BREAKFAST is the most important meal of the day! I know that you know, but repetition is the mother of learning! Breakfast provides the body and brain – FUEL – after an overnight FAST! It’s where the name originates, breaking the fast! Without breakfast you are actually running on empty, just like trying to start the car with no petrol in it!
However, that doesn’t mean that you should fill up with a bunch of sugar-filled cereals or bagels first thing in the morning.
The key to a healthy breakfast is the following combination: Complex carbohydrates, lean protein, low fat dairy and fresh fruits!
So simply avoid this mistakes:
1. BIG BOWL of CEREALS – Watch your portion size. Most people pour out way too much and actually end up having two to three servings at once, which means taking more calories than they need.
How about Supermarket cereals, like Cocoa Puffs, Honey Nut Cheerios, Fruit Loops … Most of these processed cereals are extra-sugar-packed and will make weight loss very difficult and for sure will drain your energy. So next time make sure you check the ingredients list! Choose a high-fiber – low sugar product!
2. BAGEL with CREAM CHEESE – Most bagels are equivalent to about 5 pieces of bread, so you might as well think of them as a treat. Once you load it up with fatty cream cheese, you raise the level of saturated fats and actually the calories gets to a place where you’re eating ‘two doughnuts’!
Always check the label to make sure they are made with whole grains, and also make sure you add a low-fat topping.
3. Fruit YOGURT - Don’t get me wrong, yogurt is a great choice! But, (there’s always a but) the sugar ones are loaded with extra calories that you really don’t need. So, have a plain low-fat yogurt instead, and make sure you top it with fresh fruit to add some delicious sweetness.
To summarize thing up: Whatever diet you follow… Breakfast is one meal you don’t want to miss!