Why is Breakfast Important
How many times have you heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Probably countless time. Well, it’s true what you have heard; breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and sadly, it continues to be the most skipped meal of the day. Believe it or not skipping breakfast can actually slow down the progress on your weight loss journey.
While we sleep our bodies will use the nutrients available to it to rebuild and heal our bodies throughout the night. Because our bodies use up the nutrients in our body during the nigh, we wake up in the morning with an empty tank.
What we mean by an empty tank is that that there is nothing left to fuel the brain and get our bodies movin and groovin. In it’s search for nutrients, one of the first places our bodies will turn to, when the tank is empty, is to our muscles. In other words, our bodies begin to eat itself
When our bodies are forced to use muscles (protein) for energy our muscle mass decreases and our metabolism slows down. By eating breakfast it makes sure that you are keeping your metabolism burning high and hot and keeping you weight loss running at full speed.
Some people will turn to caffeinated beverages to start off their day. While this may give you a boost and make you feel energized, it does nothing to keep your body from stealing nutrients from your muscles. You can’t rely on caffeine alone when you wake up, you need to make sure that you are are getting healthy food into your body every single morning.
It’s important that your breakfast is balanced with a combination of carbohydrates, proteins and good fats and fiber. Quaker Oats are probably the healthiest source of good breakfast carbohydrates. Plain old Cheerios are also an excellent source of carbohydrates in the morning. Other cereals are usually overly processed and packed with sugars and have little nutritional value.
Instead of drinking processed, sweetened fruit juice, try just eating the fruit itself. This will give you an unprocessed source of all those healthy vitamins, antioxidants and fiber. Good sources of protein in the mornings might include egg whites or low fat milk or your favorite protein shake mixed with berries.
It can be hard to find the time in the morning to prepare and eat breakfast, but if you are trying to lose weight and stay fit, it is crucial that you squeeze it into your schedule. Keep your breakfast natural and healthy and you will be setting yourself up for weight loss success rather than weight loss failure.