Thursday, August 8, 2013
How Important is Breakfast?
I get the, "How important is breakfast?" question a lot so I thought I would do a blog post on how important it really is. Many people think that they can skip breakfast in order to lose weight. After all, skipping a meal counts as cutting calories, right? This is not true. When you don't eat breakfast your body is dormant from sleeping and your metabolism is slow. Here are some benefits for weight loss for eating breakfast.
1. Higher Metabolism
When you wake up in the morning your body immediately thinks that it needs something to eat. For most of us our body may feel fine without a breakfast. If you force yourself to eat a little bit of a breakfast (for those that don't feel like eating), and eat a breakfast (for those that do) it will raise your metabolism for the rest of the day. What is metabolism? Metabolism is how quickly your body consumes your food that you eat. If your body consumes it slow, then you will gain more weight from that food. When you consume it quicker, then your body uses it quicker, and in turn allows your body to use it for fuel, not for storing as fat.
2. Feed the Machine
Our bodies need to be fed before we workout. If you are someone that likes to workout in the morning it is important and vital that you feed your body. If a machine doesn't have any fuel then it will not run, simple as that. If your body doesn't have fuel, then it too will not run. Think of your body as a machine. Feed the machine and it will run properly throughout the day and through your workout.
3. Protein Shake? For Breakfast?
Yep! You heard it right! Drinking a protein shake for breakfast can give you an extra boost in energy, vitamins, and muscle repair (for bodybuilders and weight lifters). Protein shakes have Omega-3's in them that have a lot of good benefits for your body. You have to feed the machine, feed the muscle, that burns the fat. I would suggest that you drink a protein shake for breakfast 30-60 minutes before your workout.
As you can see, breakfast is very important. It is essential for weight loss in that it raises your metabolism for increased fat burn throughout your day, it feeds your body, and allows you to operate properly in your day. Get something to eat for breakfast everyday and you will be on your way to weight loss success. Success starts in the morning!