Is there a food that can make me toned?  Let’s just say exercise isn’t my thing.  But every diet I read about points out how important it is to build muscle when trying to slim.  Do I have to work out, or is there a dietary way to gain muscle?

You can build muscle without exercise simply by eating eggs.  They have a protein biovalue of 100, meaning all their protein is used to increase nitrogen stores in muscle.  This builds muscle mass so the body burns more calories even when at rest.  It also prevents muscles from being broken down for energy (which in turn slows metabolism).  My advice: Eat three to five eggs weekly.  And though the yolks must be eaten to get the benefit, there’s no need to worry since this number of eggs won’t cause cholesterol troubles.  But for added assurance, you can opt for eggs enriched with omega-3s, healthy fats that are proven to lower levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and raise levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol.

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