Changing Breakfast Habits
from Weight Watchers
Whether you eat breakfast daily or can’t remember the last time you munched in the morning, almost everyone can attest to the plethora of unhealthy breakfast habits that can ruin your day and your diet. Here’s some food for thought to help you break free from breakfast habits that keep you from performing your best. in the Food Fight.
Unfortunately, knowing which foods are better for you doesn’t always factor into making healthy mealtime choices. According to a recent study conducted by Weight Watchers® Smart Ones®,1 in 4 Americans concede that they choose to eat an unhealthy breakfast.
Smart Piece of Advice: When confronting breakfast options, try fighting the urge to eat poorly and choose foods that will stick with you and give you an extra boost in the morning. Here are some great healthy breakfasts you'll love to enjoy:
• Yogurt with a low fat granola cereal topping and fruit
• Cereal with 3g or more of dietary fiber per serving, skim milk, and fresh fruit or 100% juice
• Whole grain toast with cottage cheese and fresh melon
• Weight Watchers® Smart Ones® Smart Beginnings™ new Breakfast Quesadilla
• Mini pita stuffed with a slice of ham, shredded low fat cheese and chopped tomatoes
Sometimes, We Need A Little Routine. Think a morning routine is boring? Think again! You can’t maintain a healthy lifestyle if you don’t start off with a good breakfast. Twenty five percent of Americans admit that they sometimes skip breakfast, destroying any chance to get the nutrition needed to fuel the day. Not only has a healthy breakfast been reported to boost energy levels, but it also lays a foundation of good eating habits that will lead to better choices throughout the day.
Mind Your Leftovers. Just because food is available or free does not mean it will yield a sufficient breakfast! In the Weight Watchers® Smart Ones® survey, 14 percent of Americans noted that they ate whatever was left out for breakfast, whether at home or in the office.
Smart Piece of Advice: Always keep a nutritious snack or healthy meal on hand for a convenient and delicious alternative, like nuts (almonds, walnuts, peanuts, etc.), yogurt, instant hot cereal, or fruit!
Know Your Serving Size. Twenty five percent of Americans feel they either eat too much or too little in the morning. There’s a simple trick to nip those habits in the bud: when you feel satisfied, stop eating!
Early Calories Are Good Calories. Eating breakfast early may help you eat fewer calories later in the day. A study at the University of Texas at El Paso found that a given number of calories consumed earlier in the day are more filling than the same number of calories eaten later on; decreasing overall calorie consumption. Researchers in this study analyzed the weekly food diaries of nearly 900 adults. They consistently found that when more calories were consumed in the morning, calorie intake for the entire day was less than those participants who skipped breakfast. And the more calories consumed in the evening, the larger the daily calorie intake. Researchers even say that the body’s ability to recognize when it’s full is stronger in the morning than the evening, providing a sense of a.m. satiety lacking later in the day. Consequently, depriving yourself of food throughout the day may be a setup for overeating at night. The bottom line: Eat a healthy breakfast, and don’t skip lunch.
Edited by: MARISERV at: 4/8/2012 (07:55)
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