10 Best Breakfast Foods for Weight Loss

Breakfast is considered an important meal because it breaks the overnight fasting period, replenishes your supply of glucose and provides other essential nutrients to keep your energy levels up throughout the day.

Eating a healthy, low fat and low GI breakfast is the best option when it comes to losing weight. Eating breakfast will help you to lose weight and is a much better choice than skipping the meal, which will leave you tired, and may cause you to overcompensate with forbidden foods later in the day.

Here are the 10 best breakfast foods for weight loss:

Grapefruit
Grapefruit is hydrating, filling, and packed with immunity-boosting antioxidants. According to one study, eating half a grapefruit before each meal may help you slim down faster, thanks to its fat-burning properties and its beneficial effect on blood sugar and insulin levels. Pair it with protein -- such as yogurt or an egg – for a well-rounded breakfast.

Bananas
This yellow fruit -- especially when they're still a touch green -- are one of the best sources of resistant starch, a healthy carbohydrate that keeps you feeling fuller longer. Slice it up and add it to cereal or oatmeal, it will add natural sweetness so you may not need additional sugar.

Eggs
Eggs are an excellent source of protein and other healthy nutrients including fat-burning choline. Eating eggs at breakfast increases feelings of fullness, reduces calorie intake at the next meal and helps maintain steady blood sugar and insulin levels. Eggs are very versatile; you can prepare hard-boiled eggs ahead of time to make a great portable breakfast.

Green Tea
Green tea has many health benefits. It contains an antioxidant called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which has benefits for the brain and nervous system. Green tea is the most effective weight-loss tool in the world. It works for everyone, costs just pennies a day, is available at any grocery store, requires no sweat or stress, and can be done at home, at work, or anywhere it’s convenient.

Protein Shake
A protein shake or smoothie is a great high-protein breakfast choice that promotes fullness and helps stabilize blood sugar levels. Several types of protein powder can be used, including whey, egg, soy and pea protein. However, whey protein is absorbed the most quickly by your body. Add fruit, greens, nut butter or seeds to your protein shake to provide fiber and antioxidants.

Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is one of the best breakfast foods because it has double the amount of protein compared to other yogurts to keep you feeling full throughout the morning. This tangy, creamy yogurt is also loaded with calcium. Choose a plain, nonfat variety, and add some fruit to give it some sweetness and flavor.

All Natural Peanut Butter
This legume is filled with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and genistein, a compound that down-regulates fat genes. Opt for all natural peanut butter which is made with just two ingredients: salt and peanuts. Processed peanut butter is filled with sugar and waist-widening oils. Take 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk and blend it with 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder, 1/2 banana and 1 tablespoon of peanut butter. Drink it as a simple way to start your day.

Oatmeal
Oatmeal is rich in beta-glucan fiber, which lowers cholesterol and increases feelings of fullness. It also contains antioxidants. To boost the protein content of an oatmeal breakfast, prepare it with milk instead of water or serve it with a side of eggs or a piece of cheese.

Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese is high in protein, which promotes feelings of fullness and increases your metabolic rate. In fact, cottage cheese has been shown to be as filling and satisfying as eggs. Full-fat cottage cheese also contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which may promote weight loss. Add berries and ground flaxseeds or chopped nuts to 1 cup of cottage cheese to make it even more nutritious. It also tastes great topped with fruits like pineapple and mango.

Berries
Popular types of berries are blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries. They’re delicious and packed with antioxidants. They’re lower in sugar than most fruits, yet higher in fiber. In fact, raspberries and blackberries each provide an impressive 8 grams of fiber per cup. A good way to add berries to your breakfast is to eat them with Greek yogurt or cottage cheese.

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