Break…fast / Lose fat
by Dave Parise C.P.T.
We have been told time and time again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet nearly one-fifth of all adults choose to pass on the oatmeal, and go for the coffee. What is the big deal about breakfast? Can a solid breakfast really make or break your fitness goals? Read on as I answer your most pressing questions on this popular subject…
Why eat Breakfast?
When breakfast is skipped, your body continues to fast until you eat later in the day.
This is a problem for two reasons.
Problem #1: Your brain needs fuel to function at its peak. This fuel comes in the form of glucose derived from food and is needed to walk, talk and perform all other activities. When you skip breakfast your brain is forced to work extra hard in breaking down stored carbohydrates or to turn fats and proteins into usable forms of glucose. Eating breakfast has been proven to improve concentration, increase your problem solving capabilities, enhance overall mental performance and even boosts your memory and mood.
Problem #2: Your metabolism will go into ‘famine’ mode. Three to four hours after you eat, your metabolism shuts down and acts as if it needs to store food. This is a great function to have if a famine were to break out, leaving you without food for days. Since this is likely not the case for you, it is pretty annoying when your body starts packing on the pounds in an attempt to protect you from starvation! Eating breakfast communicates with your body the fact that you are healthy, well fed and not in need of extra fat storage.
What about the cut calories?
Start your day with breakfast and then continue to eat smaller meals and snacks throughout the day for optimal calorie burning.
Related Page: Low Fat Recipes
What’s for Breakfast?
Try the following On-The-Go Breakfast Selections for a blend of hearty carbohydrates, protein and fat and experience optimal morning energy.
· Low Fat Yogurt with Fresh Fruit
· Instant organic oatmeal, just add water
· Hard Boiled Egg and Whole Wheat Toast
· Scrambled Egg Whites on toasted rye
· Whole Wheat Tortilla rolled with Scrambled Egg Beaters and Salsa
· Soy Milk with Whole Grain Cereal and Fresh Fruit
As a fitness professional my goal is just to have you eat breakfast. If you just start with this, we will make a difference in your journey to a better life!
Dave Parise C.P.T.