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Oatmeal vs. eggs for breakfast

Which is a better breakfast if I'm trying to lose weight? A bowl of oatmeal or scrambled egg whites with vegetables? I want to feel full and have enough to hold me through the morning, but I was thinking that the carbs in the oatmeal might be keeping me from losing weight if I eat it everyday. Any thoughts?

Tue. Apr 8, 8:41pm

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I'd say it depends on how insulin resistant you are, and if you're eating quick oats or steel cut.

Really, I'd eat both. I think it's better to eat a big breakfast and smaller dinner than the standard small breakfast, large dinner.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008, 8:44 PM

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I agree with the first poster, eat both or switch it up daily so you get different nutrients to your body daily. If you are doing oatmeal add some fruit, so one day you get fruit, and then you get veggies with your eggs.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008, 9:08 PM

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It's great to have one or two go-to meals and since those are both good (assuming the oatmeal is not the processed kind - of course I got to my goal weight back in the day eating a cookie flavored line of oatmeal everyday!! But we know better now ;) - you really can't go wrong.

BTW - Does anyone remember that oatmeal? It was Quaker and it came out around 13 years ago. There were 4 or 5 different kinds in the box - oatmeal raisin cookie, S'mores, chocolate chip cookie, etc. Loved it. Sometimes I miss the days when I only cared about calories and not whether anything was actually nutritious! haha

Tuesday, April 08, 2008, 10:16 PM

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10:16 - lol, I think we all miss those days!!!

I love my oatmeal in the morning! I never use quick oats, just the old fashioned kind. I usually add 1/2 a banana or 1/2 an apple - diced and cooked with the oatmeal. Delish!! Then I sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg. Sometimes if I feel need a little treat I sprinkle it with cocoa, yum. I also like green smoothies in the morning to keep me filled up. I toss 1-2 handfulls of spinach - stay with me on this one ;-) - in a blender with a small banana and 1-2 cups of water. I sip on it for about an hour or so. The fiber from the greens is filling and the action of continually sipping keeps me from wandering to the kitchen for a snack.

Hope this helps!!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008, 10:28 PM

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PT is going to get sick of me but I do 1/4 c. oatmeal with 1/8th cup dried fruit, cinnamon and cayenne ever morning for 1.5 years and have lost 40 lbs
I need it to fuel my intense morning workout w/o getting nauseus.
but I eat every 2 hours and get lots of protein throughout the day (esp after workouts). I don't buy the bigger breakfast approach. I say just a little to give you a boost and get the metabolism rolling w/o stretching your stomach and making you hungrier later.

Works for me.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008, 10:39 PM

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10:28! Now that is dedication to the cause. I think I may have found my match.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008, 11:41 PM

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I eat 1/2 c steel cut oats with 11 almonds and 1 TBSP cinnamon
And 5 egg whites with spinach,onions, peppers and 1/4oz salmon
This is of course in a 3 hour span. Egg whites are the best breakfast, with the higher protien. If you needed to chose one for weight loss reasons, go with the egg whites. Maybe have a slice of Eziekel toast, dry, for the carb up with eggs.

Remember - protien in every meal!!! and eat 5 times a day.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 9:24 AM

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toss 'em together

rock on 11:41 !

That omlette does sound good OP - maybe you should do them both - no time for me for that every day though...

HEY - maybe I should make time for it - I used to do them together - toss a little bit of quick oats into the frying pan with the egg whites and green peppers and salt and pepper and voila' problem solved. Sounds weird but it was good - even my wife liked it and she is picky !

Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 10:17 AM

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I'd go with the oatmeal, or else put something else into the egg whites with veggies. It's lower calorie, but there isn't much to keep you full. You could add in a yolk or two, or some cheese, or something, to get some fats, or maybe even some avocado slices or something like that, for healthier fats. Turkey or veggie sausage maybe.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 12:03 PM

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8:12 - yes, the spinach is raw. Another delicious smoothie is 4-5 leaves of curly Kale (raw), 1 pear, 1 bunch of fresh mint. Super yummie!!!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 3:04 PM

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I like them both but I find that eggs keep me more full throughout the day.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008, 6:00 PM

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A friend of mine makes egg white omlettes with veggies and oatmeal, and despite the fact that I can't stand oatmeal, I must say it looks surprisingly tasty. The oatmeal adds a somewhat 'multgrain' texture to the omlette and the eggs disguise the unpalatable (to me) appearance of the oatmeal.

I eat a breakfast sandwhich comprised of 1 high fiber english muffin, 1 poached egg, 1 slice of canadian bacon and 1 slice of low fat cheese. It's yummy, low-cal and filling. It does however make it a challenge to get enough servings of veggies, so I have to watch my afternoon snacks 'n such to make sure I get enough.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008, 7:16 PM

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I try to do both. Or rather, I try to have two eggs (I don't believe in egg white only), 3 slices turkey bacon, slice of cheese, 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal, and a fruit smoothie for breakfast. Salad and soup at lunch, and an incredibly light dinner at night.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008, 11:00 PM

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Different things on different days?

Some days I have oatmeal w/ a small scoop of protein powder mixed in (and often flaxseed and cinnamon); other days I make an eggwhite omelet w/ greens and veggies. And then there are days when I come in hot from my run and blend up a smoothie with yogurt and fruit and protein powder....

Honestly, one way or another it should be a protein/carb mix, and it should fit into your calorie budget. The thing that matters is serving size; oatmeal is no longer constructive if you are eating a double serving!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008, 11:36 PM

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Oatmeal apparently doesn't work for me, triggering low blood sugar attacks. As strange as it is, I do better with waiting until I am hungry then eating a piece of fruit or two or mixing up a green smoothie. I ride my bike in the morning, and my energy is fine. I guess I would rather save my grain for rice or bread later anyway. Then of course there are always weekend yummies like Sunday whole grain and nut pancakes or potatoes o'brien with spinach...mmm...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008, 1:13 PM

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Both are my go-to meals, though I have oatmeal more often. I find it sticks to me for a lot longer than a bowl of regular cereal or toast.

I buy the 1kg bag of rolled oats from the bulk section at the store for about $3. Here's my recipe:
1/2 cup rolled oats in a bowl w/ 1 cup water
handful of dried cranberries
lots of cinnamon
microwave on high for 1:25, stir, then another 1:25
Sprinkle with pecan pieces and wheat germ, then pour in some vanilla soy milk.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008, 3:10 PM

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I think you should try out different things at first and decide what works best for you. It is always good to switch it up but I'm not one to talk I eat the same breakfast every morning about 5-6 days a week and never get tired of it. I have two bolied egg whites cut in halves with a very tiny teeny tiny amount of margarine and 1/2 a grapefruit every morning it is delicious, light and filling. Grapefruit has also been proven to increase your metabolism!!! Try some different things you figure out what works for you and what doesn't!!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008, 4:57 PM

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