Is Your Breakfast Causing You To Gain Weight? – Saturday Strategy
POSTED ON April 21, 2017 BY Abbey Gibb
Today, my friend and fellow health and wellness extraordinaire, Abbey Gibb – holistic nutritionist and founder of the lifestyle network, AbbeyGibb.tv – has some information to teach us about how your breakfast might be sabotaging your weight loss efforts!
Is Your Breakfast Making You Fat?
You were told breakfast is the most important meal of the day and now I’m telling you that it could be causing weight gain? I know, you can’t seem to catch a break! Don’t worry, I still want you to enjoy a hearty breakfast every day, but I’m going to give you a few simple tips for eating the RIGHT breakfast.
There are three reasons your breakfast may be sabotaging your weight loss efforts:
Let’s go over 3 of the most popular breakfast meals and I’ll show you how to hack them to be as effective as possible in helping you reach your goals!
Oatmealis a great option for breakfast because it is a complex carb and goes through your digestive system slowly. Instead of making it with just water though, try making it with something filled with protein like almond milk and also putting in a thumb’s worth of healthy fat. I personally love to use Sunbutter (sunflower seed butter). Then top it off with some low-glycemic fruits like raspberries or blueberries and a little extra fiber like flax or chia seeds.
A lot of people love the classic and easy American breakfast, toast and coffee. No judgement zone here! Let me show you how to make it just a little bit better.
The key to upscaling your toast is to simply add some healthy protein and fat. You can do this easily by topping the toast with fresh avocado slices or some Sunflower Seed Butter. Then have one egg on the side, either hardboiled or scrambled in a little coconut oil.
At the bottom of this article check out our recipe for a Coffee-Banana Protein Smoothie!
When you wake up tired or in a rush, nothing is easier than a bowl of cereal. Kids especially tend to gravitate towards this type of breakfast.
To hack your cereal breakfast, I want you to make it parfait style. Put a handful of cereal in a bowl with some non-dairy yogurt like coconut yogurt, then top with low-glycemic berries. You can even prep these the day before in a mason jar and stick them in the fridge for an easy grab-n-go breakfast.
This is a fun breakfast option because you can personalize it any way you like! Try adding sliced almonds, coconut flakes, raw honey, chia seeds, hemp seeds or goji berries.
Some people tell me they are starving about 10 minutes after they eat breakfast! This is usually because they aren’t processing their carbs correctly. You see, some people wake up in the morning with their blood sugar/insulin levels already high. This might be you if you wake up jittery and moody. Then, if you eat a high-carb breakfast without much protein, fat or fiber (cereal, plain toast, a pastry, doughnut, etc.), then your insulin levels are going to spike even more. Pretty soon this will result in an energy crash and mid-morning cravings.
This is the big reason why you want to ADD good quality protein and fat to every breakfast. It isn’t hard either! And if you like a quick breakfast for on-the-go, here is a high-protein high-fat superfood shake for you to try.
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Abbey Gibb is an Emmy winning TV host, Holistic Nutritionist and acclaimed public speaker. She's also the founder and host of the holistic lifestyle network, AbbeyGibb.tv, featuring two trademark shows: Tired Girl and Bossify. Tired Girl offers healthy cooking hacks and health talks for the girl on the go. Bossify is a groundbreaking interview show featuring female leaders investigating the definition of success itself. Find her at: www.abbeygibb.tv YouTube: Abbey Gibb IG: @abbeygibb
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