Break (the) Fast in the a.m

May 17, 2009

Hello, Fine Fitness Folks!

Here is some more food for thought (and consumption):

The word breakfast literally is talking about breaking the fast that you started the night before when you went to sleep.  Breakfast is really the key meal of the day in terms of getting your energy going as well as maintaining/losing weight.  It is not a myth; it’s a reality!

Check yourself:

  • If you do not eat any breakfast now, ease yourself into making it routine…grab a banana with some peanut butter, or an apple and a glass of milk.  Start little, but really notice how you feel during the course of the day and week.
  • If you eat breakfast, but know that you should eat more and/or a better combination of foods, challenge yourself to keep your fridge full of healthy goodies and think about what is going to be for breakfast the night before.
  • If you are already eating a healthy breakfast, keep it up…and, maybe find some new ideas for how to spice things up.  (See below for some more ideas)

Why it is key:

  • Your metabolism is higher in the morning, which means, you should be eating more at this time!  According to research done from Virginia Commonwealth University, obese women who at a 600-calorie breakfast shed 40 pounds in 8 months; whereas those who ate smaller meals netted only a 9-pound loss.  Wow–what a difference!!!
  • Breakfast is also the first chance the body has to refuel its glucose levels, also known as blood sugar, which is essential for the brain and is the main energy source which helps fuel the muscles needed for physical activity throughout the day. That translates to coming to class and working it out!

Reality check:
Be sure your breakfast is a combo of protein, carbs, and fat.

Happy eating!

In peace,

Heather

Resources for breakfast ideas:
http://www.realsimple.com/realsimple/content/0,21770,1160860,00.html
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/collections/healthy_breakfast_recipes.html
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=60651

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