Are Eggs Bad For Cholesterol?
One of the biggest concerns people have had over the years is whether or not high cholesterol will give them heart disease, and whether or not eggs will ultimately kill them.
People will go as far as throwing away all six yolks out of their omelette, only eating the whites, due to an irrational fear of having a random heart attack (even though they’re 13% body fat and exercise hard 3-4 times per week).
It’s laughable, and I honestly don’t know where this stuff comes from, and frankly, neither do the people who waste all of their egg yolks. Articles like this one certainly don’t help, because if you read the last paragraph, you realise just how insane and inaccurate people’s conclusions are:
“Eggs are a nutritious food, but you still need to need to pay attention to how the eggs are cooked and to the ‘trimmings’ that come with them. For example, scrambled eggs with baked beans on wholegrain bread are a far different meal than a fry up with eggs, bacon, sausage and white toast with butter.”
Erm, so…perhaps it’s not the eggs, and you’re saying it’s the other stuff that’s actually giving people heart disease?
Well why didn’t you put that at the start of the article instead of purposely misleading people? (Yes, the sad reality is that’s exactly what most articles, news channels and TV documentaries are designed to do, because it makes more $$$.)
People get very defensive and irrational over food, but if you look at the data, high cholesterol absolutely does not increase mortality rates in older populations (which is the primary fear here).
Admittedly, that’s only one study, but feel free to do the research yourself – I don’t want this to turn into a full blown meta-analysis and have it detract from my ususal ‘to the point’ style.
Speaking of ‘to the point’, if you are scared of egg yolks, your primary fear is likely to do with heart disease. Seriously I’m not saying this to be a dick, I’m simply being honest:
If you are worried about having heart problems in the future, you need to lose some f***ing weight.
Specifically, get your body fat % below 15 or so. Your BMI can be helpful with this stuff, but it doesn’t account for muscular guys (*cough*like myself), and on the other end of the spectrum you have these ‘smaller framed’ guys with virtually zero muscle, a low BMI, yet high body fat %. Yes, you guys need to lose fat too (and start lifting weights).
It’s not necessarily the weight, it’s the excess body fat that is a very serious problem. You weren’t designed to be carrying it, and these diseases are nature’s way of ‘punishing’ you. Always remember:
The vast majority of cardiovascular diseases are eliminated or severely reduced, by getting your body fat % below 15%.
(But the Politically Correct mainstream will continue to ignore the real solution, pull the wool over your eyes, and refuse to tell you to lose weight, ultimately because they’re p*****s and they’re terrified of offending you.)
How To Lose Weight
Alright, so how do you go about losing weight to avoid the vast majority of diseases?
What you don’t want to do, is go on the typical extreme low-carb diet, because the reality is that you’ll yo-yo diet for the rest of your life if your discipline isn’t Navy Seal level.
The deprivation builds up gradually over time, and if you’re not careful, it comes to a crescendo when you binge on a Friday night on cookies, chocolate cake and biscuits, crying into the empty plate.
It sucks, it’s not pretty, but this is what happens when you attempt low calorie, low carb, overly restrictive diets.
Instead, you need to adopt a flexible eating system that does indeed have a couple of key rules that you must adhere to, but it doesn’t put insane restrictions on your actions and food choices 24/7.
Now of course if you’ve read any of my stuff before, you know that this eating system is Intermittent Fasting.
You fast for 18 hours, eat for 6, and you’ve saved up the vast majority of your calories (and carbs) for the evening. This offers you an insane amount of social freedom that other diets simply cannot. As I always say on Twitter, nobody ever drank alcohol, ate ice cream or pizza, or cried into their empty plates at their 8am breakfast.
You need some level of social freedom for the diet to be sustainable.
Furthermore, two key points that have been raised to me by followers on Twitter and also clients, are that:
- It’s very, VERY difficult to eat 2000+ calories in a mere six hour window, which means that it’s very difficult to ever gain weight (or regain weight, and therefore yo-yo diet) following my system.
- You don’t eat from boredom anywhere near as much, because you can only eat during a specific eating window. The issue with being ‘allowed to’ eat all day, is that people who are very sedentary and work office jobs simply end up snacking on complete garbage all the time. Not the case when you only have six hours to eat, and you’re already really full.
Intermittent Fasting truly is the best way to lose weight in the most enjoyable manner, and keep the weight off for the rest of your life (instead of rebounding like 97% of the Western dieting population).
If you want to get started with Intermittent Fasting, or take your current IF results to the next level, then you should seriously consider signing up to the IFFT (Intermittent Fasting Fast-Track) program.
The lowest level is very cheap, but you still get an insane amount of quality Intermittent Fasting content, whereas the higher two levels include one-to-one coaching.
In fact, I’m sending the Private Newsletter out tomorrow (to all members), and this contains a 7 Step Action Plan for perfect diet adherence, and this is geared towards guys who eat very well for a couple of days, but then screw up and binge later.
It’s the key to dietary discipline. And it goes out tomorrow. DO NOT MISS IT!
The link is here.