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Losing weight can not only be difficult, it can be downright frustrating! There’s so many rules you need to follow – eat right, exercise, eat so many times per day, stop snacking, eat healthy snacks…You end up greatly confused, with so many conflicting ideas that are floating about regarding the best methods for losing weight.
When you go back to basics, the number one rule that most of us ignore, is that we should have breakfast every single day. Breakfast is supposedly the most important meal of the day, and is also very helpful for your efforts to lose weight. But what do you have for breakfast? Cereal. That’s the simple breakfast food that many opt for, after all, who has a lot of time to whip up something spectacular first thing in the morning? But, could your cereal actually be doing you more harm than good?
Sugar. Sweet Sweet Sugar
One of the most common mistakes is not understanding what your cereal is made of. Be wary of those that say "high fiber" or "lots of fruit". Sure, they may be tasty, and fruit is good for you isn’t it? Not if that fruit is dried and full of sugar! Take a look at your favorite cereal and check the ingredients listed on the back of the box. Many cereals contain a high level of sugar content, and no matter how many grains it has, or fiber and fruit it contains, if the sugar content is high, it’s not going to do you any favors in the weight loss department!
How Much Are You Eating?
The more delectable and tasty your cereal is, the easier it is to overeat it. And of course, the more you eat the less good you are doing for yourself. Many of us choose a bowl that is way too big for breakfast-sized dining. And, the bigger the bowl, the more likely we are to pour more cereal into it. Believe it or not, you should be eating no more than a cup of cereal at breakfast.
The Bottomless Cereal Bowl
Most of us start out with very good intentions relating to our consumption of breakfast cereal. We start out with a cup of cereal and pour over the milk. However, often when you get to the bottom, you find you still have a lot of milk left, so therefore you feel the need to add more cereal. Before you know it, you have excess cereal, and not enough milk, so you are ‘forced’ to add more milk. This phenomenon is called ‘the bottomless bowl’.