Cereal? How in the world does cereal help me lose weight?
High fiber cereals can help you lose weight…or do they?
Many name brand cereals claim you will lose weight in the form of test studies. When you read these studies remember the participants are eating less by substituting their meals with cereal. Adding fiber to the diet, eating less fat (key), and exercise (key) can help you lose weight, but is it the healthiest way? Will I keep the weight off?
Every time I see or hear (which my sister recently mentioned) that they are going to replace meals with this special (uh huh you get the idea) cereal, because they will lose an unwanted few pounds. I cringe. Why? Because first of all I do not like cereal. Had to eat it many times as a poor child in the sixties and seventies, and second most people have to survive boredom when they diet.
What happened to getting healthy?
I am also bugged by the fact that many people who quite eating all those manufactured meals by so-and-so, and replace meals with cereal; until they stop and then they all gain the weight back. Most people either for financial reasons stop, or simply get bored and stop eating the cereal. Many simply lose the weight they want, and begin with the old eating habits.
Sure eating less calories and smaller portions will help shed the pounds as these companies promise, but you have to make it a part of your LIFE eating plan, not just to shed a few for a new dress or an outfit.
How amazed I was at finding websites that promoted quick weight loss by replacing meals with 3/4 cup of cereal, skim milk, and adding some fruit. Quick fixes never work. We all know that!
Have you written your food journal yet? I have, and I admit its easy to let it go…just like eating Halloween candy, and how it slipped into the diet. Just go back and begin again. Its like falling down, dust yourself off and get back up. Who cares if you slipped, just move on.
How does fiber in the cereal help our diet?
Detoxing is a good way to get that junk out of our bodies. I have had issues with eating gluten (lots and lots of bread and processed flour products) over the years. Once I began to reduce and eliminate these products along with sugar foods, I began to lose weight. Fiber helps clean your intestines. I know ‘EWWW’ on waste removal note, but it is true. Cereals low in sugar and high in fiber may not taste as good as the junky sugar brands, but they do help eliminate and clean our your tummies; it is also a better alternative to visiting a drive through!
Check your labels- after you grab the cereal box; it helps to keep the sugar under 8 grams. I know its hard, but your taste buds will adhere to your knew eating philosophy (no adding sugar either). Careful, not all fruit is created equal- bananas have 80 cal per serving, and strawberries have 45 cal per serving, so be cautious about how much of that you eat as well.
Don’t replace meals, try eating it as a dry snack in between balanced plates of 1/2 plate of green vegetables or dark leafy green salad; 1/4 protein, and 1/4 starch. Or eliminate the starch at night and have 2/3 of dark green vegetables al dente or dark leafy green salad with low fat dressings.
I find myself hungry now and then, not sated as one needs to survive on this LIFE journey, so Rebecca, my dietitian buddy recommends eating a 3/4 bowl of high fiber or whole grain cereal, and it worked. Fiber helps make your body feel full. Cereal bars made from oats will give you a healthier snack in between meals as a snack and are better than skipping a meal.
If we develop an eating plan, we begin to shed the weight, add exercise and you can treat yourself to something you like…but if you continue to eat recommended dietary food sources- the weight will stay off. Careful though, even they have hidden sugars.
Chef Elizabeth Stelling
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In Losing Weight and Keeping It Off #1 our dietitian, Rebecca talks about how eating a well balanced diet and exercise is key to keeping off the unwanted pounds which down the road can cause physical problems. For instance with illnesses like heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. These are among the top three killers in many adults.
Medication is available to keep our ailments under control, but until you are willing to do what it takes to get healthier, we will only see an increase in the damage they can cause.
Has a doctor told you to change your lifestyle along with medication? Mine did. Years ago they gave me high blood pressure medication, but I barely attempted to make changes. At forty you still feel you have a chance to continue down the road you were on with little consequences, but it does catch up sooner or later. Later I began to have issues with breathing and asthma I had as a child, my feet swell, my back began to hurt from the weight I was carrying around, and I could not walk when my family was on vacation. Things began to spill over into my family’s life, so the problems only worsened.
Six months ago I went back to the gym, am seeing a personal trainer, and when the doctor told me three years in a row of high blood sugar was getting serious- I changed my eating habits. No more late night writing, snacking and drinking, bed early and up with breakfast, lunch, and timely dinner meals (two snacks) I began to see my weight and swelling disappear. It works! As a chef I knew better, but we make excuses. Stop making excuses and if you are finally sick of yourself feeling like crap- do something about it.
Confession is good for the soul, or so they say- so I gave it a try! Yes, I finally admitted publicly I was over weight and was out of control. I posted my photo of my trainer, Brian and I in the gym and will eventually post more photos of myself getting fit!
Exercise is key to being able to eat that hamburger now and then, but with a healthy mind and body. I cross train six days a week. Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday- I do water aerobics or walk. Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday- I work out in the gym with my trainer (you can do it on your own, but he makes me accountable) who makes sure I alternate weights and work on different areas of my body to keep things moving. Sure its hard, and I am sore, but I know in the long run- I will be a rock star!
My family has a history, like many do of some illnesses like high blood pressure, so losing weight may not completely get rid of it, but I figure getting fit will only help matters. Do the same for yourself, you will feel so much better!
Chef Elizabeth Stelling
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