I'm sure you've heard it before. "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day." "Don't skip your breakfast." Or the old adage, "Eat breakfast like a King and supper like a pauper." But are you doing it? And if not, why not?
It is true - breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It sets the pace. A healthy breakfast gets the body's metabolism up and running. Eating an unhealthy breakfast or skipping it and you are more likely to suddenly get hungry and grab quick things that are unhealthy (donuts and candy) or eat extra food at lunch to make up for missing breakfast. It has been documented that breakfast skippers notoriously struggle to lose weight.
Many people think eating less or skipping meals helps them lose weight. Not always. The body adapts. If it believes it is starving it will cut back metabolism to conserve energy. This is the main reason 95% of diets ultimately fail. Once people are off the diet they go back to how they used to eat, but their metabolism has slowed down. The result is adding the pounds right back on.
It is important to eat regular meals and if necessary snacks evenly throughout the day. This keeps blood sugar levels more constant providing you balanced energy through the day. With fewer blood sugar spikes you will experience fewer food cravings.
Another pitfall to proper eating is having a large dinner or snacking late at night. What happens? The food is not digested well. When you are sleeping, your body is not thinking about digestion and a lot of food complicates the process even more. Poor digestion is at the root of many ailments - such as acid reflux, gas, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. Plus, you are more likely to wake up feeling full and not be hungry for breakfast starting the whole cycle over again. As a general rule it is best not to eat within three hours of going to sleep.
For a list of my favorite healthy breakfasts follow this link to my blog http://brwellness.blogspot.com/2008/11/start-your-day-with-healthy-breakfast.html.
You'll notice that all the choices have protein and healthy fat in the meal. Vary your breakfast so it does not become routine and boring. Once you've read through my suggestions for a healthy breakfast, what do you notice is missing? If you are curious I invite you to give me a call or send an e-mail to find out why I have not included them!
Bernard Rosen, PhD, is a Nutrition Consultant and Educator. He works with individuals, groups, and at corporations to create individualized nutrition and wellness programs. His office is in Cedarburg. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call (262) 389-9907 or go to http://www.brwellness.com/