Want some inspiration for healthy breakfasts to lose weight? The cliché about breakfast being the most important meal of the day is very true when it comes to weight loss. If you make sure you eat a proper breakfast every day, you're more likely to be successful in your weight loss goal because eating a healthy breakfasts promotes better metabolism and ensures you don't eat too much during your other meals.
We'll say outright that eating anything at all in the morning is better than nothing; at the same time, if you really hate eating breakfast, don't despair: it's not the be-all of weight loss. Consult our advice to how to lose weight for other important aspects. Then visit our health hub page for more advice.
Eggs are the holy grail of breakfasts: rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals, eggs are nutritious without being overly calorific (ignore the old-fashioned naysaying about eggs saying that they're high in cholesterol – it's been proven to be untrue). People who eat eggs for breakfast tend to feel fuller throughout the day, which helps with overall weight loss.
Find a great range of egg recipes in our guide, but don't miss these basics:
2. Nuts and seeds
Nuts and seeds are important for weight loss because they contain dietary fibre, which most of us don't get enough of in our diet. Chia seeds and flax seeds are particularly beneficial, and chia has the benefit of bonding with water to form a gel-like substance in your stomach, making you feel fuller. Nuts are also high in protein and good fats, making them an excellent all rounder for adding to breakfasts. Just make sure that if you're eating almonds they're organically produced.
3. Greek yogurt
We say 'Greek yogurt' because many products that are sold are yogurts are full of sugar and therefore no good for weight loss. Always choose full-fat, bio-live Greek yoghurt: it's full of protein and probiotics – good for weight loss and for your gut.
You can even make yogurt – especially easy in a slow cooker. Don't miss our guide.
Another great source of dietary fibre (a single banana contains 12 per cent of your recommended daily intake), bananas help balance your metabolism and are another food that will make you feel fuller during the day if you eat them in the morning. Enjoy sliced over your yoghurt, with porridge, or on their own.
Berries are what they call a high-density food: this means that they are low in calories, but high in beneficial vitamins and minerals, and – you've guessed it by now – fibre. Sprinkle over porridge or yogurt.
Great news for those of us who can't being the morning without a daily fix of caffeine – it has proven weight loss benefits. Although it won't help you lose weight on its own, coffee boosts metabolism which aids weight loss. It's best not to drink it on an empty stomach, though, as it could give you IBS.
Is coffee bad for you in other ways? Find out in our investigative piece.
The humble porridge is an excellent aid to losing weight – it's another food type that binds with water in your stomach and expands, making you feel fuller longer. A good source of protein and fibre, porridge is highly nutritious, too. Make it with water or milk, you'll get the benefits either way.
Learn how to make porridge with our recipe.
- Of course, maintaining a healthy weight isn't just about breakfast; browse our healthy soup recipes to make lunch healthier, too