Have you ever skipped breakfast in hopes of making up for all those extra calories you ate the night before? Did it work? Chances are you already know it doesn’t. But why doesn’t it? Here are some basic physiology principals that will help you understand.
1. Eating too much at one time doesn’t fuel you longer. A meal, big or small, can’t fuel you directly for more than 3-5 hours. The body can’t keep those calories floating around in the blood stream until the body needs them (or you’d have diabetes). Those extra calories have to go into storage. And, guess where that is? Your fat cells!
2. The body runs on a mix of 50% fat and 50% carbohydrates (in the form of glucose). Some parts of the body burn fat and others (like the brain and the red blood cells) must have glucose. So, the next morning, when you need more fuel…sure, some of those fat stores will be burned. But fat can’t be changed into glucose.
3. We have limited glucose stores. In fact, our liver contains only enough to get us through the evening. So, to meet our glucose needs, the body breaks down muscle protein and turns it into glucose (muscle glycogen can’t leave the muscles). Remember those muscles you built by working out at the gym…well, bye bye!
So, eat breakfast every day. Another benefit of breakfast is that it helps to keep your appetite in control so you DON’T overeat in the evening!