Advice repeated by diet experts everywhere is always eat a good breakfast. But did you know that eating a healthy breakfast helps kick-start your body’s metabolism in the morning, helping you avoid overeating over lunch and dinner?
Not only that, having breakfast helps keep your blood sugar levels under control throughout the day, keeping cravings at bay. Nevertheless, it’s important to eat the right kind of breakfast, so here are some tips to remember when having breakfast on a weight loss diet:
1. Keep the Calories Limited
Of course, in the end you have to eat fewer calories than your body needs to lose weight, so overeating at breakfast is not a good idea. Therefore, avoid high-calorie sweet foods for breakfast such as bagels, doughnuts, and sugared cereals that don’t fill you up much but use up quite a bit of your calorie content.
2. Eat a Balanced Breakfast
This means eating a breakfast that is part protein, part carbohydrates and part healthy fat. An example of such a breakfast is a cup of low-fat yogurt with a bowl of oatmeal topped with some flaxseed.
3. Fruit Smoothies
If you are on the go and don’t have the time to prepare a hearty breakfast, then just blend a banana, some whey protein, and a cup of berries of your choice, and you’ll have a nutritious smoothie that will fill you up. If you can stomach it, you can try green smoothies too so that you can get some vegetables into your day.
4. Choose Whole grain carbs over White carbs
While the calorie difference may not be much, but whole grain items contain more fiber that will fill you up, and sugars that will keep your blood sugar more stable for a longer time.
5. Lo-Cal but Old School
If you like a hearty breakfast that is filling but want to stick with regular breakfast foods like bacon, butter or scrambled eggs, then use low-calorie products to limit the amount of calories you consume.
For example, you can use a zero calorie spray instead of oil when frying your bacon, use lighter versions of butter for your bread, and use artificial sweeteners like stevia or Splenda with your coffee or tea. Of course, it’s still a good idea to stick to healthier breakfast foods as often as possible.
Make sure that you can eat foods that you like or at least can tolerate instead of foods that you have to force yourself to eat, during breakfast.
The reason for this is that if you constantly drink those green smoothies even though you hate them, you’ll get turned off of eating breakfast, and you will tend to skip it.
A healthy breakfast does not have to be heavy on calories, so experiment to see which food combinations you enjoy.
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