You can’t walk by a magazine stand these days without 10 magazines with cover headlines such as “Lose Belly Fat Fast” or “Lose The Last 10” or “Lose 7 Inches in 7 Days,” etc. And in each of these magazines you will find a meal plan that lists this exact breakfast:
Steel cut oats, blueberries, orange juice (or a similar variation)
It is almost the universal magazine and media breakfast.
There are two problems with this. The first problem is that very few people will take the time to cook steel-cut oats on a typical morning. You’ve got to boil the oats and create a sticky pot that you will have to wash. It is far too time-consuming for your modern lifestyle.
The second problem is worse. You see, despite the healthy items in the breakfast above, it is missing one critical component for weight loss: a balance of protein and carbs.
Oats, fruit and fruit juice are primarily carbs. There is very little protein in this meal. The reason why you want to eat a balance of protein and carbs (the PC Combo) is that studies have shown (and decades of results have proven) that a PC Combo keeps blood sugar levels stable.
The all-carbs meal spikes blood sugar – thus causing an insulin surge followed by a series of counter regulatory hormone responses. The end result is that you feel irritable, tired, hungry, headachey, shaky, and edgy – all the symptoms of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). So you wind up chowing down on doughnuts or having a Frappucino.
That’s why the real weight loss breakfast includes another item: eggs. Or Greek yogurt. Or cottage cheese – the high protein source to balance the PC Combo.
My favorite breakfast for weight loss is a veggie egg white scramble AND the steel cut oats – or another carb such as whole wheat toast, Kashi cereal, or fresh fruit. Now that’s a tasty, fulfilling breakfast and not a diet.
For some reason the media won’t recommend this kind of meal. However, nutritionists and experienced personal trainers who have extensive real weight loss experience know this.
Eat a PC Combo for breakfast (and lunch, snacks, and dinner) to lose weight.
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Christine Avanti is a Los Angeles-based nutritionist, chef and healthy weight loss specialist. She has appeared on Dancing With The Stars, Tyra, Rachael Ray, The Today Show, E!, TV Guide, Fox Business Channel, and dozens of others. She is the author of Skinny Chicks Don't Eat Salads and the creator of the Simply Slimmer System, your nutritionist in a box.