Most important meal-hacks for weight loss – Breakfast

If you’re trying to shed some pounds then what you eat is definitely more important than when you eat.

However most of us are in the routine of eating three meals per day, so how does one maximise the weight loss benefit of each meal?

Here are some tips and tricks.

Breakfast

‘Breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ – Mom

We’ve heard it countless times, and if you’re trying to lose some weight it may be true. But just eating anything in the morning is not helping. If you’re eating a bowl of ‘Choco-krispies’ and a croissant because ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ you are probably not helping your weight loss efforts.

Strategy

Breakfast should wake your body up and give it what it needs to head into the day with vitality. Some protein to help you feel full and replenish your body, some carbs for energy and some hydration for optimum system performance. If you feel like you have to drag yourself to work every morning you may be eating the wrong breakfast.

If you feel like you have to drag yourself to work every morning you may be eating the wrong breakfast.

Tip 1

Yes, you should eat breakfast. You should eat it within 30 minutes of waking up. What should you eat? Protein mainly. Why? Because it keeps you feeling full for a long time and replenishes your body after a night of utilizing proteins for repair jobs around the body.

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Tip 2

Get a caffeine hit early. Not to just to wake you up or give you energy, but also because coffee helps your digestive system to get working and may also aid your body in getting rid of fat. Milk and two sugars? NO! Black and strong will do the trick. Yes, you will get used to it.

Tip 3

No meal is EVER complete without some fruit and/or vegetables. If you’re going to get 5 – 10 servings per day you need to start early. For quick and easy a banana and an apple will do just fine. If you’ve got time you can make a frittata or omelette with vegetables in it. Fruit and protein powder makes a great smoothie too.

Serving suggestions

A couple of ideas for different time-allowances:

  1. No time: a protein shake, an apple and a banana
  2. 5 minutes: smoothie made from 3 fruits, protein powder, ice and sugar-free peanut butter. For extra credit throw some spinach in there. It has no taste but lots of health benefit.
  3. 10 minutes. Scrambled eggs/omelette/frittata with bacon and vegetables OR oats with sugar-free peanut butter and some fruit.
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