With almost everyone heading towards a healthier body, there are a plethora of cereals available in the market to choose from. There are 4 specific characteristics to look for when choosing a cereal to shed those unwanted kilos. Firstly, the cereal should be 100% whole grain, secondly, the sugar content should be 9 grams or less, thirdly, it should be low in sodium and lastly, it should offer less than 200 calories per serving.
Now, let us have a look at a few cereal options that you may want to add to your weight loss regimen.
1 . Oatmeal
Oatmeal, one of the most popular cereals, not only is a favorite amongst weight watchers but also essentially promotes good health. It soaks up the bad cholesterol in the gastrointestinal tract and provides only 150 calories per cup serving. High in carbohydrates, it is very filling and quells ones’ appetite. It also serves as an energy booster and provides abundant B Complex Vitamins.
2 . Poha/ Rice Crispies
Poha, breakfast version of rice, is amongst the most preferred options in almost all Indian families. It serves as a light and healthy breakfast and snack. It can best be prepared with loads of veggies, sauteed in oil sparingly. It also is a refreshing change from the usual cereal with milk variety which gets boring with time.
3 . Ragi
Ragi benefits weight loss in a unique way and holds a significant place in diet programs for weight loss. A special amino acid Tryptophan present in Ragi helps to curb appetite. Loaded with fiber, the high amount of dietary fiber combined with water keeps the stomach fuller for a longer period of time and keeps one away from unhealthy snacking. It is an ideal cereal for those looking to lose weight.
4 . Barley (Jau)
Once known as a ‘poor man’s wheat’, Barley now is a star in the health food circuit after Swedish researchers found that it has hunger-fighting and cholesterol-reducing potential. It is extremely low in calories and is abundant in fiber, therefore keeps one feel fuller for long. The beta glucan in jau has been found to help lower cholesterol levels.
5 . Muesli
Muesli is a mixture of roasted nuts, oats, wheat flakes, and fruits. It provides abundant energy and can be consumed both with milk and yogurt. Low in fats and abundant in essential nutrients,