We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but experts say that it’s really important for dieters. That’s because it gives your body the fuel it needs to stay full and focused, which also helps boost your metabolism and burn calories. But, this is only the case when you opt for healthy, nutrient-rich breakfast foods.
Curious to know if you’ve been doing breakfast wrong? Stacy Goldberg, a nutritionist at savorfull, says you have been if you’re go-to breakfast food is a bagel!
Bagels can't be that bad, can they? The popular breakfast food is a go-to for most because of their convenience, versatility, and yummy taste, but it turns out that bagels are actually one of the worst things you can have--especially in the morning!
“The calorie count in a bagel is astronomical," Goldberg tells SheFinds. One plain bagel can contain at least 245 calories and the numbers only go up once you experiment with different bagel varieties.
Plus, most people have their bagels with unhealthy toppings like butter, cream cheese, and jam, which are pretty high in calories as well. They also pack on a lot of unwanted fat, sugar, and carbs, too! Don't even get us started on those egg, cheese, and bacon breakfast sandwiches...
Calories aside, Goldberg says that bagels really make a poor breakfast because they're high in refined carbohydrates, meaning that they possess no real nutritional value and can hinder weight loss.
“Eating a bagel actually makes you hungrier because there is nothing in it to fill you up,” Goldberg explains, noting that having unhealthy carbs like bagels make your blood sugar spike and fall quickly, which then leads to your metabolism crashing, too.
So, what should you have instead? Goldberg and other nutritionists recommend replacing your morning bagel for a piece of whole grain or sprouted grain toast. Not only are these varieties low in calories, but they're also high in fiber because their nutrients haven't been stripped away.