Should Your Weight Loss Menu Include Breakfast?


Woman Having Breakfast

Breakfast is often called the most important meal of the day. When you're trying to lose weight, however, it can be tempting to just have a cup of coffee and head out the door; it's fast and easy and doesn't require any decision-making or hot surfaces when you're not really wide awake. In the long-term, though, you may be sabotaging your weight loss efforts if you skip breakfast.

According to Web MD, regular breakfast eaters typically weigh less than those who skip that first meal of the day. Eating breakfast means you have the necessary nutrients for your brain and body; you'll feel more alert and your blood sugar will remain stable instead of taking a mid-morning dive that may send you to the doughnuts or vending machine. People who are obese often skip breakfast; the omission doesn't necessarily mean missing breakfast makes you fat, but there's a connection there somewhere.

Breakfast doesn't have to be fancy. Yogurt and whole-grain toast with a little butter — fat provides satiety and helps you feel full longer – is a quick and easy breakfast. Cut up some fresh seasonal fruit and top with yogurt mixed with a little honey. Spread your whole-grain bagel with goat cheese, which is lower in calories but higher in protein than cream cheese. Nut butters like peanut, almond or cashew butter are another possible option for your toast. Poached or soft-boiled eggs are another quick and easy option for breakfast, and hard-boiled eggs are portable. Breakfast doesn't have to be conventional either; if you want to have a tuna fish or egg salad sandwich, go for it (make them with half yogurt and half mayo to cut calories). On weekends when you have a little more time, make an omelet bursting with sauteed vegetables.

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