by Pam Mirante
Mornings can be hectic, so it may be temping to save a few minutes by running out of the door without a healthy breakfast. The Dunkin Donuts drive-through or skipping breakfast altogether may seem as if it is only a minor detour from your weight loss plan, but this one meal holds more gravity than you may think. You may be under the impression that cutting out the addition calories you typically consume in the morning for breakfast may be the perfect way to quickly drop a few pounds.
Unfortunately, the body doesn’t work like this. Instead of losing weight, you are more likely to gain weight! Skipping breakfast only makes you more hungry for lunch, which may make you spring for a quick fix from the nearest drive through or at the very least, eat too much of a healthy meal.
And as for the quick donuts or breakfast sandwich from the drive through, both of these options are filled with fat and processed ingredients. This combination only leads to feeling hungry sooner than if you ate a healthy meal and also makes you crave more fast food. It’s a vicious cycle that can be easily avoided with a healthy and timely morning meal.
Get Each Day Started on the Right Foot
Eating breakfast each morning helps your body get the fuel it needs to make it till your next meal. When you first wake up, you need something to get your body going and ready to face the day ahead. Breakfast can also help you set a healthy tone for the rest of the day. Get a good start to the day and you will feel energized and ready to get to the gym and continue to eat healthy for the rest of your meals.
There are so many healthy and delicious breakfast options, its easy to have a handful of simple go-to meal that meet all of your nutritional requirements and still tastes great. From fresh fruit on cereal, to turkey bacon and scrambled egg whites, there are endless ways to put together a healthy meal. Try experimenting with various healthy breakfast options until you find a meal that you love.
Breakfast Improves Your Mental Capabilities
While you can’t substitute breakfast for taking your smart pills, the first meal of the day is very important to your mental health. Breakfast helps with concentration and also elevates your mood. If you don’t give your mind any fuel in the morning, you may have a harder time focusing on the work that you have to do before your next meal.
Your body will be consumed with waiting on lunch and craving food rather than working hard to help you accomplish whatever you’re working on. Hunger can cause mood swings and irritability, too. So, for the sake of your coworkers (and your own sanity), make sure to eat a healthy breakfast before sitting down at your desk.
It Helps You Lose Weight
You can’t argue with that! This one really doesn’t need any explanation. You get to feel full and satisfied after consuming a nice, big, and healthy breakfast and you get to lose weight too! It’s the perfect diet plan. The only obstacle is finding a few healthy breakfast recipes so that you can continue to eat healthy and lose weight everyday.
If you need some inspiration, one of my favorite healthy breakfast options is Make-Your-Own-Oatmeal. Oatmeal is a great and versatile breakfast option. You can dress it up with the toppings of your choice and turn it into a new dish each morning. Just start with some rolled oats and make as directed and then throw in your favorite ingredients that you have lying around the kitchen.
You can try vanilla and fresh fruit, or honey and walnuts, or peanut butter and raisins, or experiment with your favorite toppings. Oatmeal fills you up for hours and provides you with the energy you need to get going in the morning.
Make mornings your favorite time of the day, by starting off with an energizing, healthy meal. Once you begin establishing healthy habits, such as eating a nutritious breakfast, you will be well on your way to meeting your weight loss goals!
Author Bio: Pam Mirante is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut School of social work. She specializes in life adaptation, addiction and dependency counseling. She is also a lifelong health enthusiast, a 200-hour certified yoga teacher, specializing in yoga for athletes, and certified in Yoga Body Boot Camp™. Pam understands the causes and needs of the emotional, social and stress eater, and can help dieters and health enthusiasts enlighten themselves to a physically and mentally healthier new way of living. She loves to share her expertise and help encourage others to adopt a healthier lifestyle. For health and wellness tips from Pam, check out http://www.SaffroLean.com and http://www.Feel-Great.net.