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5 Healthy Breakfast Foods to Help You Lose Weight

| Date Posted: 7/14/2014 | Author: Ellen Geanes

By Melissa Herman, R.D., CDE.  FirstHealth Bariatric Center

If you are trying to lose weight, one of the healthiest habits you can begin is to eat breakfast daily.

Research shows that regular breakfast eaters tend to be leaner and dieters are more successful at losing weight and keeping it off when they eat breakfast.

What's more, people who typically eat breakfast also get more fiber in their diets, and less fat and dietary cholesterol.

Mix up your morning routine with one of these healthy breakfast foods.

Berries Berries may be small but they are chock full of fiber and antioxidants. Why is fiber so important? Research shows that incorporating fiber into your diet is a great way to prevent weight gain or even lose weight. Fiber aids in weight loss, and also helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure. The antioxidants in berries can help your body fight stress that can lead to illness. Eating a diet rich in antioxidants can not only help improve your health, but also protect your skin and hair, and prevent certain diseases. If you can’t find fresh berries, unsweetened frozen berries are a great nutritious alternative. Feeling creative? Try this yummy berry recipe. 

Eggs Eggs deliver protein, which is great for dieters. Protein keeps you satisfied and feeling full much longer than carbohydrates and fat. Add some veggies to your eggs for a complete breakfast. Cook this egg recipe for breakfast tomorrow!

Greek Yogurt Greek style yogurt is even better than its American-style counterpart. Why? Greek yogurt contains fewer carbs, sugar and salt — and it often has twice the amount of protein. Look for a lower fat version and stay away from the flavored versions – they are full of sugar. Keep plain greek yogurt in your fridge as a staple. Use as a recipe substitution or enjoy with fresh fruit for breakfast.

Oatmeal Oatmeal is loaded with dietary fiber and can lower cholesterol. Skip the flavored kind, which is full of sugar. For more flavor, add in healthy toppings like peanut or almond butter with a banana, or nuts with berries.

Grapefruit According to one study, eating half a grapefruit before each meal may help you slim down faster, thanks to the fruit's fat-burning properties and its beneficial effect on blood sugar and insulin levels. Pair with protein for an ideal breakfast – such as eggs or Greek Yogurt. If you are taking prescription medicine, ask your doctor about possible interactions with grapefruit.

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