Start the day with a healthy breakfast

When you’re determined to succeed with a new healthy eating regime, it can be tempting to do everything you can to drop those pounds and inches.

If you’ve already reduced your calorie intake at lunch and dinner and taken clever steps like replacing sugars with sweeteners, then breakfast is often next to come under scrutiny.

While it’s true that keeping it healthy should apply to this meal as much as any other, it’s not wise to do what many people do and skip it altogether.

Angela McComb, spokesperson for the Health Promotion Agency, said she’s well aware that this is a common trend, particularly since women often see breakfast as a batch of unnecessary calories.

However, if this applies to you, then you may wish to change your ways.

She pointed out those eight hours or so in bed, plus however long it was before bedtime that you had dinner, is a long time for your body to wait for nutrients.

“Your body needs something to kick start your metabolism … Breakfast is probably the most important meal of the day,” she insisted.

Angela recommends starting the day with something high in fibre and good carbs, such as wholegrain cereal, porridge, bagels, fruit or smoothies.

However, if you look forward to a cooked breakfast at the weekends, this isn’t out of bounds either.

All you have to do is grill bacon and sausages instead of frying them and scramble the egg and you can have that well-earned treat.

The expert added that not eating in the morning is likely to make you snappier and not as sharp at work, plus you will be more likely to want to binge-eat later on in the day – and that’s not conducive to eating healthily or losing weight.

Dr Elizabeth Somer, a dietician writing for EmpowHer.com, said it’s good to understand the importance of breakfast so you’re less tempted to ignore your body.

She explained that as soon as you get up, a neurotransmitter called Neuropeptide Y (NPY) is switched on and registers that you need carbohydrates to get going.

“That’s the fuel your body needs for the brain to function, for your nerves to fire, for the muscles to contract and relax, and it needs to replenish its glucose store,” the expert remarked.

So, now you know what you should be eating to stay healthy but also to maintain or lose weight. Embrace breakfast and you’ll soon feel ready to take on everything the day has to throw at you!