By now we are pretty clued up on the fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But if you are looking to lose weight, could a cereal diet be the answer?

In an ideal world, we would love to start each day with toast topped with avocado and an oozing poached egg or a warm bowl of porridge sprinkled with berries and fruit. They are both satisfying, healthy options.

Sadly, most of us don’t have the time or the money to make this happen and we are left with cereal. The cereal diet involves eating a bowl of cereal for breakfast and then for lunch or dinner. The one ‘normal’ meal of the day has to be pretty good too. It will ideally be full of protein and vegetables and low on carbohydrates, sugar and salt.

Although not one of the most glamorous meal options, a bowl of cereal can be a practical and cheap. Despite often being considered as a ‘health food’, not all cereals are great for staying slim. One of the perks of the cereal diet is that you don’t necessarily have to fuss about calorie counting but portion size is still important. And realistically, most of the weight loss results are down to the restricted calorie consumption.

If you are looking to embark on the cereal diet we’ve rounded up a list of common cereals that come in at under 250 calories per serving. This is based on you eating the cereal with a 200 ml serving of semi-skimmed milk. You will be surprised with how many cereals come in at under 250 calories!

So, have a look below to see our favourite cereals under 250 calories…