(By Annali Van Zyl) Did you know that eating breakfast raises your metabolism by ten per cent? If you want to get into great shape, you should incorporate oats in your diet.
The possibilities are endless
This warming breakfast should never feel boring or blah. Liven up your oats porridge bowl with these healthy combinations that keep your meal feeling fresh, filling and satisfying to your taste buds.
It’s quick to put together
Rolled oats takes well under ten minutes from prep to bowl. It might be a little more time than that instant packet you’re used too, but the rolled varieties don’t come with any of the added sugars and chemicals often found in those flavoured packets. Or there’s always the option to go with overnight oats that require just a little prep the night before and are ready to eat from the fridge the next morning.
It keeps you going
There’s no need to reach for an unhealthy convenience snack in the morning when you have oats on your side; it offers the calories and fibre you need to stay satisfied all morning long. Unlike sugary breakfast cereals full of refined carbs, the body digests oats at a slower pace, keeping blood sugar levels steady, energy up and hunger away.
It helps you time carbs right
When it comes to weight loss, celebrity trainers Bob Harper and Gunnar Peterson agree: you should eat carbs for breakfast. According to Manhattan-based nutritionist and registered dietitian Shira Lenchewski, “carbs are burned more efficiently in the morning than at night,” so they don’t go unused and get stored as fat in the body. Shira also recommends that the largest meal (higher in carbohydrates) be breakfast.