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If You Do Just One Thing... Eat Breakfast

Do you skip breakfast? Many women do. But most experts agree that if you want to lose weight and keep it off, you need to eat a good breakfast. Why? Failure to eat breakfast often leads to overeating later in the day.

What’s more, research suggests that skipping breakfast can lead to heart disease and is associated with an increased risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

When you start the day with a balanced meal, your blood sugar levels are more stable, you’re more likely to have energy throughout the day, and you’ll be more likely to resist a 3 p.m. cookie break. A balanced breakfast contains complex carbohydrates, fat, and protein. A protein shake on its own isn’t a great breakfast. Neither is a piece of fruit alone. Registered dietician Joan Salge Blake, on behalf of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, says a balanced breakfast contains whole grains, dairy, and fruit. She suggests combinations such as oatmeal with milk and berries, wheat toast with peanut butter and sliced bananas, or a yogurt parfait with strawberries and whole grain cereal. We think you’ll be just fine with a small spinach and feta omelet.

Whatever you choose, eating breakfast is a habit you can develop. Commit to it daily for two or three weeks, and it’s likely to become your new norm.

Clint Ashton is a personal trainer at Absolute Health & Fitness in Queensland, Australia. He is dedicated to helping women over 40 create lifelong change through health, fitness, and self-development. For his favorite breakfast ideas and more, go to absolutehealthfitness.com.au.

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