Your breakfast choices lay the foundation for your entire day and your long-term health. But you don’t have to stick with the traditional options.
Whether you prefer eggs, yogurt, or oatmeal, getting a healthy breakfast under your belt sets the tone for a day of weight control and fewer calories overall. In fact, research shows that people who start their day with breakfast make healthier choices and have a lower body mass index in general. The breakfast effect is even stronger for women than men.
If you skip breakfast, you’re more likely to make unhealthier choices at lunch. People who skip breakfast eat more during the day. This is partly due to a thought process in which people believe — incorrectly — that if they don’t eat breakfast, they can eat more at lunch or dinner.
Here’s the reality. On a physiological level, your breakfast choices — or lack of them — can set off a cycle of cravings and blood sugar spikes that spells doom for weight control. Better to start the day with stable blood sugar and ultimately fewer calories, courtesy of breakfast.
Breakfast Calories: What to Eat
You may have to find your perfect breakfast food through a trial and error process. Think outside the breakfast box. It’s fine if you prefer a small turkey sandwich or a hard-boiled egg to traditional breakfast foods. Here are other ideas: