The Best Fat Burning Breakfast Foods
Breakfast is an important meal to get your metabolism fired up, but you don’t want to overdo it with heavy foods or ones that are just going to cause an energy crash a couple hours down the line. Foods that have a resistant starch in them (or a fiber that doesn’t get completely digested) can actually tell your body to burn more fat for energy than other foods can. Stick with these fat burning foods at breakfast that will fill you up but also set you up for healthy eating all day.
Oatmeal is one such food that is heavy in resistant starch, and is relatively low in calories in comparison to all that fiber that’s going to fill you up. Avoid the instant varieties or the sugar filled ones and go with whole rolled oats to avoid missing the healthy parts of it. Top off oatmeal with a bit of healthy fat like nuts or coconut butter, and throw on some antioxidant rich berries for good measure. The meal is going to satiate you, give you energy, and not cause an energy crash.
If you’re in a huge hurry in the morning and sometimes skip breakfast altogether, grab a banana at least. Even better if you can spread it with some healthy fat from almond butter or if you can slice it up into your oatmeal. The less ripe a banana is the more resistant starch it has in it, so try to avoid the overly mushy ones which have already turned to sugar and will do less for you in the fat burning department.
You probably aren’t going to be spoon feeding yourself wheat germ on its own, but it is the perfect topping for some protein rich Greek yogurt and making a meal out of a snack. Wheat germ contains the carb boost you need for energy, and when mixed with protein will provide a lasting full feeling. Wheat germ is also high in vitamin E and folate. It can also be tossed into smoothies.
Add a grapefruit as a breakfast side to something like an omelet and you can increase your fat burning powers immensely. Studies have shown that eating half a grapefruit can help you lose weight faster because of the stabilizing effects that grapefruits have on the blood sugar and insulin levels. They also have other fat burning properties. Just be sure to get some filling protein in on the side otherwise you’ll be hungry before lunch.
At one point it was suggested that eggs were a source of high cholesterol, but most of those assumptions have been completely thrown out the window. Eggs are a whole source of protein and they obviously can be cooked up in so many different ways. The protein in eggs sends your body into fat burning mode immediately. To make it a lasting meal, pair your eggs with some greens like asparagus or spinach to add that important filling fiber boost.
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About Kate Ferguson Kate Fergus is a Los Angeles local and freelance writer for a variety of blogs and online magazines. When she's not writing, the UC Davis graduate is focused on pursuits of the entertainment industry, spin class, and hot sauce.