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Breakfast Challenge Tip 5: Fight Fat with Breakfast

By Hilary Meyer, February 28, 2012 - 5:46pm

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Breakfast Challenge Tip 5: Fight Fat with Breakfast

One of the easiest ways to eat healthier is to have breakfast every day. Each day this week, we will post a new, easy tip to help you adopt this healthy habit for just one week.

Here’s today’s tip:

Tip 5: Fight Fat with Breakfast
Pictured Recipe: Scandinavian Muesli

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, three 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? Here are some delicious recipes to help you fight fat.

For more Breakfast Challenge tips, meal plans and recipes, visit the Breakfast Challenge landing page.

TAGS: Hilary Meyer, Health Blog, Breakfast, Breakfast Challenge, Health, Nutrition

Hilary Meyer
EatingWell Associate Food Editor Hilary Meyer spends much of her time in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, testing and developing healthy recipes. She is a graduate of New England Culinary Institute.

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