Breakfast, the Most Important Meal (for Weight Loss)

By , Robert S., SparkPeople Contributor
You might want to lose weight for a variety of reasons: to feel better, look better, or maybe because your doctor told you that it will benefit your overall health. One thing to keep in mind is that, like every other thing you put in your mouth, breakfast (or lack of breakfast) can really make or break your weight-loss efforts.

Mix It Up

It's important to have protein, whole grain carbs, and fruit at every breakfast, both to keep yourself from getting bored and to ensure you get a good balance of nutrients. This balance not only helps stave off hunger for a longer period of time, but the whole grains won’t make your blood sugar spike. When blood sugar spikes, eventually it crashes, and then you’ll be hungry and more likely to feel tired. A balanced mixture of foods is not only important in helping you lose or maintain weight, but it also keeps you from foraging for more food before lunch.

Tea, Please!

Is coffee not your cup of tea? Green tea can give you the morning pick-me-up you need while providing healthy antioxidants and aiding in satiety.

Make Your Own

Many storebought products come with added preservatives or other ingredients for the sole purpose of expanding the shelf-life of those foods. Although a longer shelf-life is great for convenience and food storage, some of these additives aren't exactly the healthiest things you can put in your body. But you don't have to rely on the storebought stuff! It's plenty easy to make your own wholesome granola. Give this homemade granola a spin and see what you think! 

Get Your Fiber

You've probably heard over and over again how important it is to get your fiber. But what does fiber actually do for you? First of all, fiber keeps you full and helps you eat less overall, which will obviously help with weight loss. It also cleans out your insides, which sounds gross, but is necessary for a healthy colon and body. For breakfast, eat an apple, some berries, or a couple slices of whole-grain bread. Try to get 25-30 grams of fiber every day, starting with your morning meal.

To Yogurt or Not to Yogurt?

Yogurt has been getting a bad rap lately. That is because flavored yogurt often has sugary preserved fruit or other flavors added. These additions to plain yogurt give the otherwise good-for-you food unnecessary sugars. Get plain yogurt and add your own homemade granola, some fresh berries, or just a touch of honey. It doesn’t take much to turn this otherwise sneaky sugar bomb into a healthy choice!

Don’t skip breakfast. We’ve all heard it for years. Now you have a legitimate reason to not skip the meal. Take advantage of ensuring that what you put in your mouth is healthy and you’ll be better off for it.