They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and as far as your metabolism is concerned, that may be true. One recent study even found that those who consistently eat a healthy, balanced breakfast are more likely to have a healthier BMI than those who skip.
Unsurprisingly, what you eat for breakfast is just as important as eating breakfast in general—and with foods like doughnuts, cereal, and bagels on the standard breakfast menu, it's way too easy to start off your day on an unhealthy foot. If you'd rather jump-start your metabolism, boost energy levels, and fill up on something satiating and delicious, Jennifer Stagg, naturopathic physician and author of Unzip Your Genes, recommends a hearty bowl of steel-cut oatmeal.
"People who eat good carbs like oatmeal have more energy, reduced sugar cravings, lose more weight, and even have more regular bowel movements," she told SheFinds. Oatmeal is classified as a fiber-rich "slow carb," which means it takes your body time to digest and "wakes up" your metabolism. What's more is that "oatmeal is also chewy and takes longer to eat than other breakfast foods," she says. "That means you eat it slowly enough to notice when your body feels full. The result: no mindless overeating."
Of course, the kind of oatmeal you buy (and what you top it with) matters as well. Stagg recommends buying the standard unflavored steel-cut oats and topping them with a mix of fresh fruit, almond milk, nuts, quinoa, and a spoonful of plain yogurt; skip sugary add-ons like honey or agave. ■