Breakfast for Health & Weight Loss Success


Nigerian Breakfast Moimoi - breakfast weightloss

Complete Breakfast with Complex carb, fruits and protein (Just one slice of moimoi is enough)

Hands up if you eat breakfast at least 5 days a week. ??

Now another hand up if you can honestly say you consider your breakfast a healthy one. Note the word healthy because it’s very important.

The general rule if you are trying to lose weight is to eat a “healthy” breakfast. Where things get murky is figuring out what constitutes a healthy breakfast. Is it a well made glass of green smoothie? A bowl of oatmeal with fruit? Some scrambled egg-white and vegetable omelet? All of these options are very healthy and you should be proud of yourself if you are choosing these foods. But, these do not make excellent breakfast choices if you are trying to lose weight and here is why

When I started my weight loss journey , I thought a calorie is a calorie and it doesn’t matter when it’s consumed as long as it’s in the right amount; Boy was I wrong. For the longest time, my weight loss plateaued at around 143 pounds even when I consciously restricted daily caloric consumption. I often skipped breakfast all together so I could have more calories for the rest of my day. This was easy as I often wasn’t hungry at all in the morning. I also noticed that they days I ate breakfast, I was hungrier throughout the day which meant eating more. This must mean that breakfast just didn’t work for me right? wronggggg!

 

Why Eat Breakfast

While acquiring my nutrition and Clinical weight-loss certificate and writing my cook-book “Lose It Nigerian”, I was taught very early on that not only are calories not created equal, it matters when you consume them especially when trying to lose weight. Breakfast for weightloss should be macro balanced, this means that you should have complex carbohydrate, lean protein and some fat. Aside from the obvious point? being full early in the day will lead to better energy and concentration, breakfast can influence your metabolism.

Breakfast bread and egg

Healthy and complete breakfast choice

Your metabolism is what determines how much calories your body burns at rest (without rigorous physical activity). Several factors including genetics, muscle/fat composition, age, gender and overall health affect this number. I personally found that breakfast also plays a  role in this. Starting the day off with the right breakfast tells the body to start utilizing energy and burning calories.

Most people often associate the “extra hunger” from eating breakfast with the body burning more calories and consequentially needing more food. This is incorrect. The right choice of breakfast will keep you full for at least 4 hours this means that how quickly you feel hunger after breakfast is directly related to what you eat . For example, a glass of fruit based smoothie eaten as breakfast will lead to a high spike in blood sugar due to high Glycemic Index of most fruit smoothies. This results in a sharp crash in energy levels and ultimately feeling hungry in 1 – 2 hours.

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Healthy but incomplete breakfast with high GI

 

What to Eat

In this day and age, most people are taught that the best health foods are often blended in form of smoothies, it’s extremely important to understand the glycemic implication of consuming fruits in large quantities.

When carbohydrate rich foods are consumed, sugar is released into the blood stream. How quickly sugar is released is the glycemic index while how much sugar is released is the glycemic load.

When high glycemic index foods are consumed, there is a signal to the brain to release insulin. Insulin converts the sugar to fat. Hence, the higher the glycemic index of food, the higher the fat store from said food.

The reduction in blood sugar performed by the insulin will shortly  lead to lethargy and hunger . The risk of this type of diet is long run weight gain and possibly type 2 diabetes.

To reduce insulin spike when consuming carbohydrate sugar dense foods like smoothies, you should combine with complex carbohydrate, protein and fat. This will slow down digestion consequently slowing down blood sugar absorption.

breakfast weightloss

Smoothie of 1 cup Tigernut milk, 1/4 cup cooked fonio (acha), 1/2 large banana and 1/2 cup blueberry with egg and avocado omelet

Smoothies make for quick and delicious breakfast and can be a quick way to get daily required fruit and vegetable intake. It’s however important that you make the right kinds of smoothies so you don’t sabotage your health or diet.

 

Tips For Making  Healthy  Smoothies

  • Go low on the fruits especially tropical fruits. A smoothie containing 2-3 servings of fruit is not a healthy smoothie due to the sugar content of most fruits. Choose one fruit and combine with lots of leafy vegetables for added nutrient and fiber
  • Make a complete meal out of your smoothie by adding in some complex carbohydrate sources like cooked fonio (acha), oat or millet and serve your smoothie with a side of protein like boiled egg to help keep you fuller longer
  • Understand low vs high glycemic load fruits. Tropical fruits like pawpaw, mangoes, pineapples, bananas are typically high GI. Use sparingly
  • Smoothie calories are just like other calories, make sure you know what you are drinking

 

Trying to Eat Well or Lose Weight?

Here are some amazing breakfast combinations to keep you full and supercharge your metabolism

Complete Breakfast with egg white - breakfast weightloss

  1. Oatmeal with 1 serving of fruit and a slice moimoi
  2. Acha Smoothie with avocado and egg
  3. Whole egg and vegetable scramble with whole wheat toast
  4. Boiled unripe plantain with scrambled egg

Although skipping breakfast might not lead to weight gain if you eat within your caloric allowance, eating the right combination of food at breakfast can supercharge your metabolism and lead to more weightloss.

 

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By |March 28th, 2016|13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Josephine April 20, 2017 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    U nail it , dis what we r asking for our type of food, ow to use them for weight loss

  2. Tina March 30, 2016 at 3:59 am - Reply

    This is definitely the perfect breakfast! Nutritious and delicious! Thanks for sharing

  3. mukasechic March 28, 2016 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    What an amazing read

  4. Toyole March 28, 2016 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the knowledge! I always thought it was normal to get hungry so soon after breakfast, that it was just my metabolism. Is there anything I can substitute the eggs for? I don’t eat eggs and all your examples have eggs in them

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 30, 2016 at 8:31 am - Reply

      happy this helped. try making moimoi cups or anything with beans.

  5. Toyole March 28, 2016 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    I don’t eat eggs. What could I substitute with?

  6. Sarah March 28, 2016 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    Yeah, the smoothie is turning to most people go to, when it comes to losing weight and the sugar in tropical fruit is much. NICE work

  7. Florence March 28, 2016 at 10:08 am - Reply

    Very insightful! Esp with the smoothie craze these days. Thanks for educating us.

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