Breakfast Challenge: Day 5

By: Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D.  |  Friday, July 22, 2011
Fight fat with breakfast.
Yes, you read that correctly! A recent study in The Journal of Nutrition found that eating a breakfast made with “slow-release” carbohydrates, such as oatmeal or bran cereal, 3 hours before you exercise may help you burn more fat. Here’s why: in the study eating “slow-release” carbohydrates didn’t spike blood sugar as high as eating refined carbohydrates, such as white toast. In turn, insulin levels didn’t spike as high and because insulin plays a role in signaling your body to store fat, having lower levels may help you burn fat.
Not in the mood for oatmeal? (I don't blame you, it's too hot for me.) Here are some delicious recipes to help you fight fat.