Real Food Is Good for Breakfast Too!
Traditional breakfasts are considered "real food." They include those heavy meals like fried potatoes with fried eggs and fried breakfast meats such as ham, sausage, and bacon. They are usually accompanied by toast, pancakes, or French toast. These are heavy foods, and while they taste good, they tend to bog us down, make us sleepy, and hungry in a shorter amount of time. Should you have them for breakfast? The answer to that question depends on your goals.
This type of food is not conducive to losing weight. Fried food is higher in fats, and many of the items on this menu are high in low-energy of fast-burning carbs. If your goal is to drop fat, then you want to focus on foods that are not sources of quick, but short energy. Breads and sugars are both examples of quick energy that burns too quickly and then leaves you starving in a little while. Heavy foods such as bacon, ham, and fried potatoes also need a lot of energy to digest and that process robs us of energy to power our morning.
For weight loss, turn to another form of "real food." Healthy food is also real food. A good example would be oatmeal versus toast. Oatmeal fills us up and because it is a slow burning fuel it powers our morning without draining our energy or making us feel bogged down and tired. Toast is a processed grain, and even the whole grain variety breaks down into glucose quickly and then is consumed as energy quickly. By midmorning, we are starving again because our body is screaming for more energy.
Other positive choices include:
- Vegetable smoothies with low fat or plain yogurt.
- Cooked cereals with fresh fruit instead of sugar
- Poached eggs with lean bacon
- Vegetable omelets with leafy greens, peppers, onions, and tomatoes
These are foods that burn slowly and they tend to release their energy over a longer period. That is the goal for building an energy-filled breakfast. So to answer our question - should you eat real food for breakfast? Absolutely, so long as it is a slow burning carb with healthy foods that are low in fat, low in sugar, and low in salt. Stop by the Metabolic Research Center and peruse our library of healthy recipes. We offer weight loss and healthy lifestyle change support through a variety of programs that help people just like you to lose weight naturally.
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