How would you like to know the first place I get clients to start when they are looking to lose weight, get healthy & get back in shape? Well I am going to let you in on a little secret and it’s not as hard as you think! It’s BREAKFAST!!
If you are someone who is struggling to lose weight I totally understand that you may think that skipping breakfast is an easy way to cut down on your calories. But here’s the thing. Skipping breakfast does a lot more than just cut calories and may actually do more harm than good. So before you go giving up on your breakfast, try changing up your breakfast to work in your favor and kick start your metabolism into burning more fat!
And Here’s Why….
1. Studies show that skipping breakfast causes the brain to be more responsive to sugary and fatty foods- which leads people to overeat throughout the day and make poorer choices. This ends up resulting in more calories overall even though they skipped a meal.
2. Eating a healthy breakfast can help control cravings and prevent energy lows mid morning because it has a positive effect on your blood sugar concentration. This means you won’t feel as hungry (or hangry as I like to call it!) Your energy will be dripped out slowly as your body digests the protein, fat, and carbs. No cravings and energy lows means better food choices and sticking with your plan!
3. Whenever we eat a variety of biological processes associated with digesting and storing food (either as fat or fuel) are kicked into gear. This results in energy expenditure know as diet induced thermogenesis. And eating foods high in protein (like the breakfast recipes I am sharing with you) kicks this even higher. It’s also been noted that this increase in expenditure is more pronounced in the morning. So you burn more calories overall for the day.
4. Breakfast starts the day off on the right track and sets you up for success! It’s like movement. Starting your day off with a healthy whole foods meal leaves you feeling good, full of energy and ready to tackle the day. It’s one more thing to feel positive about when you do this, and one more reinforcing habit that will lead to another.
So remember, a healthy, whole foods breakfast gives you more energy and maintains more stable glucose responses during the afternoon and evening. You’ll be much more satisfied and less likely to reach for unhealthy snacks during the day. And above all, listen to your body and do what feels good!
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and don’t forget….leftovers ALWAYS make a great breakfast choice too!