Is breakfast the most important meal of the day. That’s what many experts say. Is it?
Yes I believe so, and for so many reasons
- Breakfast improves performance and mood
- eating breakfast is also linked to a reduced risk of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes
- breakfast eaters tend to be leaner
What’s Your Excuse?
If you are NOT currently eating breakfast every day, why not?
No time? Most of the time I just pop a whole grain English muffin into the toaster oven just before jumping into the shower, by the time I get out, it’s done. Just smear some peanut butter and grab a banana in you’re good to go.
Hate breakfast foods? Who says you can’t have leftovers from last night’s dinner? Eat what you like.
Not hungry? Consider this: have you ever been so hungry but just can’t get any food? Perhaps when you were stuck in a meeting? Did you notice that, over time, your hunger actually goes way? That’s because the body starts cannibalizing it’s body stores to fuel the body. Now wouldn’t that be nice if you burning 100% body fat? Unfortunately, your brain requires glucose, a carbohydrate. And, by the time you wake up, your glucose stores (called liver glycogen) are pretty much gone. So, when you skip breakfast your body starts breaking down lean muscle mass to turn it into glucose. The longer you go without eating, more muscle mass you burn.
Does eating breakfast make you hungry an hour or two later? Realize that hunger is not a bad thing. That just means your body has run out of fuel. I’m guessing your breakfast was a high carb meal. Try adding more protein (eggs, dairy, beans) for more satiety. And, don’t forget to eat adequate calories. Your body requires about the same amount of calories at each of your three meals. Too often people eat a tiny breakfast and then wonder why they’re hungry a couple of hours later. Research supports that those people who eat more early in the day tend to be leaner than those who eat the majority of their calories later in the day.