#1. Don’t Skip Breakfast!
There’s a reason its called breakfast. While you’ve been sleeping, your body’s been fasting without food for 8 hours, your energy reserves are running on fumes and your fat-burning metabolism has slowed to a crawl. Now is the best time to kick-start your body into fat-burning mode.
Before we reveal the breakfast-table winners, here’s what to avoid: donuts, bagels, danish, muffins, waffles and buttered toast (white). Loaded with simple (refined) carbohydrates, these foods send blood sugar levels soaring before shortly crashing leaving you unfulfilled, irritable and ravenous.
Instead, keep your blood-sugar levels stable with foods like eggs on toast, a fruit salad topped with low-fat (Greek) yogurt, muesli or a bowl of oatmeal with assorted fruits and honey. Lack of time in the morning isn’t an excuse either. Here’s a set of no-mess, no-fuss options when you’re in a rush:
WHOLE-GRAIN CEREAL: Look for cereals (like All-Bran) with the words ‘wholegrain’ at the top of the ingredients. Stay away from cereals which contain the word ‘hydrogenated’. Second, look for high-fiber content (at least 3-6g per 30g serve).
SMOOTHIES: Not only do smoothie’s taste great, their thick, creamy texture takes up room in your stomach, keeping you full. Stock up on fresh/frozen berries, oats, peanut butter and some protein powder. Throw your favorites into a blender with some ice cubes and low-fat milk and voila!
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