Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Is Your Breakfast Sabotaging Your Weight Loss?

Most nutrition professionals agree that breakfast is essential for good health as it kick starts your metabolism at the start of a new day and gives you lots of energy to get through the morning. But as with most good things, there's a catch. As you may have guessed, not all breakfasts are created equal, and some may actually be causing you to gain weight rather than help you keep it off and maintain good health.

Have you ever heard the saying "Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper?" This can indeed be a useful strategy to help balance your energy levels throughout the day, but the trouble is, this strategy is often tough to follow. According to German researchers, it was found that people who had larger breakfasts and promised to eat lighter throughout the day weren't able to follow through with their intentions and tended to go for regular-sized meals and the overall effect is the consumption of an excess of calories.

When some people think 'eat breakfast like a king', they seem to in fact be channeling the Burger King, serving up bacon, sausage links, eggs, hash browns and toast with butter. Others opt for jumbo muffins, waffles with syrup or French toast with powdered sugar on top. Better yet, some people jump straight ahead to dessert for breakfast in the form of sugary cereal. A healthy breakfast should actually be packed with fibre-containing fruit and whole grains, healthy fats, lean protein and maybe some low-fat dairy in the mix. Breakfast doesn't have to be boring to be healthy, or bad for you to taste good. There are so many possibilities for a healthy breakfast that boasts amazing health benefits while tasting sinfully delicious, so you never feel like you're missing out.

Choosing a healthy breakfast that is packed with good nutrition is a great way to reach your weight loss goals and have lots of energy throughout the morning. You can absolutely have bacon and eggs if you have one whole egg with two whites and some lean peameal back bacon, turkey bacon or extra lean ham. Pair that with a slice of whole grain toast spread with avocado or light margarine and you're good to go. Or how about buckwheat pancakes with light jam? Throw in a piece of fruit and you're golden. Breakfast is the best time to get in lots of fibre, as whole grains are a great source, and many high fibre cereals are absolutely delicious. Breakfast is also a great time to have those berries, or a banana, pear, apple or kiwi to start off your fruit and veggie quota for the day.

See, you really can have the best of both worlds while maintaining good health and sticking to your healthy weight goals!