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FEED YOUR BODY RIGHT: BREAKFAST MADE HER A WEIGHT-LOSS CHAMPION
For years, Susan Carlson couldn't stomach the thought of eating in the morning. But only after becoming a breakfast loyalist did she lose 36 pounds.
Faced with choosing between a bowl of cereal and another 15 minutes of sleep, Susan would always go for the extra snooze time. "Food first thing in the morning never appealed to me," says the 42-year-old sales manager from Newport, Rhode Island.
Because she would eat dinner at around 6:00 P.M. and then skip breakfast, Susan was going foodless for up to 18 hours at a stretch. By noon, she'd be famished. So she'd plunge into a huge lunch, then spend the rest of the day snacking on cookies and potato chips.
By the time Susan reached her early thirties, she weighed 181 pounds. She was so embarrassed about her appearance that she stopped shopping in clothing stores. "I only ordered out of catalogs—always clothing with elastic waists," she recalls.
After several unsuccessful weight-loss attempts, Susan asked some of her slender friends how they stay slim. Their answer: breakfast.
Susan started slowly, with one slice of toast and a cup of coffee. She eventually added a bowl of cereal or oatmeal to her morning meal. To her surprise, she was less hungry at lunch and her midday munching stopped.
Now, her favorite breakfast foods include oatmeal, Kashi cereal with strawberries, and whole-wheat toast with a slice of cheese. Susan lost 36 pounds in less than a year. Her slimmer figure has made her a breakfast believer.
Eat a real breakfast. Many women, like Susan, skip breakfast—and overeat all day as a result. Research shows that people who eat a healthy and hearty breakfast are thinner than those who eat no breakfast at all. That's because breakfast helps boost your metabolism,so you burn calories more efficiently all day. For years, I skipped breakfast, too. Now, I make sure to grab something in the morning: a banana, a CI if Bar, or some yogurt. It's amazing how much more energy I have until lunchtime.