We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But there are so many of us that feel we don’t have the time in the morning to whip something up before heading out the door.
There are so many reasons as to why we should eat breakfast and the benefits it has on everyday life. In fact, not eating breakfast can cause you to stop losing weight if that is your goal.
How to eat breakfast properly
It is recommended that, at the lowest calorie intake of 1200 for women and 1500 men, you should be eating a breakfast equal to 300-375 calories. If you don’t hit this figure you are under-eating and not giving yourself the boost you need to kick start your metabolism for the day.
The mistake that many people do is that they eat too many carbs and not enough fats. A breakfast should ideally consist of 50% carbs, 30% fat and 20% protein according to the myfitnesspal website. Choose carbs that are high in fiber, and by pairing them with protein and fat you’ll stay fuller and ignore those mid-morning cravings.
You should always aim to eat breakfast within 30 to 60 minutes of waking up, but if you feel that it would be difficult to do that you can always eat something small like a piece of fruit and then about an hour and a half later eat something heavier.
What you should never do
The mistake that a lot of people do is that they eat breakfast foods that are high in sugar, which contains a lot of calories. Women should have 6 teaspoons of sugar and men should have 9, and with most people having around 3 teaspoons alone for breakfast it is clear where people are going wrong when trying to lose weight.
You should never skip breakfast. It is the number one reason why people can’t lose weight as quickly as they want to. When you sleep your metabolism slows down so when you wake up you have to break the fast. To get your metabolism going you need to eat. Not eating deprives your brain of glucose, making you feel groggy and more likely to snap at whoever talks to you.
Not eating enough is almost as bad as not eating at all, a it leaves you feeling hungry almost straight away. It can lead you to eat even more calories over the course of the day, which isn’t what you want when try to lose or maintain weight.
Ideas for a healthy breakfast
We know that a lot of people often go for breakfasts that are easy to make such as oatmeal and toast. Here are some ideas to brighten up your morning.
With Oatmeal try making it with milk instead of water and add in some healthy nuts and low-sugar fruit that is good for you such as strawberries.
If you just like to pop some bread in in the toaster and add a lot of butter think about adding almond butter instead for a healthier option, or even avocado. If you’ve got a bit of extra time in the morning why not try some scrambled or poached eggs to add a bit of variety and protein.
For those who like the more traditional approach with Cereal try adding a small portion over yoghurt instead of making it the main focus of the meal. Adding some tasty fruit as much will have the flavors bursting in you mouth.
If you’re not big on eating breakfast you can start off by making a smoothie full of fruit that will be refreshing, especially if you workout in the morning.
A good breakfast equals a good morning
After reading this we hope that we have convinced you that eating breakfast can be one of the best things to do in your day. It is guaranteed to make you feel better and set you up perfectly for the busy day ahead.
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