Relying On 1-2 eggs As Your Protein Source In The Morning Isn’t Enough
Eating 1-2 eggs for breakfast isn’t enough to meet your protein requirements to start the day if you want balanced blood sugar levels, less cravings, better metabolic health, easier fat loss, or stable energy levels.
Most women don’t get enough protein daily. I feel like a broken record, but one of the recommendations I make the most to my clients in clinic is to increase their daily protein intake, especially at breakfast.
Protein breaks down to amino acids, which are the building blocks for every cell in the body. Amino acids support the production of certain enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters, as well as antibodies for the immune system. They enable our muscles and tissues to work effectively and stay strong. Without adequate protein intake our bodies and muscles would break down and deteriorate.
Protein is important for:
- stable blood sugar levels
- reducing insulin levels
- increasing energy levels
- reducing cravings
- better metabolic health
- lowering HBA1C
- balanced hormones
- stable moods
- gut and liver health
- healthy skin, hair, nails
I like my clients to aim for around 30 grams of protein per meal, particularly if they are looking at improving their blood sugar levels, reducing insulin, want more stable energy levels, would like healthier ageing, less cravings, easier fat loss and improved metabolic health. To put that into perspective 1 egg only contains 6 grams of protein, so eating 1-2 eggs as your protein source for a main meal just isn’t enough if you’re wanting better health outcomes.
Also if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, over 40, in perimenopause or menopause, need to recover from an injury or operation, all these stages of life require a higher protein intake. And did you know muscle mass starts to break down faster once you’ve hit 40. Maintaining muscle mass is one of the keys to longevity, it’s also what keeps our metabolism going.
Next time you make a savory breakfast try something different and see how it makes you feel. Try having 3-5 eggs (anystyle) with 1/2 avocado and some sautéed vegetables or a couple handfuls of leafy greens and see what that does for your hunger and energy levels throughout the day.