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19th Jun 2019

James McAvoy’s personal trainer explains why you should eat more eggs

Magnus Lygdback has gained a reputation for delivering top-class fitness transformations. These are his thoughts on why eggs are worth eating

Alex Roberts

Magnus Lygdback has gained a reputation for delivering top-class fitness transformations

This is probably why James McAvoy hired the Swede to help him get jacked for Glass. For any improvement in muscle mass or weight loss, diet is key. Recently, Lygdback outlined the merits of eating more eggs.

In order to bulk up, these are the main lifts Lygdback had McAvoy do in the gym.

Any scare stories you’ve heard about cholesterol are simply wide-of-the-mark. Eggstraordinarily wrong, if you like.

Lygdback says:

“Eggs are amongst the most nutritious foods on the planet. One single egg contains 6g of protein, 5g of good fats and only 77 calories, and is packed with important nutrients and vitamins.”

The Swede also says you shouldn’t worry about the impact of this food on your cholesterol levels.

“Yes, it’s high in cholesterol but doesn’t adversely affect the cholesterol in the blood for most people. The liver actually produces large amounts of cholesterol every day and by increasing dietary cholesterol, your liver simply produces less.”

If anything, eating the yolk can benefit your body’s general health.

“Eating eggs consistently leads to elevated levels of HDL (the ‘good’) cholesterol, which lowers the risks of heart disease, stroke and other health problems.”

We recently spoke to nutritionist Lily Soutter, who also had good things to say about eggs. She said:

“Egg yolks are high in cholesterol, which is why there is a common misconception that they raise cholesterol. However, research has shown that a modest intake of eggs does not raise blood cholesterol (the bad kind).”

What about drinking a raw egg?

Rocky Balboa was a proponent of necking his eggs back raw and uncooked, but this isn’t going to help you lose weight or last 12 rounds with Ivan Drago.

When you eat raw eggs, your body only uses 50% of the protein. Eating cooked eggs sees 90% of the protein absorbed. Vital for building muscle and strength.

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