7 Secrets for a Perfect Weight-Loss Breakfast
When you need to drop a few spring pounds, the solution begins with the first meal of the day. The right breakfast, eaten the right way, can jumpstart your weight loss efforts.
1. Keep It Balanced
A great breakfast includes a serving of protein, a serving of fruit, and a serving of whole grain carbs. It’s the perfect mix for healthy nutrition and to prevent hunger pangs a couple of hours later. Unfortunately, many people think breakfast is a muffin, bagel, or bowl of cereal – all carbs that send your blood sugar soaring, then plunging a few hours later (meaning you’ll be searching for more food). For stable blood sugar and less hunger later, be sure to have a mix of foods.
2. Consider Switching from Coffee to Green Tea
In addition to its heart-protective benefits, green tea may also have weight-loss benefits. One study found that a cup of green tea appeared to raise the rate at which you burn calories and speed the rate at which your body uses fat.
4. Aim For At Least 5 Grams of Fibre Each Morning
Fibre fills you up, cleans your insides, and has zero calories. It’s the perfect ingredient for weight loss. Yet most of us eat far below the recommended daily amount. Change that by eating fibre-rich foods at breakfast. Just a few bites of a large raw apple, 1/2 cup of the high-fibre cereal, 1/2 cup of blackberries, or two slices of dark, whole grain rye bread will provide 5 grams. Or try a bowl of oatmeal, adorned with fresh berries.
5. Decorate Some Plain Yogurt
Yogurt is among the world’s healthiest foods and is a great basis for a healthy breakfast (count it as your serving of protein). Just beware of the yogurt containers that come with fruit or flavours already mixed in. They’re packed with sugar and calories. Instead, spoon out some plain yogurt and dress it at home with cereal, berries, honey, or even a little dark chocolate. So much healthier!
7. Forget Breakfast Foods
Why limit yourself to the usual breakfast foods? No one ever said you had to choose cereal, eggs, orange juice, or a croissant every morning. For variety and health, have a bowl of soup, or a bowl of whole-grain pasta and sauce from last night’s dinner. Likewise, a sandwich and an apple is a perfectly healthy breakfast. Think outside the (cereal) box!