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Change Your Breakfast – Change Your Weight

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It's time to start the New Year off right. Many across the world are making their resolutions to get healthier and lose weight, especially in light of the post-holiday food feeding frenzy. Admit it. It is time to hit that "do-over" button and start this January off with better choices.

As breakfast is the most important meal of the day, let’s start there. Here are a list of five foods you should not eat for breakfast despite what you might have been told.

1) Yogurt

Sorry ladies, yogurt is not as healthy as one might think. It may contain probiotics, it may be full of calcium and protein. But it is also full of sugar, especially those that are flavored, already topped with fruit or fruit syrup, or “light.”

Read the label. Does it say the yogurt has more than 10 grams of sugar in it? That is too much, and could be contributing to weight gain and mid-morning sugar crashes.

2) Granola

Mix it with yogurt or top it with milk, and you are setting up your weight loss efforts for failure. First, read the label and see what an actual serving size is. Then measure it out. Second, look at the carbohydrate content, and finally the sugar content.

Now add this to your yogurt, or the amount of sugar in your milk, and determine if this is really helping your health and weight loss efforts.

3) Bagels

Bagels are very high in carbohydrates, especially when topped with peanut butter, lox, or cream cheese, and offer nothing in the way of nutritional value. Time to skip the morning bagel for something much healthier.

4) Smoothies

Let’s clarify what a healthy smoothie should not include. It should not contain yogurt (see above) or juice (read the sugar content). A smoothie should not just contain fruit.

A healthy, well balanced smoothie should have some healthy vegetables such as kale or spinach, perhaps a small amount of fruit for taste, and good oils such as avocado or coconut oil. Maybe consider some fiber in the way of ground flax or chia seeds, and protein via a nut butter or low-sugar protein powder.

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Fruit tends to carry a lot of sugar, less fruit with some greens is great and energizing! Plain yogurt, if low in sugar - don't be fooled, can be a good addition to make it creamy. Stevia is a good sweetener. Its made from the stevia plant.
I use Dannon Light, the only kind of yogurt that I have found with only 4-7 grams of sugar per serving.

January 21, 2014 - 7:55pm

good points but not sure I agree that a smoothie shouldn't contain just fruit. a perfectly healthy smoothie can contain fruit with plain yogurt, almond milk and some ground flaxseed for example. of course adding greens is always a nice thing. :)

January 17, 2014 - 12:35pm

Makes absolute sense to me. The food industry is very good at marketing to us about supposedly healthy food. In my experience there is no substitute for cutting out carbs and sugar. Even if you can only manage it for a couple of weeks. After that it is exercise, exercise, exercise. A lot of us have very sedentary lifestyles. Take a close look at yours and consider that the body you have is the only one you are going to get. A friend of mine recently joined a conditioning center, more like a health fitness club rather than a gym. You can see her inspirational story here http://www.thedvcc.com/?s=sonya+blake

January 17, 2014 - 2:39am
EmpowHER Guest

what about PLAIN yogurt? say, with fresh berries? or added to a smoothie. article makes it sound like plain yogurt is too sugary.

January 16, 2014 - 12:26pm
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