Do you eat breakfast? Many people skip their morning meal, but doing so may hinder weight loss efforts.
You’ve heard the saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While this isn’t strictly true, breakfast sets the tone for healthy eating throughout the day. Having a meal with proteins, fats, and complex carbohydrates makes it less likely that you’ll overeat later in the day to compensate for the missed calories. It’s best to avoid sugary foods like pastries, which can cause spikes and crashes in blood sugar and don’t contain a variety of nutrients. Eating healthy meals for breakfast has been linked with smaller amounts of weight gain and an easier time regulating weight in general.
If you don’t have the time or appetite to eat first thing in the morning, consider a smoothie made with fruit, plant milk or coconut water, and flax or chia seeds for a quick source of complex nutrients.