If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then choosing the right cereal is one of the most important decisions you'll make all day. Many breakfast cereals are marketed to children and loaded with sugary flakes, chocolate-covered oats or marshmallow bits. If you're looking to lose weight, a dessert-like cereal is the last thing you want. Instead, look for cereals made with whole grains, very little sugar and fiber to fill you up. Low-calorie cereals will help you create the caloric deficit necessary for weight loss, but be sure to check the serving size carefully.
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According to Ask Men, Total by General Mills is one of the healthiest cereals available. Total may be an effective part of your diet, as it contains just 97 calories per serving, with 1 g of fat and 5 g of sugar. Ask Men notes that Total is also made from whole grains and is low in cholesterol. Total also provides fiber and other nutrients, including vitamins B6, B12, C and E, and minerals such as calcium, iron, folate and zinc.
Fiber One Original Bran Cereal
According to diet expert Lisa Lillien, the top cereal choice for dieters is Fiber One Original Bran. As the name suggests, this cereal contains plenty of fiber, with 14 g per serving. Because fiber can help you feel full, Fiber One is a logical choice for dieters. Lillien notes that there are only 60 calories per serving of Fiber One, but the serving size is only a half-cup. Many other cereals have serving sizes of one cup. Fiber One Original Bran Cereal contains 1 g of fat per serving and is sugar-free.
Kashi Mighty Bites
According to I Ate a Pie, Kashi's Mighty Bites is among the best low-calorie cereals in terms of nutrition and taste. One cup of Kashi Mighty Bites contains 120 calories, with 5 g of sugar and 3 g of fiber. The cereal also contains 1.5 g of fat and 5 g of protein per serving. Kashi Mighty Bites also has a variety of vitamins and minerals.
Post Shredded Wheat
According to Dr. Diana Mirkin, Post's Shredded Wheat is a good choice for dieters not just because of what it contains, but also for what it doesn't. If you're trying to lose weight, Mirkin suggests avoiding cereals with dried fruit, refined grains and partially hydrogenated oils. Shredded Wheat contains none of those ingredients, and is also made with whole grains. Shredded Wheat contains 160 calories per serving, with 6 g of fiber and 5 g of protein. The cereal has no sugar and 1 g of fat per serving.
According to Ask Men, Cheerios is another healthy cereal. This is because Cheerios contains 111 calories per serving, with only 2 g of sugar and 4 g of fiber. Ask Men notes that Cheerios contains slightly more sodium than other cereals, but says that it has vitamins and minerals and only 2 g of fat per serving.