Losing weight is hard. Losing weight in just a single month is even harder, but not impossible. When it comes to losing fat, your most sure-fire course of action is getting your diet in check. Eating healthy is a crucial part — if not the most important part — to actually shedding those stubborn pounds.
Experts say breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it helps your brain function and gives you the energy you need to power through the day. Starting your day off with a nutrient-packed breakfast is also the best way to set yourself up for a day of healthy eating. So, if you want to blast that unwanted belly fat by February, you need to make eating a healthy breakfast a part of your daily routine.
“Belly fat is even thought to be ‘toxic’ to your system as it releases chemicals into your body that wreak havoc on your appetite and the way your body metabolizes food,” warned Dr. Mehmet Oz, M.D. According to Dr. Oz, you should opt for breakfast foods that are rich in flavonoids, like apples. They’re loaded with powerful antioxidants that fight weight gain -- and haven’t you heard, an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
There’s a reason your parents always wanted you to snack on an apple as a kid. They’re the second most antioxidant-rich fruit, just behind berries. Apples are loaded with phytochemicals, such as quercetin, catechin, phloridzin and chlorogenic acid, which gives them excellent anti-inflammatory properties.
But that’s not the end of their benefits. Apple peels contain pectin, a soluble fiber that has been linked to lowering cholesterol and stopping cancer cell growth. Now we really understand why an apple a day keeps the doctor away!