Breakfast is the most important meal of your day, and if you’re trying to lose weight, you should make sure you eat a good one. You probably know that already. But do you still make sure to eat something in the morning? Of course you do. Here’s why.
When your body was young and healthy, your metabolism was high and you could eat large amounts of food and burn them up very quickly. Since your metabolism was high, your body used up more energy than it needed. That extra energy was all used up as fat, so you lost weight. As you age, your metabolism became lower and your body got fatter. Your fat accumulation slowed down, but you gained weight instead of dropping it.
So now what do you do? You eat less and you lose weight. Sounds simple, right? Well, not exactly. To burn off calories and make yourself lose weight, you have to eat breakfast.
You might be thinking that breakfast isn’t important because you have a hard time waking up in the morning. But that’s only one reason breakfast isn’t as important as you think it is. For one thing, many people eat their breakfast before they even leave the house. That means breakfast doesn’t even reach your stomach until you’ve already had something to eat.
And that leads to another reason, your breakfast isn’t as important as you think it is. Your body’s metabolism actually burns fat while you’re sleeping. That’s why it’s important to get off of the couch and start walking around. When you wake up your body releases catecholamines, the stress hormones that make you feel awake and energized. Walking helps you release those catecholamines, as well as the hunger-suppressant chemicals. You can use those two things to help you lose weight.
You should also try to eat breakfast only once or twice per day. This will keep your metabolism up so that you can burn off more calories at any given time. When your metabolism rate is high your body works twice as hard at burning calories. That means you can lose weight quickly by choosing to eat your breakfast between meals.
Remember too that if you want to lose weight, your diet has to match your exercise routine. If you skip breakfast, you’ll still have to work out. If you eat too much during the day, you can slow down your metabolism and actually put on weight without even exercising. The two have to work together for you to lose weight effectively.
So what are some good foods for breakfast? Easy ways to start eating healthy is to eat whole grains, such as whole-wheat bread. Look for whole-grain breads that have lots of healthy ingredients, such as whole grain cereals, whole wheat pastas, and whole-grain tortillas. Other foods that are good to eat are granola bars and other cereal bars. Your morning bagel is a very good breakfast food as well. These foods will make you feel full so that you won’t eat too much when you wake up in the morning.
If you’re going to snack during the day, try fruits or vegetables that don’t have many calories. Apples, carrots, celery sticks, and leafy green vegetables are all good choices. And don’t forget your protein-rich foods like eggs, chicken, fish, or lentils for your breakfast, as well as crackers or toast for a delicious meal in the morning.
After your morning workout or cardio session, add some protein-rich food, such as yogurt, cottage cheese, and milk. The great thing about these foods is that they come in many flavors, and you can eat them whenever you want. They are low calorie and filling, so you’ll be able to eat more throughout the day without gaining weight. Skipping your morning meal will give your body less energy to burn, and that can lead to being hungry all day. This will make it harder for you to lose weight.
It’s important to remember that you shouldn’t feel hungry when you add food to your diet. If you’re hungry, you won’t be able to make smart food choices and lose weight effectively. Make sure to eat several small meals throughout the day, instead of the traditional breakfast. You’ll feel better and end up having a more productive day!