Chocos are often marketed as healthy food, being advertised as a nourishing and solid breakfast for kids.
But when it comes to weight loss, chocos are not your friend.
In fact, eating chocos for breakfast can actually lead to weight gain or put you at risk for developing obesity or diabetes in the future.
From being high in sugar to being made from maida and packed with colour and flavours, there are many reasons that make chocos bad for weight loss.
In this post, I have compiled a list of 5 reasons chocos are not good for weight loss.
So let’s start.
5 Reasons chocos are not good for weight loss
1. It is made from maida
Most chocos brands in the market(including Kellogg’s) use maida as primary or one of the main ingredients.
And we have been told for decades that maida is not good for health or weight loss.
Eating maida-based foods slows down your metabolism rate, i.e., the rate at which your body burns fat, and increases the risk of weight gain.
Additionally, maida is a bleached flour with meager nutritional value. It does not fill you up the same way as whole wheat flour or unbleached flour, which increases the chances of you feeling hungry again throughout the day and overeating – leading to weight gain.
2. It is high in sugar
One of the most important things that make chocos unideal for weight loss is the high amount of sugar.
This added sugar can be in any form, such as corn syrup, dextrose, glucose syrup, or artificial sweeteners.
On average most chocos brand in the market comes with 9g of sugar per 30g serving, which is about two teaspoons.
Although this may not appear to be a large amount of sugar at first glance, it is important to remember that sugar is not only consumed through chocos. Many other food items consumed throughout the day can increase an individual’s overall sugar intake beyond the recommended daily limit.
For instance, according to the American Heart Association, kids should not consume more than 25g of sugar daily. But when they include chocos in their breakfast, they already consume 36% of the daily sugar limit.
Consuming too much sugar increases the risk of weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, and early death.
3. It lacks fiber
Fiber is one of the essential nutrients for overall health but is especially important for weight loss.
Eating high-fiber foods helps you in many ways for your weight loss goals, such as:
- It helps to keep you feeling full after eating, so you are less likely to overeat
- It keeps your gut healthy and promotes fat loss by reducing your appetite.
- It helps your blood sugar levels stay stable and avoid sugar cravings, making it easier to stick to your weight loss goals.
Unfortunately, when you eat chocos, you don’t benefit from any of these weight loss effects because most chocos contain very little fiber: usually less than 10% of the daily recommended amount.
4. It has added flavours
Most packaged foods these days come with added flavours (Natural and artificial) that are not good for weight loss.
These flavours may improve the taste and appearance of food, but they offer no nutritional value. Moreover, there is limited research on how flavours impact health, and most companies do not disclose which flavours they use in their products.
These flavours may contribute to weight gain by altering the gut microbiome, slowing your metabolism.
You should better avoid food containing any type of flavours, especially artificial.
5. It is highly processed
People’s schedules have become increasingly busy, so they often turn to ready-to-eat foods.
While these types of foods can be convenient, they are often highly processed and lack the nutrients needed for good health.
Chocos are a highly processed food making it low in nutrition and high in calories.
A single 30g serving of chocos can contain upto 120 calories, and with 200ml of milk, these calories can go up to 270.
Adding chocos to milk not only adds extra calories but also makes it unhealthy by adding sugar, maida, and other additives that milk doesn’t contain naturally.
As per the National Health of Institute, people who eat processed foods are more likely to overeat and gain weight. They are also more prone to health problems.
How can you eat chocos and still not gain weight?
If you’re already eating chocos and want to continue without affecting weight loss, there are a few things you can do to make sure you don’t gain weight, such as:
- Go for whole grain-based chocos.
- Look for no added sugar options (if there are natural sweeteners, that’s ok).
- Look for chocos free from added colour, preservatives, and flavours.
- Get involved in daily physical activity.
While eating chocos for breakfast may be a delicious way to start your day, they are processed, made from maida, and loaded with sugar and other additives that make them bad for weight loss.
Also, these chocos may be fortified with many vitamins and minerals, but there are indeed better and healthy options available to get all these nutrients without putting your health and weight at risk.