“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”.
We hear this constantly and yet this still does not stop many people from skipping breakfast or opting for only a drink of coffee. The truth is that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, and it’s proven that if you have breakfast you are less likely to become overweight and there are many reasons for this. Breakfast to some is seen as something that sometimes we just don’t have time for in our hectic lives.
Breakfast is rightly named – break-fast. When you sleep, you are not eating for 6 to 9 hours at least, and more if you haven’t eaten since dinner the night before. Therefore, breakfast is the first time you’ll be eating anything for a very long period of time. Some nutrients, like proteins, cannot be stored in the body and are therefore not present, so the body needs you to replenish the “low” levels of such nutrients. Breakfast is like the match that lights the fire. It truly is a very important source of energy for your body in the morning and if nothing is coming in then the body is not burning fat but storing it.
Remember that your body wants a good source of nutrition first thing in the morning, the media and cereal company’s will tell us that our body needs some sort of sugar fuelled cereal for breakfast. Also the type of food you have for breakfast is what your body will crave for the rest of the day, so if you have sugar first thing in the morning you will crave sugar for the remainder of the day. On the flip side you eat a healthy protein breakfast, it also makes you choose healthier foods during the rest of the day, so that you continue to get the proper nutrients needed for your body.
A study published in the October 2010 issue of European Journal of Clinical Nutrition which involved 4326 secondary school children concluded that those who did not eat breakfast had higher chances of obesity and this was worse for girls who were twice as likely to be obese than those who ate breakfast.
Normally when we ask clients what foods they are consuming for breakfast the responses are usually cereal, toast, yogurts or oats. While it is positive that your consuming breakfast these are poor choices for optimum health and body composition, we suggest you seriously consider switching to a protein breakfast.
A protein breakfast will not only make you leaner it will improve your mood, energy, concentration through the day and help to detoxify your body.
So in our hectic lifestyles how do you go about getting a protein breakfast? A lot of our clients tell is that they don’t have time or simply don’t have an appetite upon waking. Follow these simple tips to achieve the beach body and optimum health your seeking.
- Meat and nuts is by far the best breakfast you can consume however due to low zinc and stomach acid levels your may not yet have the appetite for this.
- If this is the case your second choice would be a protein drink with a couple of handfuls of nuts or something that contains good fats such as an avocado or berries, a spoonful of coconut oil and to help lower the insulin response a 5-15grams of fish oil. If time is an issue this is a very quick way to consume a good amount of protein to start your day.
- Eggs can be a quick easy option for breakfast in the form of an omelette coupled with a handful of berries this will also give you a good balance first thing in the morning.
We would always recommend solid foods before liquid nutrition but make the best of your situation and make it as manageable as possible to start with. With the second option always look to consume some protein based food within 1-2 hours to help keep your blood sugar constant. If you can get your breakfast right you will feel the positive effects throughout the day and will see the results in the mirror, just try it for a 5-7 day period.