If weight loss is your goal, Breakfast will probably help with that. A new study in the Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism revealed that when people breakfasted on oatmeal instead of consuming its caloric equivalent in sugared corn flakes or skipping the meal altogether, they took in 31% fewer calories at their next meal. What’s more, there are tons of conclusive evidence proving that breakfast does indeed control blood sugar—meaning if you eat it, you won’t be tempted to scarf down those cookies, not just a few hours later but after dinner, too, when cravings can be intense.
Bottom line: If you think you’re doing just fine, thank you, without breakfast, try an experiment. “I have clients who never ate breakfast and never had a problem with hunger or cravings,” says Erica Giovinazzo, a registered dietitian in Los Angeles. “But once they started eating it, they felt more aware and alert”—in a word, healthier. You undoubtedly will, too.
You should eat more than you think.
No, you can’t just nibble on a banana and call it a meal. A banana has about 100 calories—and that’s not enough to correct low blood sugar and keep vicious cravings from haunting you later in the day. Your breakfast should be about the same size, calorically, as your lunch or dinner, according to Keri Gans, a registered dietitian and the author of The Small Change Diet. For the average active woman in her 40s or 50s, that means around 400 calories for breakfast, 400 for lunch, 500 for dinner, as well as another 300 total for snacks, treats, and a glass of wine.
So if you haven’t been a breakfast eater before now, consider it.
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