Breakfast can sometimes feel like the least important meal of the day but in fact it’s the most important.
Making healthy food choices at breakfast time can help kickstart weight loss.
It’s not always about what is eaten, however, what you drink can always make a difference.
There’s one beverage which is easily made and can help burn fat if consumed before eating breakfast.
Cutting up a few slices of grapefruit and putting it into warm water can help kickstart fat burning.
If drunk before eating breakfast it can help cleanse the body, experts have said.
“Grapefruit or lemon in warm water is good before breakfast to help cleanse and kick-start the lymphatic system,” nutritionist Rick Hay told Marie Claire.
It can also stop hunger cravings kicking in later in the day leading to overeating.
Nutritional therapist and chef Christine Bailey added: “Grapefruits are rich in water and soluble fibre – they can fill you up and curb hunger pangs.
“They can also help reduce insulin levels helping to prevent fat from being stored in the body.”
A study by the University of California suggested drinking grapefruit juice could be the key to weight loss.
The research – published in Plos One – showed that mice put on the same high-fat diet gained far less weight if they drank grapefruit juice rather than water.
The study also found improved levels of blood sugar and insulin among those given the juice. This serves to protect against diabetes.
It’s important to be savvy about drinks, however, as some contain a surprising number of calories.
Health and nutrition experts at Nuyoo.co compared four classic hot drinks from the five major coffee brands, to see which serves have the most calories and sugar.
When it comes to a cappuccino, the best high street option to get it from is Caffè Nero, which has just 65 calories and 5.2 grams of sugar.
For cappuccino lovers who are looking to slim down, it might be best to avoid the Starbucks’ offering, which has a whopping 129 calories and 11.4 grams of sugar.
Lattes can pack in more calories, so those looking to slim down might want to think twice before touching the milky drink.
Again, Caffè Nero takes the lead as the “healthiest” with 78 calories and 6.4 grams of sugar.
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