Does Just Eating Cereals Make You Lose Weight?

We know that eating cereals is healthy, but does eating a single bowl of cereal for every meal makes you lose weight? We see lots of cereals on grocery shelves, with some promising to help you get rid of the extra poundage, but truth of the matter is that not all cereals are nutritious.

Some cereals actually have higher calories, even those so-called diet cereals. Depending on the brand and type of cereal, a serving of sweet cereal for kids contains about 118 calories, 0.6 grams of fat, 141 milligrams of sodium, 0.6 grams of fiber, and 12.5 grams of sugar. Meanwhile, oat-based cereal has approximately 100 calories, 2 grams fat, 190 milligrams sodium, 2 grams fat, 190 milligrams sodium, 3 grams fiber, and 1 gram sugar per serving. A single serving of diet cereal flakes–to the shock of many weight watchers–contains about 120 calories, 0.5 grams fat, 220 milligrams sodium, 6 grams protein, and 4 grams sugar. This shows that while diet cereal contains less fat content, it is higher in calories, sodium, and sugar.

Some diet plans recommend to eat cereal for every meal for several weeks to lose weight. A 2002 study by the Purdue University Department of Foods and Nutrition even proves that consuming two bowls of cereals a day (along with an additional meal) makes you lose more weight. However, the study also shows that those who eat cereals twice a day get less than 2,000 calories, which is the recommended daily caloric allotment for an adult. Depriving the body of necessary calories, along with essential vitamins and nutrients, could bring weight watchers like you back to your usual diet.

So instead of restricting your diet to just cereal, eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with moderate amounts lean protein and whole grains throughout the day. Also go for small amounts of healthy fats like olive oil and fish. Not only this moderation diet helps you lose weight, you also get to eat the foods you like.

Source: Livestrong


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