Three Reasons Oatmeal is Optimal for Weight Loss
Effective weight loss efforts start over each morning with a healthy, hardy breakfast. A top choice for assuring a successful daily effort is a hot bowl of oatmeal, say nutritionists with Metabolic Research Center. And a recent study backs up that claim. In the study, participants who ate oatmeal daily for six weeks saw a more significant decrease in waist size and a reduction in cholesterol levels than did participants who ate the same amount of carbs in noodles over the same period.
Here are three reasons to start your day with an oatmeal breakfast:
- It fills you up: Oatmeal is low in calories but high in fiber, which helps to keep you feeling full and less likely to snack all morning long. Plus, it's filled with carbs - the good kind. Refined carbs found in oatmeal are digested at a slower pace than are unrefined carbs like those found in sugary breakfast cereals. Results include a suppressed appetite and an energy boost.
- It's versatile: While oatmeal by itself may seem a bit bland, that's actually a good thing. Think of your bowl of oatmeal like a clean culinary slate that you can dress up any way you want. Flavor it with sensibly sweet spices like cinnamon, nutmeg or pumpkin spice;or a cup of fresh berries, banana slices or apple chunks; or a spoonful of your favorite healthy flavored yogurt.
- Timing is everything: The best time to consume carbs is in the morning when your body is better able to burn carbs more efficiently, assuring they'll get used throughout the day rather than stored as fat.
Want to really rev up your weight loss efforts? Call 800-501-8090 to schedule a consultation with an expert nutrition and exercise specialist at your nearest Metabolic Research Center location.
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