So, I try to eat breakfast out with my husband on Sunday. It is a nice treat. However, I don’t like eating out and getting fattened up. So, when we go out, I make appropriate choices. I usually get an omelette, and substitute fruit and tomatoes for toast and potatoes. I limit the fruit and the omelette and bring home half of it. The portions are really big. Now, I have a meal for tomorrow too. Eating appropriately helps you look better and save money too!
Basically, if you want to lose weight or even maintain your weight, you must have breakfast.
Research has shown that people who skip breakfast may not be as successful with weight management as those people who eat breakfast regularly. Why? Eating breakfast may help you reduce snacking and avoid overeating.
Eating breakfast is like filling up a gas tank. When you wake up in the morning, your body is low on fuel, like a car running on empty.
A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that breakfast eaters fall prey to impulse snacking less often than non-breakfast eaters.
Don’t fall prey to stupid excuses not to eat breakfast.
Excuse 1: “I don’t have time”:
NOT EATING BREAKFAST EXCUSES
Excuse: I don’t have time to make myself breakfast. The only things available to me at work are doughnuts and cookies from the vending machine.
When time is of the essence, have things that are easy to throw in your car or prepare the night before.
- Try a hard-boiled egg,
- string cheese and a piece of fruit.
- And for those real crunch times, high-fiber, high protein and low carb protein bars.
Excuse: I just can’t eat before 1:00 p.m.
You don’t have to eat the second you are up, but it is a wise idea to eat within several hours of waking up. Try the string cheese or the hard-boiled egg. After a few days, your body might naturally look forward to this a.m. fuel-up and you can try more substantial meals.
Excuse: I’d like to eat breakfast but I’m afraid it will set my hunger into overdrive.
Many people experience less erratic eating patterns (like mid-afternoon and after-dinner munchies) when they eat several small snacks and meals throughout the day.
And on Sunday, you do not have to pig out and eat the pancakes, toast and so forth because you gave yourself the excuse that it is the weekend. It should be exciting enough to go out and be served and get a nice protein-based meal and coffee. The reason you gained weight is because you gave yourself eating excuses. Excuses=No Progress!
And don’t let people sabotage your efforts, even when they give you a hard time and make you feel bad about eating well. This is your body, not theirs. Tell them to eat their food and leave you alone.