Eating Breakfast Could Be Your Diet’s Secret Weapon!

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Think you’ll skip breakfast this morning so you can splurge on lunch and dinner later and avoid some weight gain? Not so fast.

“Eating a good breakfast does more than cut the risk of binging later on-it revs up your metabolism, provides energy for your body and brain, and is a key strategy for weight loss and maintenance.”

“As the word implies, it really is breaking a fast when the body wakes up empty,” says Leslie Bonci, a registered dietitian. Among participants in the National Weight Control Registry, an ongoing study of more than 4,000 people who’ve lost a minimum of 30 pounds and kept it off for at least a year, 80 percent are regular breakfast eaters. Meanwhile, other research shows breakfast skippers have 4.5 times the risk for obesity.

“A study at the University of Texas at El Paso found that people who ate a substantial breakfast consumed an average of 100 fewer calories a day than when they didn’t eat breakfast. Though that may not sound like much, over a year it could mean a 10-pound weight loss.”

“So what should you eat for breakfast? Experts agree it’s best to include lean protein and fiber-rich carbohydrates. The body has to work harder to digest protein than carbs, so it burns more calories in the process. And because a protein and fiber-rich breakfast is digested more slowly than a carbs-only meal, blood sugar levels stay steady, so you don’t get hungry as quickly.”

Some FittChick “approved” breakfast ideas include breakfast smoothies made with whey protein powder and fruit, a breakfast sandwich of egg whites, low fat cheese and high fiber toast, oatmeal with egg whites, greek yogurt and berries, or a breakfast wrap with veggies and egg whites. The list is endless…Try one of these healthy, low-calorie breakfast ideas today, and you could be closer to a healthier you before you know it!

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