Eat Diet Friendly Cereals

Cereal for breakfast? Sure!

Choose a high-fiber, low sugar cereal for breakfast. A high-fiber cereal is an ideal diet food because fiber takes longer to digest, which means that it keeps hunger at bay longer than the refined carbs in most bagels.

A study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association showed that women who included high-fiber cereal in their low-calorie eating plans lost more weight than non-cereal eaters, and they did so without losing crucial nutrients.

Fiber lowers cholesterol and speeds waste from the body, but it also takes some water along in the process. But when eating a healthy high-fiber diet, remember to drink plenty of water. A lot of fiber with not enough water can cause constipation.

It’s possible (though rare) to eat too much fiber (more than 60 grams daily for a 150 pound person), which could result in constipation, diarrhea, and upset stomach.  The first sign that you’re eating too much fiber at one time is excessive flatulence.

Cheerios Multi Grain (110 Calories/cup)
Fiber One 80, Chocolate (110/cup)
Kashi GOLEAN Original (160/cup)
Kellogg's All Brain Wheat (120/cup)

People who eat cereal for breakfast at least five days a week are less likely to be obese than those who don’t. Cereal eaters also consume more fiber and calcium—key for weight loss. But remember: If it’s got a cartoon character on the box, it isn’t going to benefit your body (sorry, but Tony the Tiger is not a nutritional authority figure).

One last thing – certain people tend to be more sensitive to high fiber diets than others.  If you start experiencing, well, excessive flatulence, it may be from eating too much fiber for your system in one helping.  Try spreading your fiber consumption out more evenly over the course of the day.