Sometimes, even the simplest change can have a profound effect on our health and lifestyle. Starting your day in a healthy way is one of them. Some of us skip breakfast with intentions to lose weight and be fit. Right? But hang on, that’s a bad idea and it can backfire. To skip our meals, especially breakfast, actually makes our weight control more strenuous. When you skip breakfast, you stave off your hunger nibbling a high-calorie snack, which will adversely affect your weight loss strategy.
Eating a healthy breakfast keeps you full throughout the day and thus helps you make better choices at other meals.
What is a Healthy Breakfast?
Now, you may ask – What makes up a healthy breakfast? Well, in general, a healthy breakfast should contain protein, fruits, whole grains or vegetables. Eggs, whole-grain bread, oatmeal, yogurt and juices are some of the options of a healthy breakfast. Eggs are rich in protein and Vitamin D, while oatmeal provides you fiber and lower cholesterol. Yogurt is loaded with calcium and protein.
By having fruits in the morning, you will keep the fear of saturated fats at bay and thus bring in the joy of eating something light and nutritious. Fruits when taken empty stomach, they detoxify and energize your body.
Make the selection of fruits such that you have sufficient quantity of different types of fruits in your platter. Ensure that apple and strawberry are there to work as anti-oxidants, watermelon to act as the immunity strengthening agent for your body, guava and papaya to give the necessary dose of Vitamin C that you aim at.
Hit the right quantity
The rule lies in having the bounty of fruits on your platter few hours before the next proper meal. Keep your first meal dedicated to vitamins and minerals so that the antioxidant and immune soldiers keep acting throughout the day.
Change is good but in a limit
For a change, you can shift to smoothies made in nut milk, and dry fruits as they do not put your digestive system under much stress. Also, do not forget the balanced intake of low-fat protein and carbohydrates a few hours later during the daytime.
The natural sugar in fruits breaks down and gets deposited as glucose in the body. To keep the body glucose level at par, it is important to draw the fine line between the required and the excess. Excess of fruit intake may also lead to gastrointestinal discomfort. So use your best judgment to select the fruit portion.
This Blog is contributed by Dr. Deepak Kr. Nain. He is a certified therapist who specializes in the field of rehabilitation. Deepak possesses a clinical expertise in prescribing the best solutions to help people with neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS).