Want to know a secret on how to lose weight? Hint: the answer is EATING.
In case you didn’t know, breakfast is essential. I’ve heard every excuse in the book when it comes to skipping my favorite meal of the day. Here are a few:
“I don’t have time”
“I’m busy getting everyone else fed and out the door”
“I just don’t know what to eat”
“I’m skipping breakfast because I’m trying to lose weight”
What if I were to tell you breakfast nay-sayers that skipping this meal has a lot to do with your weight loss, or lack there of? I know that time is precious in the morning. The alarm goes off and its go-go-go out the door. But part of starting your day off right is giving your body the nutrients for the day and starting that metabolism off right.
Here are some of my personal insights on breakfast – just hear me out.
Once your feet hit the ground, I’m starting the timer. Not a literal one, I’m not in your home – but I’m giving you 45 minutes. You have 45 minutes to get quality foods into your body. Think about it: your body has been at rest for 7-8 hours (usually) and hasn’t eaten since dinner the night before. You need to jump start it and get it ready for the day. Nothing is going to get your GI system moving like feeding it. If you are fasting your body, how are you supposed to produce those fat burning enzymes?
Skippers Are Overeaters
Skipping a meal (any meal, really) sets you up to over-snack and overeat at the next meal. When you eat a meal in the morning, you are more likely to make healthier choices throughout the day. It also has serious effects on your body chemistry. Your liver goes into “starvation mode” and actually pumps out glycogen (stored glucose) into your blood stream to try to help balance blood sugar levels. So yes, you can negatively affect your blood glucose by skipping a meal – crazy!
If You Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail
It’s one of my favorite quotes. Preparation is key. Yes, it does take time, Yes it does take brain power, Yes it’s not always easy. But guess what? If weight loss/maintenance were easy, everyone would be doing it. You have to prep. If your mornings are crazy – having a breakfast that is readily available in the morning will definitely help with time management. Set those overnight oats out so they are ready to go. Chop up veggies at night to add to an omelet. Put your smoothie together in the blender and into the fridge the night before. Set out breakfast bowls and spoons for the whole family the night before.
Skip the Simple Sugars
If you haven’t read my post on sugar cravings, check it out now. Pumping your body with pastries, coffee cakes or fruit juices don’t count as a quality breakfast and will only leave you craving for more a few short hours later. Go for the complex carbs that more than likely have fiber in them. That fiber is going to keep you feeling fuller, longer. Fruits (try to pick fruits where you consume the skin – apples, grapes, etc), whole grains and legumes are a great place to start. With that being said though, I believe some breakfast is better than nothing. If sugary cereal is all that is available, have a little (moderation, please!) and try to find something else to balance it out (whole wheat toast? fruit?).
Keep It Simple, Silly
Breakfast doesn’t need to be a gourmet meal. Sometimes breakfast scares people because they feel it needs to be this big elaborate event. Nope. Blueberries, oatmeal, and yogurt. Easy peasy. Frozen fruits thawed out overnight in the fridge – perfect. Save the fancy breakfasts for the weekend, when you aren’t running around like a crazy person. Have some leftover tortillas from taco Tuesday? Roll up some peanut butter and fruit inside for an on-the-go meal. Skip the bagels – really. They are so carb dense and really don’t offer any other nutritious value.
I hope this helps and I hope this encourages you to make this great change in your daily lifestlye. Wake up your body with food every day ☀️