You have heard it time and time again. The importance of eating a well-balanced breakfast. Well, believe it or not if you are struggling to lose weight, lack energy and motivation, experience headaches or irritability it may be due to what you are neglecting to eat for breakfast.
When you rest at night your body’s metabolism slows down in order to preserve enough energy to feed your brain and resting body for at least 6-8 hours. Upon rising your body is starved for nutrients, it has used all of it’s resources while you were at rest.
Now if you completely neglect putting anything in your body at all for breakfast here’s what happens:
1) Your metabolism decreases even more because your body is trying to continue to conserve energy (meaning less calories being burned)
2) You start to experience headaches because the carbohydrates that feed the neurological functions of the brain aren’t present, causing this headache; in addition, without carbohydrates, the body’s fuel source, your energy plummets.
3) By the time lunchtime rolls around you are gonna be so hungry, that you will consume far more calories from over eating, and the worst part your resting metabolism is so low that your body isn’t going to burn that mass amount of calories effectively.
Let’s say you are eating breakfast: a banana, toast, bagel, oatmeal, cereal. What do these all have in common? They are all solely carbohydrates. So what’s the big deal? In order to stay satisfied until lunch time and have sustained physical and mental energy you need to consume protein as well. In fact the most optimal ratio is 1:1 for protein and carbohydrates. Otherwise, you are going to get hungry quicker, your energy will be short lived (carbs rely on protein to provide sustained energy) and you are going to struggle with losing weight and consuming the right nutrients and calories your body needs in order to function correctly.
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