Build the Perfect Healthy Cereal Bowl for Weight Loss

Cereals can help or hinder your weight loss, depending on the brand you choose, the toppings you add, the size of your bowl, and more. Use this neat chart from the 'Stop & Drop Diet' to create a perfectly portioned cereal bowl.

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My biggest rule with breakfast: stop eating carb-only meals (jumbo bagels, I’m talking to you). They might give me a quick rush, but they’re missing the protein I need for energy in the morning. I also make sure to fit in calcium. (Experts recommend we get at 1,000 mg of calcium in our diet every day).

Cereal is a quick way to get key breakfast nutrients in one simple bowl: fiber from grains and fruit and calcium and some protein from milk. But: It’s easy to over-pour, which can triple your calorie intake and set you up for a mid-morning blood-sugar crash. If you’re a cereal lover, use this chart (and measuring cups!) to see what a true healthy cereal portion looks like. If it’s a lot smaller than you’re used to, don’t worry. The fiber from the fruit is more satisfying than it looks.

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For an even more filling breakfast, add a tablespoon of your favorite chopped nuts, such as walnuts or almonds.

stop and drop bookReader’s Digest’s Editor in Chief Liz Vaccariello calls her latest book, Stop & Drop Diet, her easiest plan ever. The book and online course teach you how to stop eating unhealthy versions of the foods you love so you can drop up to five pounds in the first five days—and keep losing. You’ll get a mix-and-match 21-day meal plan designed for weight loss and balanced nutrition, plus hundreds of easy weight loss tips and tricks via videos, quizzes, slideshows, and other interactive tools. Learn more and buy the book and course here.

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Liz Vaccariello
Liz Vaccariello is the Editor-in-Chief of Parents magazine, the 2.2 million rate-base title. In addition, she is currently the Group Editorial Director for Parents Latina and Meredith's lifestyle titles including Shape, Real Simple, InStyle, Martha Stewart Living, and Health. Vaccariello has led many of the media industry's most recognizable brands, developing content across print, digital and social channels. Prior to joining Meredith, Vaccariello held numerous executive editorial roles including serving as the Chief Content Officer for Reader's Digest. She has also served as Editor-in-Chief of Rachael Ray Every Day; Editor-in-Chief of Prevention; Executive Editor of Fitness; and Editor-in-Chief of Cleveland Magazine. Vaccariello regularly appears on national broadcast media including The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, and Dr. Oz. She is the author of nine best-selling books, including the #1 New York Times bestselling Flat Belly Diet! She has received numerous awards and honors over her distinguished career and is a frequent speaker at major summits presented by the MPA, Folio, MIN, and Digiday among others. Vaccariello, who is the parent of twin daughters, earned a BA in Communications with Distinction from the University of Michigan and lives in New Jersey with her family.