You have no doubt heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, with various studies showing that those who ate breakfast were slimmer than those who skipped the first meal of the day.
However, there are certain things that you could be doing that may actually be working against your weight loss efforts.
Read on to discover a few breakfast tips for weight loss:
#1: You should cut back on cereal
Although cereal is an easy option it may not be the best option if weight loss is your goal.
The reason for this is the simple fact that most cereals are full of sugars, with very little protein or fibre, which is what you should be eating.
#2: Avoid those full english breakfasts
The full english breakfast is a popular choice, but apart from tasting good there is not much benefit to be experienced.
The truth is that fried food is not good for you, and will likely lead to you gaining weight rather than losing it.
#3: You should measure your portions
If you do not measure your portions then how do you know how much you are actually eating?
This is especially important if you are ‘calorie counting’ as guessing your portions will only leave you over or under-estimating.
If you are gaining weight or just not losing weight even though you are eating healthily then perhaps your portion sizes are to blame.
What should you eat for breakfast?
Now that you know what you should be avoiding at breakfast it is now time to learn what you should be eating instead.
To give yourself an initial energy boost and to ensure you do not experience any food cravings before your lunchtime dinner I would suggest eating a breakfast rich in both protein and fibre.
A few good choices include:
– Raspberries; as they are a good source of fibre. With as much as 8 grams of fibre in a single cup (more than double the amount provided by strawberries).
– Oatmeal; is full of fibre, which will ensure you stay fuller for longer. It can also stop your blood sugar levels from spiking, which can occur if you eat carbohydrates that are easily digested. This is important as when your blood sugar levels spike they will subsequently crash, resulting in food cravings.
– Yoghurt; is a good source of protein. Protein is hard to digest so will give your metabolism a quick boost as your body will need to work harder to break it down. It will also help keep you feeling fuller for longer too.
– Peanut butter; another good source of protein that could be added to some whole-wheat toast, as this is a slow-release carb that is not digested as quickly as white bread.
– Eggs; again are a good source of protein. Just choose the boiled or scrambled variety, as those that are fried are not going to be the best option for you if weight loss is your goal.