Breakfast is the most important meal of your day. Some people skip breakfast because they think it will help them to lose weight. But, research shows that eating breakfast can actually help people control their weight. However, this does not mean that your day should begin with foods loaded with sugar, fats and carbohydrates. Here are five breakfast foods you should avoid:
- Pastries. Doughnuts, Danish and muffins are loaded with sugar, fact, carbs and little else – there’s pretty much no nutritional value to these guys. Plus, while that sugar may give you a boost in the short-term, you’ll soon feel a crash that will leave you feeling sluggish for the rest of the day.
- Sugary cereals. Breakfast cereals can be a great way to pack in some fiber that will keep you feeling full, but be careful to read your labels well. Anything that’s multicolored or features marshmallows should be an automatic out, and watch out, too, for the ‘healthy’ options that are actually coated in sweet stuff.
- Bagels. Except for the occasional 100 percent whole grain option, most bagels are 300 – 500 calories worth of starch. Slathering on cream cheese or butter adds more calories and saturated fat. Diets high in refined carbohydrates have been linked to increased risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
- Processed meats. The sky-high sodium in the highly processed sausage or bacon can make your blood pressure surge. If you have hypertension, it may raise your risk for stroke. Nitrates and nitrites found in processed meats such as sausage and bacon have been linked to increased risk of certain cancers, too.
- Energy bars. They’re full of protein and easy to reach for when you’re running late. So what’s the problem? The problem is that alongside all that energy-boosting protein, there is also a lot of fat and calories. If you don’t spend enough time each day to get rid of these extra fats and calories, your whole body is going to feel the extra pounds piling on.