You’ve undoubtedly heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but did you know there are certain breakfast foods that you should actually avoid? Just eating something, even cold pizza, for example, isn’t going to do yourself, your body, or your day any good. There are some foods that can contribute to weight loss goals, add energy, and avoid some of the lethargic midmorning doldrums that can be commonplace for some people.
Here are some of the six worst breakfast foods you could possibly eat.
1. A bagel with cream cheese.
You may love eating a bagel with cream cheese, especially an everything bagel, cinnamon raisin, or blueberry bagel. The problem with this is that even if you use reduced fat cream cheese and a whole-grain bagel, you’re getting a tremendous number of calories and carbohydrates to start your day. That’s not going to help you achieve your weight loss goals and it can even make you feel overrun and fatigued.
2. The breakfast smoothie.
There’s a reason those breakfast smoothies are sweet. They contain a lot of sugar. It may be refined sugar, and many of the store brought varieties of these smoothies are full of fat and heavy creams. This is more like a desert than a breakfast, and even though you may feel you’re doing your body some good by getting calories and maybe even real fruits, if the smoothie contains real fruits, you’re also adding a tremendous burden to your body in all of that sugar.
3. Store-bought cereals.
Grabbing a bowl of cereal may be a great idea, but many of the cereals you find on the supermarket shelves are actually bad for you. Many of them contain high quantities of sugars that will help you feel lethargic and run down. When your body has to process all of that sugar, it’s going to increase the chances of gaining weight, feeling lethargic, and even potentially developing diabetes over time.
One of the quintessential American foods for breakfast happens to be donuts. Those donuts contain so much sugar, even the plain ones, and carbohydrates that you might as well just eat a box of cookies for all the good it’s doing you. The more sweet the doughnut, the worse it is for you. All in all, it’s best to simply avoid donuts altogether.
If you buy your muffins from the store prepackaged in sets of 12, for example, you’re consuming a tremendous number of calories, carbohydrates, and sugars. Even a basic plain muffin will usually require some type of flavoring to make them tolerable. Adding a tablespoon or two of butter for flavor will just be exacerbating the challenge for your day.
6. Pancakes and sausage.
If you’re looking for empty carbohydrates, a ton of sugar, and a great deal of fat, then go for it and have yourself some pancakes and sausage. Processed breakfast sausages are incredibly bad for you. Would you believe that the average pancake and sausage breakfast can fill you up with 800 calories?
Try losing weight or feeling good when you start your day with that many calories. Unless you’re a professional athlete going to be working out for eight, nine, or 10 hours during the day, you might want to avoid this particular breakfast meal.
Written by G. T. Hedlund