Research has told us that people who skip breakfast in an effort to lose weight are actually sabotaging their weight loss efforts. Personally, this is something that I struggle with and Iâ€™ve made it a goal in my own weight loss journey.
When I wake up in the morning, the last thing I want to do is shove some food in my mouth. By the time I get up and going, get the kids off to school and off to work myself, Iâ€™ve completely forgotten about it. I usually start noticing the â€œstomach grumblesâ€ around 10 or so, but I usually just hold out until lunch which is a really BAD idea.
Skipping breakfast may seem like a good way to preserve your precious daily calories but in effect, you are much more likely to overeat at lunch to make up for the missed meal which can totally backfire on you. By the time 12:00 rolls around, you are famished, and chances are that you will be gorging on anything and everything.
Eating a Healthy Breakfast To Get Your Through the Day
Think of eating breakfast as gassing up your car. When you wake up in the morning, your body is low on fuel similar to a car that is running on fumes. Eating a healthy breakfast kick starts your engine and gives you energy to get through the day.
The ideal healthy breakfast should be a combination of lean protein and complex carbohydrates. Pass on the sugary cereals, muffins and danishes. Opt for healthier combinations such as:
Yogurt and fruit
Low fat cream cheese and tomato on whole-wheat English muffin
Egg whites and whole-wheat toast
High-fiber cereal with skim milk and fresh berries
The Importance of Breakfast For Weight Loss
Breakfast provides your body with much needed energy after a night of fasting. After all, the last time you had anything to eat was the evening before. Having a healthy breakfast will improve your efficiency at work, increase your ability to concentrate and make you much more alert.
When you wake up in the morning, your metabolism and blood sugars are low because there is no glucose in your body for energy. As soon as you eat something, your metabolism wakes up and your blood sugar levels go up. Why is this important for weight loss? Because as soon as you wake up your metabolism with a healthy breakfast, your body burns calories faster. If you have a sluggish metabolism because you skipped breakfast, your body wonâ€™t be burning calories nearly as fastâ€¦plain and simple.
As you can see, skipping breakfast to lose weight is not effective. The key to successful weight loss and a stable metabolism is rooted in the importance of eating a healthy breakfast. Even if you donâ€™t feel hungry when you wake up, make an effort to consume anything healthy â€“ it will keep you satisfied until lunch time and youâ€™ll be able to concentrate on eating healthy for the rest of the day.