Before Steve and I got married, I seldom ate breakfast. Since Steve was in school for exercise and nutrition at that time, he knew how important breakfast was. I, on the other hand, was in the habit of flying out the door with only a cup of coffee if I was lucky. Thankfully, Steve never gave up on me and I finally convinced me to start my day off right by teaching me a few important nutritional facts.
While I didn’t eat breakfast because I didn’t make the time, many dieters may skip breakfast just to skip the extra calories. Ironically, studies found people who miss breakfast are actually 4 1/2 times more likely to be overweight. Our body needs breakfast to stay fit and here’s why.
4 Benefits to Eating Breakfast
- It fuels your body. Adults often rely on a cup of coffee to get them ready for the day, when food is what the body really needs. You must replenish the supply of glucose that you lose overnight with a healthy morning meal. Once you get your blood sugar up, you’ll have the energy you need – with or without the coffee!
- It increases your metabolism. After an overnight fast (breakfast = break the fast), your metabolism is at an all-time low each morning. Your metabolism speeds back up after you eat. If you miss breakfast, you are missing a great opportunity to increase your metabolism and burn more calories.
- It keeps you sharp. When I was young, my mom always fixed me a healthy breakfast on exam days. I just thought the special treatment was to show her support. Little did I know it actually had an affect on my brain! Now I know when we deprive our self of food, we deprive our self of energy and fuel for the brain. Thanks mom!
- Prevents overeating at lunchtime. Skipping breakfast sets you up for making poor choices later in the day. Suddenly fast food sounds like a good idea when you finally get hungry, whether you are dieting or not. When you get really hungry, you tend to go for the quick fixes – which are normally high in fat and calories. You’ll have a lot more self control during at lunch if you give your body what it needs in the morning.
Choose Your Breakfast Wisely
Don’t Skip Your Fat
Fat slows digestion and gives you fuel to energize you. This keeps you feeling fuller longer and keeps you feeling energized.Having more beneficial fat in your diet produces muscle gain with training because it supports hormone balance and recovery from intense exercise. A higher fat diet while restricting carbs can elevate growth hormone, which inhibits muscle breakdown too. This makes a high-protein, high-fat diet a great diet for any fitness enthusiast.
Beef Up Your Breakfast
Another way to increase satiety is to pair low-glycemic carbohydrates with protein for breakfast. The more filling your breakfast is, the less likely you will want to reach for a snack or go off the deep in come lunch time. In addition to satiety, a high-protein breakfast also increases your alertness, because it provides the amino acids your brain needs to function at its optimal level. So if you really want a boost in the morning, you need more than just a cup of coffee.
Watch Your Carbs
Cereal, pastries and muffins are high in sugar and carbohydrates. As a result, the energy you get from this type of breakfast is short-lived. However, a low-carb breakfast stabilizes your blood sugar. This helps prevent cravings and also will stabilize your metabolism and energy. It also encourages your body to use fat stores for energy – which is great for weight loss.
Atkins Breakfast Sandwiches
If you are searching for a quick and easy breakfast on the run, try some of the Atkins breakfast sandwiches. They meet all the above criteria and are convenient for the person on the go! Atkins breakfasts all have a healthy dose of fat to keep you full, ample protein for alertness and to preserve muscle, and low net carbs to help you burn fat stores and boost weight loss.
Steve and I ate them before our trip to Epcot and they lasted us several hours, and were really yummy too! (It was GREAT with hot sauce by the way!!) My dog was just a little jealous that he couldn’t try them too! haha
• 19g Protein
• No Sugar Added
• 340 Calories
• Only 5g Net Carbs
This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Atkins.