What's The Deal With Breakfast?
You often hear people say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but what are the reasons behind that statement? Many people skip breakfast or substitute coffee simply because they don't have time to eat properly due to the morning get-to-work rush. So it is important to get a real understanding how skipping breakfast can affect your health but also your weight.
What do you mean? How could skipping breakfast affect my weight? I'm eating less food so I suppose it will help me to lose weight, right? Not exactly!
Skipping an important meal like breakfast, let alone any meal, will actually slow the metabolism. When the body does not receive sufficient food it goes into starvation mode, slowing down the metabolism and thereby lowering energy levels. The best way to maintain a healthy weight is to keep the food supply going at a steady rate. Don't eat a massive breakfast but have a meal that will give you enough energy to get through a large part of the morning. You may need to have a snack a bit later in the morning to keep your metabolism operating at a steady level until lunchtime. This is the intelligent way to monitor your food intake.
If you don't keep a steady metabolism then by the time lunch comes around you are starving and tend to overeat. When you have too much food at one sitting the body cannot utilise it all and it will convert the excess food to fat and store it on your hips, stomach, legs or other area where you may or may not want fat. The key point here is that smaller meals eaten more frequently are a good weight management tactic. It keeps your hunger under control and keeps your metabolism functioning at an optimum level.
You may think that sleeping is a lazy activity but your body is working carrying out repairs to muscles and nerves and also working on detoxification and expelling wastes from cells. For this reason you need to eat to replenish the energy that has been utilised during the night.
You can also lose a lot of water during the night so it is important to replenish those fluids with water (not coffee). Have a large glass of water as soon as you get up. Don't have it with your meal as this will dilute your stomach acid - but you can have a small amount of water or freshly squeezed juice with your meal as well. Remember, the body is largely made up of water and it needs at least 2 litres a day to function properly.
Having breakfast is a start but what do you have for breakfast. You can forget about 90% of the breakfast cereals available. These are highly processed foods and full of sugar and refined carbohydrates that converts quickly to sugar in the bloodstream. These kinds of foods will put on weight and also give a quick energy fix and then the energy levels will crash. Breakfast should contain complex carbohydrates, protein and unsaturated fats. These will maintain a steady release of energy over the morning.