What’s Your Nutrition IQ?

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The more you know about nutrition, the more you can eat! So trust me when I tell you: vitamins, minerals, or fiber, but are high in calories, fat, and/or sugar. To avoid them, check the Nutrition Facts panel on food labels and choose foods that offer at least 20% of the recommended Daily Value of a few hydration, it does not speed up weight loss. Water and fluids satisfy thirst, but aren’t likely to quell real hunger pangs for more than a few minutes.

It is a good idea to drink a glass of water before eating to make sure you’re not mistaking thirst for usually leads to intense hunger, which in turn leads to overeating. Studies have shown that most overweight people skip the morning meal to save calories, but ultimately end up eating more than people who regularly break the fast.

A breakfast that contains protein and fiber should last you until lunch. Try a bowl of oatmeal with skim milk, and fresh fruit, or an egg and whole-grain toast. If you don’t like to eat first thing in the morning, wait a while, then enjoy a yogurt or something small. Breakfast can be anything you like; it does not have to be traditional morning foods.

Get into the habit of starting your day with a nutritious meal. It will help get you going in the morning and will give you the energy you need to perform on the job, in the classroom, or at the gym.