I’m a diet expert – here’s the food you should swerve at breakfast if you’re trying to lose weight

A LEADING expert has revealed the foods you should swerve at breakfast – and his own go-to meal.

Dr Michael Mosley, a TV presenter and weight loss guru, made the 5:2 diet famous, and has since created the Very Fast 800. 

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Dr Michael Mosley

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He believes a low-carbohydrate, high protein diet, with intermittent fasting, is the most ideal diet to follow for weight loss.

On his website, Dr Michael revealed slimmers should start the day with eggs, as he does himself. 

“Boiled, poached, scrambled or as an omelette – they’ll keep you feeling fuller for longer compared to cereal or toast,” it says on his website, according to the Daily Express.

But he warned that people watching their weight should be careful about which meats they eat.

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If you’re having eggs every morning for breakfast, bacon sounds like the perfect addition.

However, processed meats should be eaten “sparingly” and “in small quantities”, Dr Michael said.

The NHS and other health bodies agree, as research has consistently shown a link between foods such as bacon, sausages and ham with bowel cancer and heart disease.

Instead of bacon with your eggs, Dr Micahel would go for fish, such as salmon, which is both filling and a good source of omega-3 and 6.

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But the worst choice for someone trying to lose weight is cereal, Dr Michael warned.

These are “laden in sugar”, he said.

Sugar for breakfast can set you off on a rollercoaster of high and low blood sugar levels.

Although you might feel great for a while after eating sugar, it won’t be long until you are reaching for another snack to pick you back up again.

Many people won’t realise how sugary cereals are, because they are not obviously unhealthy like chocolate bars or biscuits.

Next time you’re in the supermarket, look at the nutrition labels of boxes. If the label is red, it means it is high in sugar and will make up a large proportion of your daily target.

Dr Michael also said he avoids toast, which is a breakfast staple for many.

Bread isn’t bad for you, however it does get broken down into sugars.

You can reduce its effect on blood sugar levels by eating it with some protein and fats, such as eggs or peanut butter – but try and stay away from the jam and chocolate spread.

Eggs, on the other hand, are a great way to start the day because, being high in protein, they are filling.

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They’re low in calories – around 80 per egg – so you can eat two or three for breakfast with the addition of other delicious and nutritious vegetables, such as mushrooms.

On top of that, they contain selenium, vitamins A, B12, B2 and B5.

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