Weight loss is a goal many struggle to achieve, but Dr Michael Mosley has helped thousands find success through his own dieting techniques such as the Fast 800 Diet.

Back in 2019, the weight loss expert spoke about the benefits of eating just 800 calories a day if someone was looking to lose weight “rapidly”.

But with so few calories to consume, Dr Michael explained why eating eggs for breakfast could help shed more pounds during the diet.

Appearing on BBC Breakfast, the dieting expert said: “I wrote the original book six years ago and that was mainly based on rat studies.

“Since then there have been quite a few human studies, and a lot of people have reported to me. I’ve also spoken to the scientists involved in doing that research, and one clear thing is mainly people did well on it but struggled to eat 500 to 600 calories.

“When you look at what they ate, it was more like 800 calories. This is a staged process – the first stage being rapid weight loss, on 800 calories a day.

“You do the diet for two to three weeks minimum, and some people continue to do it up to 12 weeks.”

Michael discussed the science behind the weight loss plan and said: “A study based in the north of England, it was 800 calories a day, for up to 12 weeks, and the average weight loss was around 14kg.

“There was another study done by Oxford [University] and they lost 10kg over a year.”

Noting what an 800-calorie day would look like, the expert said: “For breakfast, I’ve got eggs and asparagus – the book has a range of recipes, but I’m a huge fan of eggs, eggs fill you up.

“You can have scrambled eggs, boiled eggs, however you want them. Sometimes I have eggs with ham or a bit of salmon.

“No toast I’m afraid, plenty of tea and coffee, plenty of fluid. I would encourage anyone doing a low-calorie diet to drink lots and lots of fluid – because you’re going to dry out.”

More recently, Michael revealed one of his own “go-to breakfasts” as being a mushroom omelette.

On his website, he wrote: “Boiled, poached, scrambled or as an omelette – they’ll keep you feeling fuller for longer compared to cereal or toast.”

While eggs at breakfast help you lose weight, Dr Michael Mosley warned that people watching their weight should be careful about which meats they eat.

Bacon and eggs sound like an ideal breakfast combination, but bacon is processed meat, which Mosley advises should be eaten “sparingly” and “in small quantities”.

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