How to lose weight by changing your breakfast habits, according to a doctor

If you’re looking to lose weight, it’s important to set yourself up for success.

This means eating a healthy breakfast, which kick-starts your metabolism and prevents you from snacking or over-eating later on in the day.

Dr Michael Greger, who specialises in clinical nutrition, recently spoke about morning mealtimes.

He said skipping breakfast isn’t a good idea, recommending that slimmers eat porridge instead.

In an interview with Daily Mail, the expert cited a Colombia University study.

Researchers split participants into three groups.

One third of individuals were given quick oats for breakfast, while another segment ate the same amount of Frosted Flakes.

The final subjects were given plain water, so experts could measure data against a control group.

Results showed that those who ate porridge felt fuller for longer.

Porridge is said to keep you feeling fuller for longer

This reduced their chances of over-eating, which is why oats are such a good option for slimmers.

Dr Greger added: “(Scientists) then measured how many calories people took in at lunch.

“Not only did those who ate the porridge feel fuller, some went on to consume less at lunch — about 400 fewer calories, in fact, which is more than the porridge itself.

“So, in effect, the porridge provided ‘negative’ calories.”

A similar experiment was conducted by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in 2014.

Researchers measured the impact of 218 calorie instant oatmeal breakfasts on participants.

They used visual analogue scales to measure how appetite changed after the meal.

Results showed: “Instant oats increased fullness, suppressed desire to eat and reduced prospective intake more than the RTEC over four hours, and consistently at the 60 minute time-point.”