Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Eat Breakfast and Lose Weight

(ARA) – Whether you’re skipping breakfast to save on calories or running out the door in a rush with only a cup of coffee in hand, you’re not doing yourself or your health any favors. Numerous studies have shown that eating breakfast can help people lose weight while promoting heart health, cognitive performance and increased energy.

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, women who ate breakfast regularly tended to eat fewer calories overall during the day. A healthy breakfast fuels the body and replenishes blood sugar levels to rev up metabolism for maximum calorie burn from morning until night.

Skipping breakfast deprives the body of the fuel it needs and often leads to impulsive snacking later in the morning. According to a study conducted by the Weight Watchers Smart Ones brand in 2008, two-thirds of Americans believe eating breakfast will help them maintain their weight. Surprisingly, 25 percent of those same men and women admit skipping breakfast as their worst breakfast habit! For such breakfast offenders, the 10:30 a.m. run to the office vending machine can be all too common and may mean unhealthy choices.

To break bad habits, food lovers can actually focus on the most appealing part of their morning meal -- great taste. In the same Smart Ones brand survey, eight in 10 people ranked good taste as most important when considering what to eat for breakfast.

Devin Alexander, television host and author of “The Most Decadent Diet Ever,” offers simple solutions for maintaining a healthy eating regimen in the morning without sacrificing taste or resorting to the same old boring routine. “There are a variety of low-fat, flavorful foods that help you start the day the right way, even if you’re too time crunched to cook,” says Alexander.

She recommends new choices from the Weight Watchers Smart Ones Morning Express breakfast line as a nutritious way to sneak breakfast in each day. The line boasts four convenient and delicious varieties, including the savory Breakfast Quesadilla and a Stuffed Breakfast Sandwich, which can be ready in the microwave in three minutes or less, contain 240 calories or less, and are made with lean proteins, low-fat cheeses, vegetables and egg whites for a healthy start to the day.

Alexander offers a few other tips for quick, delicious morning meals:

* Make a large container of oatmeal to last for the week and store it in the refrigerator. Each morning, reheat the oatmeal and flavor it with your favorite fresh fruit or fruit spread for a finished breakfast in minutes.

* Always leave a bowl of fresh fruit on the counter, so you never walk out the door hungry even if you’re in a rush.

* You can never buy too much yogurt. Try a variety of flavors for a quick, calcium-pick me-up.

Now, Devin brings her tips and advice to the masses on The Morning Express Breakfast Club (eatyourbest.com/breakfastclub), an online destination for healthy breakfast recipes, tips and advice to fuel the day with ideas that appeal to everyone from breakfast connoisseurs to women on the go.

The secret to eating right and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is to make smart choices that are good for you, but also taste good, too. So listen to the advice your mother gave you and don’t skip the most important meal of the day.

Courtesy of ARAcontent

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