Think skipping breakfast is good way to lose weight? Think again! Skipping breakfast is like going on a long fast of 15 to 20 hours. This can lead to increased insulin response, increased fat storage, and ultimately, weight gain.
Over 50% of people do not eat breakfast! All you breakfast haters need to change your ways if you want to lose weight. Eating breakfast is good for weight loss. When we wake up in the morning, our bodies want food. If you don’t fuel your body after all those hours, your body will burn other things like muscle, just to get energy to get the day going.
You may notice that part way through the day, you start getting extremely hungry and start grabbing for sweets and other snacks that are not good for you. By the time dinner rolls around, you are likely bingeing and going for seconds on your dinner plate. It’s a vicious cycle that only you can break.
Eating breakfast keeps you from “starvation eating” later on and gets your metabolism going throughout the day.
- Weight control
- Better concentration
- Better vital nutrient absorption
- Boost energy levels
- Sustains strength and endurance
- Blood glucose management
Since breakfast is such an important meal, choose your foods wisely. You won’t be doing yourself any favors if you eat a calorie dense bagel and cream cheese of a MacDonalds r 800-calorie Big Breakfast, or worse, their 1,150-calorie Deluxe Breakfast.
No! Be smart about your breakfast foods. You will be amazed at how energized and clear-thinking you feel throughout the day.
Here are some great recipes to get you started in the morning:
Egg frittata with lots of veggies served with an oat bran muffin
1/2 cup egg substitute (99% egg white, 104 calories or less)
1 tsp. olive oil (for the skillet when preparing the frittata)
1/2 cup chopped fresh tomato
1/2 cup chopped fresh zucchini
1 Oat bran muffin (178 calories)
protein: 21.2 grams
dietary fiber: 4.8 grams
calcium: 127 mg
Vitamin C: 21.9 mg
Scrambled eggs with egg substitute, 1/2 cup raspberries, and two slices of buttered whole wheat toast.
4 Tbsp. Egg Substitute (99% egg white, 52 calories or less)
2 Slices whole wheat toast (180 calories total)
2 tsp. Light Butter by Land O’Lakes (with part canola oil)
1/2 cup fresh Raspberries
protein: 16.2 grams
dietary fiber: 10.0 grams
calcium: 128 mg
Vitamin C: 16.1 mg
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