Are you eating the wrong food for breakfast?

June 18, 2013

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day – it can kickstart your metabolism and help you lose weight. But if you’re eating the wrong type of breakfast, it may not cause you to shed pounds at all. In fact, you could gain them!

According to FitDay, a breakfast packed with protein will curb your hunger and keep you energized. Combine that with half an hour spend on your home treadmill, and you’ll be well on your way to meeting your weight loss goal. To make sure your morning treats don’t derail your fitness plan, avoid these unhealthy breakfast foods:

Fruit-flavored yogurt
While it’s true that yogurt is generally healthy, certain types of this go-to breakfast food contain quite a bit of artificial sweeteners. In fact, many fruit-flavored yogurts are packed with up to 30 grams of sugar! Instead, opt for Greek yogurt – it’s high in protein and only contains as few as 7 grams of sugar.

Whole grains are an important part of any balanced diet, but muffins may not be worth it if you’re trying to lose weight. Some contain nearly 40 grams of sugar. If you just can’t force yourself to give up your morning muffin, try making your own healthy versions with plenty of whole grains, seeds and oats.

Sugary cereals
OK, it’s pretty obvious that there are some cereals out there that simply aren’t meant to be a part of any balanced diet. After all, if there are marshmallows involved, the chances are pretty good that the cereal is unhealthy. Some cereals are more than 50 percent sugar by weight, so be sure to read the nutrition label before you fill up your grocery cart.

Most frozen waffles contain massive amounts of sugar – as much as a Twinkie, if you can believe it – so it’s best if you avoid them altogether. Trust us.