Skipping breakfast to cut calories. Recommended?
While breakfast may be the easiest meal to skip since most people hit the ground running in the morning, it is not recommended to skip breakfast as a way to cut calories. In fact, doctors and nutritionists say it is the most important meal of the day, especially for weight loss. Studies have shown time and time again that skipping breakfast can make your brain and body a little foggy, leading you to grab sugary snacks and sugary drinks in an attempt to give yourself a boost by mid afternoon. Studies have also shown that skipping breakfast can lead to eating more calories throughout the day to make up for the loss of energy.
While skipping breakfast to cut calories is not recommended, eating a well balanced breakfast is an important factor. Instead of grabbing a pastry or pop-tart, choose a breakfast that offers the body some fiber and protein to jump start your metabolism and keep you fresh and alert throughout the day. Eggs, dairy, and low-fat meats are great sources of breakfast protein and fiber can be found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
If you are striving to cut calories, choose a breakfast that is nutritious without a lot of calories. Eggs are only 70 calories each and whole grain cereals can be accompanied by low-fat or fat-free milk options. In the end, eating a healthy breakfast will help you consume less calories throughout the day.
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