“Go to the gym or eat breakfast?”it may be the choice faced by some well-intentioned dieters every morning. If you only had time for one of these, which would be more important? The answer is clear, breakfast trumps exercise every day. How can it be? Why is breakfast so important? You can add calories. The answer is simple, if you look at all the overweight people who lost and kept their weight off, the one thing in common that stands out is the fact that they eat breakfast. 90% of weight loss maintainers do not skip breakfast. Nearly 100% of successful dieters eat breakfast 6 out of 7 mornings a week. Regarding exercise: 50 to 60% of exercise 4-5 days a week.
Here’s why breakfast is more important than exercise: It’s about eating, not metabolism.
1. It’s easy for something in everyone’s life to get in the way of exercise: Exercise for most busy people is a low priority.
2. Breakfast, especially when eaten in the car, at school, or at work, doesn’t take long.
3. Breakfast keeps most people from going crazy in the morning and making poor selections at lunch. It helps us slow down the speed with which we eat lunch. Fast foods and large restaurant-type lunches are easy to consume, especially if coworkers eat them, breakfast helps protect us from this type of eating.
4. Eating breakfast doesn’t speed up your metabolism, just like eating small meals all day doesn’t. How can you speed up your metabolism by eating! The confusion may be the normal increase in metabolism needed to digest food, but this number is a few calories at best. It is never enough to have any effect on energy, that is, the fat that is stored.
If you’re struggling to lose weight, think “breakfast.” At home, in the car, at work, at school anywhere as long as you don’t skip it.
What to eat for breakfast:
For most people, breakfast is about convenience. We will eat what is easy to get, cravings at this time of day play a small role. The obvious choices are bagels, pastries, sugary cereals for adults, and tartlets for kids.
That’s exactly what we DON’T want for breakfast. Protein is the key to a good breakfast, we’ve learned that from the Atkins and South Beach diets. Protein prevents hunger and helps maintain blood sugar stability throughout the morning. Avoid picking up the first snack we see at the office and then overeating at lunch. Proteins like eggs, ham, cheese, high-protein cereals, high-protein bars or shakes are the perfect breakfast. A good guideline is to eat at least 15 grams of protein for breakfast.