How Eating Breakfast Can Help You Lose Weight

Add Fruit in the Morning

We all know that fruit is packed with vitamins and minerals. A diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables will provide the body with all the nutrition it needs, as well as necessary hydration and fiber. The antioxidants in fruit are known to improve heart health, boost the immune system, and regulate the digestive system. They can also help to strengthen the hair, and allow the skin to glow.

Fruits such as bananas, plums, pears, kiwi, pineapple, mango, grapes and figs are a nice choice in the morning. They are a little higher in carbohydrate, which can help you start your day with a lot of energy. Raspberries in particular, have been shown to contain a natural substance called ketones. Animal studies have found that these ketones prevented an increase in overall body fat, and especially belly fat. Raspberries are also high in fiber at 8 grams per cup, that's equivalent to 30 percent of the recommended daily intake.

More: 18 Energy Boosting Fruits

Choose Greek Yogurt

A study presented at the Obesity Society Meeting of 2007 showed significant belly fat reduction following calcium intake. A recent report, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, revealed which foods correlate with weight change. Yogurt was one of them.

Foods high in calcium, especially yogurt, have been shown to increase body fat breakdown and improve metabolism. Choose Greek-style yogurt. The higher protein content can help to sustain your appetite throughout the morning. Greek yogurt has a perfect ratio of protein to carbohydrates, which makes it an excellent recovery breakfast for early exercisers. If you need a little extra sweetness, try topping it with fresh fruit or honey.

More: 5 Calcium Sources Better Than Milk

If you are not already a breakfast eater, start slow. Begin by eating on the weekends when you have more time, then expand your routine to weekdays. You may be surprised by how much smoother your morning goes, and how much healthier you eat throughout the day.

More: Why Athletes Shouldn't Skip Breakfast

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