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This Photo Shows Why Cereal Isn't the Best Breakfast If You're Trying to Lose Weight

Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day. It sets the tone for how you feel and move, and it helps you stay on track with your weight loss. Chris Rocchio, meal prep aficionado known as chris.rocchio_fit on Instagram, shared a photo proving how cereal could throw you off your weight-loss game, and why you might want to cook yourself a big omelette instead.

Chris warns against "having a sugar-bomb first thing in the morning," especially when standard cereals are marketed as "part of a balanced breakfast." He lays out the nutrition details for you to see firsthand.

"The pic above is a standard size bowl of Raisin Bran Crunch, which actually isn't as bad as others that were essentially just candy/sweets — chocolate, marsh-mellows, chocolate-chip cookies, etc," he wrote. "Unfortunately, several polls of breakfast eating habits still isolate cold cereal as the top choice for men & women in the US."

The picture on the right, however, is of a huge omelette of three free range eggs, one egg white, spinach, sweet potatoes, avocado, onions, bell pepper, tomato, and mozzarella. "Omelettes are my favourite because not only do you get a nice dose of protein & a series of micronutrients, you also have the option of throwing whatever veggies you like in with it to add extra flavour, nutrients, and fibre," Chris said. "I also like sweet potato hash as my carbs because it provides resistant starch."

Aside from all the benefits waiting for you in that omelette, it's 511 calories and 13 grams of sugar, while that tiny bowl of cereal is a whopping 777 calories with 77 grams of sugar. Next time you're wondering what to eat for breakfast, consider making yourself an omelette instead of opening up that box of Raisin Bran. Or you can make a big ol' pan of this quinoa egg bake and have breakfast ready for you all week long.

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