15 Healthy Breakfast Foods for Weight Loss 
										Here's how to eat breakfast like a king—and lose weight, too!

15 Healthy Breakfast Foods for Weight Loss Here's how to eat breakfast like a king—and lose weight, too!

There’s an old saying that advises how to best tackle your daily three squares in order to lose weight: “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.” In other words, frontloading the top of your day with the vitamins and nutrients your body needs to function can help support a healthy metabolism, energize your body, keep you fuller for longer, and ultimately help you burn those pesky pounds whether the first stop of the day is the gym or your sitting at your desk.

When it comes to eating a healthy breakfast for weight loss, being an “early bird” can mean so much more than just getting the worm—it means setting yourself up for weight loss success. However, knowing which breakfast foods can help you lose weight is easier said than done given the wide range of options that are available.

With that in mind, we spoke to a handful of dietitians to get their thoughts and suggestions on what to eat for breakfast to lose weight. Read on to learn more about how to pull together a healthy breakfast for weight loss, and for more healthy eating tips to also help you capitalize on lunch in ways that support your weight loss goals, be sure to also check out 77 Best Healthy Lunch Ideas for Weight Loss.

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Whether you opt for Greek yogurt, Icelandic skyr, or prefer the traditional route, yogurt is undeniably one of the most versatile healthy dairy options you can incorporate into your breakfast routine, especially if weight loss is your ultimate aim.

“One of my favorite breakfast foods is yogurt,” says Amidor. “I use it to make breakfast smoothies, parfaits, and to top my pancakes and waffles. I even make homemade berry compote to top my morning yogurt.”

“Numerous studies show that yogurt can be part of a healthy weight loss plan,” adds Amidor, noting that “a 2015 published systematic review found that yogurt consumption was associated with lower body mass index, lower body weight/weight gain, smaller waist circumference and lower body fat in epidemiological studies. Randomized control trials suggest that there are weight reduction effects, but do not permit determination of a cause-effect relationship.”

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Amidor notes that postpartum women may especially benefit from eating yogurt for breakfast, as “a recently published study concluded that among women with less healthy diets, yogurt consumption was associated with lower postpartum obesity risk.”

For a fast and easy breakfast capable of combining all the essential nutrients able to promote weight loss, blending up a smoothie can be a great solution. To strike a healthy balance conducive to weight loss, think about ingredients that can help you knock out a daily serving of fruits and veggies while also including some carbs, healthy fats, and even a little protein when combining ingredients like berries, leafy greens, nuts, yogurt, hemp, flaxseed, oats, and even dark chocolate. For instance, I’m a big fan of a sweet and creamy green smoothie featuring fresh spinach, avocado, bananas, plain yogurt, a handful of sliced almonds, and a teeny drizzle of honey or agave.

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If consuming more high-protein foods is integral to your overall weight loss plan, whipping up a protein shake is another quick and easy healthy breakfast solution that can provide you with energy while also keeping you fuller for longer.

“A [June 2022] study [published in The Journal of Nutrition] found that weight loss correlated to an intake of a high-protein plus high-fiber shake,” notes Thomason.

Eggs are protein-packed breakfast staples that are as versatile as they are delicious. Best of all, these nutrient-dense delights can also be incorporated into healthy diets designed to promote weight loss. According to Thomason, research shows that “breakfasts that include eggs [have been] found to induce weight loss in the context of a low-calorie diet plan.”

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“An egg omelet rich in veggies is a great way to start your day that is both high in fiber and protein!” says Adams. “Eggs are an excellent source of protein. High-protein diets have been associated with increased fullness, reduced appetite, and increased metabolism, three factors that can all help lead to overall weight loss.”

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