If you are trying to work your way through the various diet plans before you decide which ones are best for you, you could be totally confused. There are so many. The TV, radio, Internet, and newspapers seem filled with all these wonderful plans that will make you lose weight and turn you into a slim, attractive person.
So, where do you start? Here is a suggestion, start working on breakfast – the first meal of the day. Start, firstly, by having breakfast. The reason for this is if you do not eat breakfast your body’s metabolic rate is still in slow motion. Your metabolic rate is the rate your body uses calories. It has slowed down while you slept and it will stay that way until you speed it up with energy, which is food. The longer you put off eating, the fewer calories your body will burn. If it is not using calories, it is storing them. That’s why it is not only important to eat breakfast but it is important to eat the right food that will use energy more efficiently.
Breakfast is not called breakfast for anything. It is breaking the long overnight fast and your body is looking for food. You should feed it, but with the right food. The best foods for breakfast, as for any other meal, are the ones that speed up your metabolism by making your body work harder, burning calories. If it is using calories, it is not storing them and making fat.
Here are some foods to eat at breakfast to help you start losing weight:
*unsweetened natural muesli, oats, high fiber bran cereal
*wholegrain bread or muffins, rye bread
*eggs, lean meat
* low-fat milk, cheese, yogurt
*fruit – apple, oranges, pears, berries, prunes
*unsweetened fruit juices
There is a much longer list, which you can research for yourself. As a guide, look for food that has a GI rating of 55 or under.
The idea is to keep away from the high GI foods, which are high sugar, highly refined carbohydrates. Food like popular cereals, white flour products like bread, pastries, and muffins. These foods send up your blood sugar, which gives you a burst of energy but lets you down just as quickly. It will not be long before you are looking for that next sugar high or lift. Each time you do that, your body responds with insulin to control the blood sugar. Insulin stores fat, the very thing you are trying to avoid.
Planning your breakfasts can be the starting point to your own weight loss plan. Make this your project. It will be hard at first, as you may have to change some of your habits, but you will get better at it. As you put thought into your breakfasts you will find this will start to affect your eating habits overall. After all, what is the point of having a healthy, calorie-burning breakfast if some of your other meals are letting you down? But do not worry about that in the beginning. Just make sure you plan the best weight-fighting breakfasts you can.