Eat Breakfast, Lose Weight
The morning meal is the most important one for weight loss
Important Nutrients continued...
A balanced cereal breakfast helps give you the energy to get your day off to
a great start. And protein and fiber give it enough staying power to keep you
feeling full until lunchtime.
Ready-to-eat cereals are usually fortified with nutrients like vitamin A,
folate, iron, fiber, zinc, and magnesium -- nutrients that are typically
lacking in the diets of many adults and children. The best part is that these
nutrients are delivered for relatively few calories; most cereals have only
110-120 calories per serving.
More Breakfast Benefits
Eating breakfast is a healthy habit, whether you're in the boardroom or the
classroom. Many studies have shown that both adults and children perform better
when they start their day with breakfast.
Further, many members of the National Weight Control Registry -- a group of
people who have shed at least 30 pounds and maintained their new weights for at
least a year -- swear by breakfast.
In a survey of 2,959 members of this group, reported in Obesity
Research, almost 90% reported eating breakfast most days of the week.
Further, 60% said they always or usually ate cereal for breakfast. Breakfast
appears to be part of the lifestyle that leads to successful weight loss and
How Sweet It Is
I used to be obsessed with the amount of sugar in cereals. I would never
purchase a box that had more than 5 grams of sugar per serving -- much to the
chagrin of my kids. Then one day, I realized that even if a particular brand
had more than my allowed grams of sugar, most contain 120 or fewer calories per
serving. Sugar helps cereal taste good, and as long as the portion size is
reasonable, the benefits of a cereal meal outweigh the added sugar, in my
According to the NHANES findings, presweetened cereals provide only 5% of
the total sugar in kids' diets and 2.3% of the sugar in adult diets. Clearly,
most of the sugar we take in is coming from less nutritious foods such as soft
drinks, candy, and other treats.