Maybe your mom used to lecture you about breakfast being the most important meal of the day. Or now that you’re following a medical weight loss plan, you’re focused on fueling your body with the right nutrition first thing in the morning. Now you have enough energy for your workout.
Actually, every meal is important, and breakfast does not necessarily hold more importance than the others. But you still want to start off your day with a healthy meal, so follow these five tips to support your medical weight loss plan.
Center around protein. Build your meal around a healthy protein source, like eggs, to keep your blood sugar levels even until lunchtime.
Think savory, not sweet. So many popular “breakfast foods” (according to marketing) contain lots of sugary carbs and not much else. We’re talking about muffins, donuts, waffles, and so on. That’s actually the last thing you need first thing in the morning, because the quick burst of energy will be followed by a crash well before lunch. Instead, add healthy fats (avocado or cheese) to your meal. Now you have a flavorful, satisfying breakfast.
Don’t forget the fiber. Fresh fruits or veggies round out the meal with fiber, which aids feelings of satiety and also prevents certain chronic diseases.
Don’t drink your calories. That calorie-laden latte might be delicious, but it won’thelp you feel full. It’s empty calories that provide little to zero nutritional value, and leaves you feeling hungry.
Prep the night before. The morning rush can push us to reach for faster, less healthy options. Make a quiche the night before, soak your overnight oats, or pre-chop your fruits and veggies. Setting yourself up for success will help you stick to your medical weight loss plan every day.
And of course, call us to schedule an appointment if your meal planning has hit a snag. We can help with suggestions and dietary information that supports your health goals.