We have all heard the adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, well that’s because it is!
Skipping breakfast is a 100% guarantee that you are not starting your day off in the best way possible. I have heard every excuse in the book about why someone didn’t eat breakfast like “I’m not hungry” or “I don’t have time” and my answer is always to eat. Eat even if you’re not hungry and get up the whole five extra minutes early to make yourself breakfast. Parents do not send their kids to school without breakfast (if they can help it), so why as adults do we feel like its ok for us to skip breakfast?
The average person goes to sleep between 7 and 10 pm and wakes up between 6 and 8am and that whole time you are asleep your body is in a fasted state. When you wake up you need to get your metabolism revved up and that is done by eating breakfast.
Eating breakfast sends a message to your body that tells it two things:
- It’s time to wake up and start working
- It’s okay to work because “look, here’s food!”
Your body needs to know there is going to be food in order for it to start burning those calories instead of saving them and storing them as fat. When you don’t feed your body, it goes into survival mode and holds on to many of the calories you consume, so it can “guarantee” you make it to your next meal. If you feed your body regularly and with the right kinds of foods, it will burn those calories because you have taught it that will get more wholesome food soon. Studies show that people who regularly eat breakfast tend to weigh less than people who routinely skip breakfast. This is not just because it gets your metabolism up and running; breakfast also helps you fight cravings during the day and can help you make healthier choices for your meals throughout the rest of the day. People who eat breakfast also tend to be more focused during the day; it’s hard to put your best foot forward when all you can think of is food.
If you are thinking, “Tomorrow I’m going to Denny’s and I’m going to make sure I eat breakfast!” Not so fast. Yes, it is important to eat breakfast, but it is also important to eat the right kind of foods at breakfast. Oatmeal is a great breakfast food; it helps lower your cholesterol and can lower your risk for type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. It’s also a great source of fiber which will help you stay full longer, which in turn will help you consume fewer calories. Eggs are another great food for breakfast, they are high in protein, which will help you feel full (just like oatmeal) plus they have a high thermic effect, which means it takes your body more calories to digest them. You can find other great foods in V3 Performances blog.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it always has been and it always will be. Wake up 5 minutes early and make a healthy breakfast and set your day up for success. When the only thing to remember is to eat, breakfast is an easy way to really change the way your body performs and can lead to a leaner, healthier you.