Do you tend to skip breakfast in the morning? Did you know this could be your biggest mistake in your journey to health and weight loss?
Believe it or not, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
When we sleep at night our body goes into a fasting state. When we wake up, one of the first things our body needs is for us to break this fast and fuel our bodies for the day to come.
Breakfast is pretty much what determines our energy level for the whole day.
If you don’t have a solid breakfast it will lead to some poor food choices and eating habits.
If you skip breakfast it will actually lead to binge eating (especially at night after dinner) and will also lead to many cravings. This is because if we don’t provide our bodies with the nutrients it needs to start off the day, it will spend the rest of the day trying to catch up. When we haven’t fulfilled our dietary needs our bodies will think we are starving and will make up for it by binge eating and craving foods that aren’t necessarily good for us.
The good news is that most of the calories we eat in the beginning of the day will normally be burned off. Our metabolism is best in the first half of the day and the energy will be used to get us through the day.
If we have a good breakfast, a big lunch, and a small dinner, we will be able to stop eating around 8pm so that our body can go into its fasting state (since metabolism isn’t very good at this time) and will be ready for us to eat breakfast as soon as we wake.
So what should you eat for breakfast?
It is important to have a balanced breakfast and one that is easy to make (for us people who don’t like spending a lot of time cooking in the morning).
The best thing you can make yourself is steel cut oatmeal. It is a whole grain so it has a lot of fiber and protein, too. It will digest slowly so it will keep you from being hungry 2 hours later. The best part of all is that it is totally customizable and is easy to make. All you have to do is add water or milk and cook it for 2 minutes in the microwave (or it can be made on the stove—just takes a little longer). Then you can add any of your favorite fruits, nuts, seeds, etc.
So DON’T SKIP BREAKFAST!
Try eating some steel cut oats when you wake up in the morning. It’s fast and easy and will start your day off with a good energy and will save you from binge eating later in the day, which will ultimately help you lose weight!