Many people believe by skipping breakfast, they are consuming less and should see the weight loss benefits. In reality, this has a negative effect on the body and especially with weight loss. You should not attempt to save your calories for later! This sets your body up to hold on to your fat stores and slows down your metabolism.
There are many reasons why skipping that first meal is not a good idea. Frequently missing breakfast is associated with an increased risk of being overweight and obese, as well as vitamin and mineral deficiencies. When you don’t eat breakfast, you’re more likely to consume more calories at lunch and the rest of the day. You’re also more likely to make poor choices when you do eat. Eating a healthy breakfast helps jumpstart your metabolism. Your body is able to burn calories easier when it’s fueled properly. Other health benefits include improvement in mood and brain function and reduction in the risks for high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.
What you eat for breakfast matters as well. The typical American breakfast is high in carbs and very low in protein. Eating a high carb breakfast can contribute to hunger later in the day. Getting enough protein through the day, including breakfast, helps maintain muscle, keeps you feeling full longer and helps curb food cravings.
Eating within the first two hours of waking is the best way to get your metabolism working for you. If you are not use to eating breakfast in the morning, start with something small, but have some protein. Greek yogurt, cottage cheese or a protein shake can be a great start to your day. We carry high quality protein powder in the office. Ask for a sample on your next visit!