First thing in the morning, there are lots of people that claim they just can’t eat breakfast. I used to be this way, then I saw the advantages of breaking your fast. Also, for weight loss there is nothing better than a nice healthy breakfast. I used to be 215lbs, 37 inch waist. Now I’m 164lbs, 31 inch waist, and of course I exercised! But the real secret is what you eat, and when you eat it. Eat big early and you’ll be running on high octane all day.
1) After a night’s rest, you’ve gone between 6 and 9 hours without a single thing to eat. Had you been awake for those hours, do you think you’d be hungry? Of course you would! Your metabolic rate is greatly decreased during sleep, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to feed yourself come wake up time.
When your body goes long periods of time without food, it turns on it’s survival mechanism: “starvation mode.” This is when your body stops burning the food you ate earlier, and starts converting those carbs into fat for longer term storage. So if you’re looking to pack on a little insulation for winter, skipping meals is a fantastic way to keep warm, because you’ll be padding your midsection in no time.
2) The next step after starvation mode is that your body will begin to consume what many of us try so hard to develop: muscle tissue. How can this be true? Because human bodies weren’t specifically designed to be beautiful machines like we tend to see them today, but rather as survival driven organisms. In time when food is short, begins to consume the chemical food stored in muscle tissue.
So when you starve yourself, or skip meals, or even just eat infrequently, your body will be more prone to dipping into those reserves and hampering your results. Why would you want to work against your muscle growth? Every pound of muscle burns 50 calories a day, just at rest! Don’t let your body go into starvation mode!
3) Skipping meals also has a further negative effect on your eating habits. When your body doesn’t have a nutrient rich diet to fuel it, you risk having your blood-sugar levels drop lower and lower, and you become “hypoglycemic.” Which literally means “low sugar.” So what does your body do to compensate? It looks for the nearest high sugar food product to get your back up to where you need to be.
And this tends to be a candy bar, or a cola, or some other piece of manufactured caloric evil. This dive and spike in your blood sugar levels is extremely harmful to your system, as it struggles to find a balance and finds itself working overtime to do so.
4) Eating a nice healthy breakfast will actually make you want to eat less throughout the course of the day, because it was fed so well in the very beginning. There is truth behind the old axiom, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” And it is. No other nutritional factor has as much effect on your body as a great breakfast.
On a side note, here are some easy ways to make breakfast a routine part of your day.
Get up a little earlier, take a shower and let your body and mind warm up. Usually by the time you’ve woken up, showered, shaved (men), and gone through your morning routine you’ll be getting pretty hungry. Avoid coffee and caffeine in the morning as they will only make you crash later in the morning. But if you’re one of the many that MUST have it, drink your coffee after your breakfast, as caffeine takes away your appetite, and makes you more prone to going into starvation mode.
For those of you that just claim you can’t bear to eat in the morning, start small. My breakfast is huge, but that’s because my body expects it. For you, start with something small and work your way up. A small bowl of cereal and a banana. Some yogurt and granola. A single egg and an orange. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you start to become hungry in the morning, and then you’ll be on the right track to feed yourself well, and feel good to go all day!
My own breakfast:
2 eggs (sometimes 3 if I’m extra hungry) and cheddar cheese made into an omelet.
2 pieces of toast, wholegrain, with homemade jam or jelly. Or oatmeal, from scratch (not the packaged stuff) with raisins, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Also, a little secret food I came across: hemp hearts. Mix a couple spoonfuls of hemp hearts into oatmeal or any other food like it, and you’ll be stunned by the energy you have! Talk about a wonder food!
1 tall glass of fresh squeezed orange juice.
So, eat up, and good morning!