If you’re trying to start your day off right on your journey to weight loss, the best breakfast to have to help burn fat, keep you full throughout the day, and lose weight is oatmeal. A study done by BioMed Central found that people who consistently eat oatmeal for breakfast have lower cholesterol and smaller waist sizes than those who rely on other simple carbohydrates to start their day. Oatmeal keeps you full, preventing you from grabbing unhealthy snacks throughout the day to keep your energy up. Here are some of the many benefits that oats have to offer.
Oatmeal will help you to stay full for a longer amount of time than other breakfasts. Half a cup of rolled oats has 5 grams of fiber, which consists of nondigestible carbohydrates. These nondigestible carbohydrates found in oatmeal have beneficial fat burning effects. Fiber increases laxation, which delays the emptying of the gastrointestinal system, making you feel full. Oatmeal also helps increase the body’s levels of cholecystokinin, which is an appetite-regulating hormone, according to a study completed by PubMed.
Research has shown that oatmeal’s soluble fiber, which is called beta-glucan, when working with hormones that are natural appetite suppressants, have the ability to decrease the appetite for a longer period of time than other grains.
Oatmeal is able to reduce your LDL cholesterol levels (which are bad) without affecting your HDL levels (which are the good cholesterols). The soluble fiber in oatmeal lowers LDL levels when digested. Digested fiber becomes gooey inside the intestines, which sticks to LDL cholesterol,preventing it from being absorbed. This then leaves the body along with waste, rather than absorbing into the blood stream.
Serum cholesterol levels are also known to be lowered by oatmeal’s soluble fiber. This occurs due to an increase in the production of bile acid and excretion. Serum cholesterol binds to bile, and is also excreted.