Bad Breakfast Foods

A fattening, unhealthy look at some of the worst foods you can eat for breakfast.

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Doughnuts

You knew it was coming, so may as well get it over with. Whether glazed, powdered, or cream-filled, doughnuts were made to be delicious ways to begin or interrupt your day. What they were not created for was to be a healthy way to get your day started right. Many companies have made it their mission to create the ultimate healthy doughnut, but every attempt has come off less tasty than the original. Instead of settling for something that tastes less than the best, leave doughnuts of all shapes, sizes, and health on the shelf.

Kids’ Cereals

You never want to grow up. You love your big-kid toys and your big-kid video games, and you’re still eating the same cereal you were when you were in elementary school. Unfortunately, those brightly colored, sugary sweet cereals have not become any healthier over the years. In fact, researchers from Yale University state that these kid-friendly cereals that are full of sugar and artificial flavors are usually less healthy than any cereals made for adults. So if your kids are eating the same colorful cereals as you, you’ll all need to change. Instead, look for something with four grams of fiber and less than four grams of sugar per serving.

Energy Bars

They’re crammed full of protein and go-get-em, and they fit in the palm of your hand. So what’s the problem? The problem is that alongside all that energy-boosting protein, there is also a lot of fat and calories. If you don’t spend adequate time each day to get rid of these extra fats and calories, your whole body is going to feel the extra pounds piling on. Instead of grabbing an energy bar for breakfast, only eat them right before or after an intense workout. That way you’re keeping your body fueled properly, but you’re also burning off most of the stuff you don’t want stuck to your hips.

Front Seat Foods

The mother of all bad breakfast foods is breakfast on the go. While fast-food breakfast is convenient and relatively inexpensive, it is also one of the worst ways to fill your stomach in the morning. Some of the most common options are sausage or chicken biscuits; biscuits and gravy; or bacon, egg, and cheese biscuits. Make any of these items at home and you’ll be on the border of unhealthy. Pick them up at a fast-food restaurant and you’re guaranteed a dose of artery-slowing, fat-producing food, served in a Styrofoam carton with a side of orange juice. And no, the 100% natural orange juice doesn’t magically turn gravy into a harmless or healthy substance.

Runners Up

Think your breakfast doesn’t need a face lift just because your favorite fattening breakfast treat snuck by without making the list? Think again. Here are a few other fattening breakfast foods to avoid.

  • Sausage: Just as high in fat as it is in flavor, sausage can put a hurting on your good health.
  • Pancakes: Whole-wheat pancakes aren’t too terribly unhealthy, but out-of-the-box pancakes doused in syrup is anything but healthy. In fact, anything doused in syrup is a bad idea. Paleo? don’t think so…
  • Ham: For all the reasons to avoid bacon and sausage, keep your salivating mouth away from ham. Tastes great, more filling for your waistline.

Is Obesity A Problem For You? It is in your state…

The phrase, “Everything’s bigger in Texas,” rings true when we consider the current state of Texans’ health.  Nearly two-thirds (64.1 percent) of the state’s population is overweight or obese.

Is this the new American standard?

Is this the new American standard?

Obesity driven illness is becoming a major issue in America today. The numbers of Americans that are overweight are astounding. In Texas alone, 27% of Adults are obese, while over 37% are considered overweight. Our children are faring even worse.  Over half the student body of most grade schools is obese. These children have a 70% chance of keeping that weight and becoming obese adults. If you don’t believe me, check out the facts…

Here’s some information for you straight from the Texas state Comptroller’s office:

Obesity is on the rise. In 2005, there were nearly 3 million more obese adults in Texas than in 1990. Only 12.3 percent of Texas adults were obese in 1990; by 2005, that share had more than doubled, to 27.0 percent, well above the national average of 24.4 percent.

Adults:

*   27.0 percent of adult Texans are obese. 37.1 percent are overweight. Only 35.9 percent of adult Texans are of a normal weight.
* The prevalence of obesity and overweight in adult Texans rose 49.4 percent from 1990 to 2005.
* Texas is 10th in the nation in the percentage of its adult population that is overweight or obese.
* From 1990 to 2005, the percentage of the obese adult population alone increased 119.5 percent in Texas.
* 37.4 percent of adult Texans residing in the lower south Texas region are obese; the highest prevalence of any region in the state.
* 66.4 percent of adults in San Antonio are either overweight or obese, the highest prevalence of any city in the state.

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Is this your child?

Children:

*   42 percent of Texas fourth graders, 39 percent of Texas eighth graders and 36 percent of Texas eleventh graders are overweight or at-risk-of overweight.
* 70 percent of overweight children will become overweight or obese adults.
* Healthy lifestyle choices must be developed at an early age.
* Fostering healthy lifestyles is easier than breaking unhealthy practices later in life.
* Unhealthy foods with minimal nutritional value have been removed from almost all cafeterias and many district vending machines as well.
* Pending legislation could increase physical activity for children.

This is one of the major reasons why we are launching the Fighting Fit Fitness Boot Camps at our school. This program is  designed to improve overall health and fitness while building the right habits for the future.

Visit our Boot Camp page for more information, or just fill out the form in the upper right of this page for more information on our Boot Camp. Until October 15th, You can join with a buddy for the price of one person’s tuition!!! Join Now!