warren and Johnnie Jackson (two of the top bodybuilders in the world right now) training for the Arnold. Now Im not posting this for technique or how to get big but more just for motivation watching two bulls in the body building world training together. Like you would watching pumping iron, watch this with a pinch of salt as I dont agree with with everything they talk about but use it as a bit of a motivator for your next workout!
A few of clients have been discussing lately with me about boredom with their current eating. Unfortunately eating well can become boring/repetitive or drinking just protein shakes can be boring or not fill you up and craving can occur for sweets or fatty foods. I came across and idea for No Carb Protein Pancakes. The source for this was October 2010 muscle and fitness magazine and was from the monthly Q and A with Rosa-Maria Romero (picture below source http://tbcgym.com/rosa-maria-romero/).
Muscle and fitness is a fantastic magazine and I recommend that all clients should read this magazine for more tips and there is even a female version in most newsagents from the states which is fantastic as well. Rosa-Maria Romero is an IFBB professional figure competitor, and the top ranked Australian in that division. Her Q and A in muscle and fitness is always great for information so next time you are in a newsagent have a look but here is her No Carb protein pancakes:
-2 egg whites
– 1 scoop protein powder
– 1 tsp baking powder
– Cinnamon and stevia to taste
– 1 tsp flaxseeds
– Water (approx 2 tbsp)
Stir all the ingredients together or blend and either bake or pour into a pan sprayed with non-stick spray. Cook until golden brown, flip over and do the same on the other side until the pancake is cooked through.
So very simple and great tasting as well! Add honey or peanut butter if you want but this is a great idea to cook the night before and have the next day! For more ideas go to bodybuilding.com as well as they have some great low carb/fat cooking ideas but plan your meals for each day and try different things to keep your diet interesting!