Whatever happens – you need to eat breakfast if you want to lose weight…it’s almost become a truism at this point, the advice has been spilled, over and over again!!!
The truth of the matter is that eating breakfast can be a powerful cornerstone to your diet or it can ruin it, depending on the type of breakfast you decide to eat.
So why is it so important to eat breakfast when you want lose weight?
Let’s take a closer look…
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Waking That Metabolism!!
People don’t seem to realize that the body can quite easily slip into a mild fasting state. For example, if you miss a nighttime meal and then decide to skip breakfast the following day you are looking at about 16 to 18 hours without food.
At this point your body will decide to slip into one of these mild fasting states and instead of working at peak rates and burning off more calories – your body will instead be grasping onto every tiny bit of energy it can find.
When you ram down a decent breakfast (a healthy one of course!) your body will naturally will speed up your metabolism (and make it work a lot harder!).
Cutting out your breakfast when attempting to lose weight makes no sense whatsoever – you would be better off trying to cut your calorie count by skipping lunch or dinner!
A recent batch of studies showed us that 80% of people who had managed to successfully lose weight (and keep it from returning for a year) had decided to include a substantial healthy breakfast in their diet.
Put a Little Gas in the Tank!
We all know that kids who dive into a decent breakfast every morning tend to do a lot better at school (and also avoid that irritable state of mind!).
Well this is exactly the same for adults as well – if you don’t put gas in the the tank the car will have trouble trying to move!
Eating breakfast helps increase your energy which in turn allows you to burn off more calories throughout the day.
You are much more likely to go for a walk down the local shop if you are feeling energetic right?
What Breakfast and Why???
Okay, so you’re starting to get the picture here right – eating breakfast is a pretty good move if you are trying to lose weight!
But does that mean we can slam down a Big Mac and Fries every morning? (I’m hoping you already know the answer to this…).
The foods you eat at breakfast are very important for weight loss. The right kind can aid you in feeling full and energized throughout the morning whilst the wrong kind can have you reaching for the Mars bar.
A bad choice of breakfast can actually cause peaks in blood sugar which lead to over-eating, adding even more calories to you daily total.
So what are my favorite choices for breakfast?
What breakfast foods have I seen the most success with?
Okay, check out the following…
- Eggs (not fried – that’s just stupid!)
- Low fat yogurt (sometimes Soya yogurt)
- Ricotta cheese
- Lean meats (ham is a pretty cool fit)
- Fruit and whole grain toast or cereal
I use the above layout as a sort of mix-and-match pallet – they all seem to go reasonably well together. At the end of the day you are looking for a combination of lean protein and complex carbohydrates.
Remember that cereals full of sugar and white flour bread products may taste pretty good…but they will not keep you full for long.