Gym Reb3l: The Importance of Breakfast For Weight Loss
The Importance of Breakfast For Weight Loss
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! How many times have you heard that? More importantly, how many of you have heard the aforementioned saying, yet still skip breakfast or make poor and unhealthy breakfast choices each morning? You may not be the only one, as many people, who know the benefits of eating a healthy meal, still leave the house in the morning without having consumed a filling or adequate breakfast. Most people who skip breakfast or who eat an unhealthy one use either lack of time in the morning or weight watching as their excuse.
What Happens To Our Brain After 8+ Hours Of Sleep/Fasting:
Our body is similar to a car in the fact that it needs fuel to run, and like a car, the better you look after your body, the longer and better it will run. Our bodies must be fuelled several times each day so that we function efficiently and carry out our daily tasks as best we can.
In the morning, after many hours without food, it is essential to refuel in order to provide the necessary nutrients and energy to get us through the first part of the day. It is from our brain that messages are sent to other parts of the body to get them moving and working well. If our brain is not fed, it will act in a slow and sluggish manner, which will impact greatly on the rest of our body. The brain requires glucose or blood sugar to provide it with energy to function, whilst the muscles of our body need glucose to activate them and get the body working physically. To work and feel well, our blood sugar levels must be maintained at a certain level. After long periods without food, our blood sugar levels fall, causing tiredness and irritability amongst other symptoms that occur when you need food.
Advantages Of A Healthy, Nutritious Breakfast
After a good night’s sleep and with an empty stomach in the morning, it makes sense that the best way to start the day and to energise and revitalise your body, is with a filling, nutritious and healthy breakfast.
Our body needs a healthy breakfast packed full of vitamins and nutrients whilst also providing energy and fuel for the brain.
The best types of foods to be eaten at breakfast are complex carbohydrates such as whole grains including oats, rye bread and millet together with a small amount of dried fruit and freshly squeezed juice.
These foods will keep you fuller for longer, prevent unhealthy snacking, keep energy levels steady without dipping and provide you with essential vitamins and minerals that may be missed at other meals.
Many people like to consume some form of protein in the morning, as protein balances blood sugar levels and recent studies have also proven that, concentration levels are enhanced if some form of protein in consumed during the breakfast meal.
Excellent sources of protein, which can be incorporated into the breakfast meal are eggs, fish, nuts and seeds.
Eggs are a particularly rich source of choline (Vitamin B), which the body converts into acetyl-choline, a neurotransmitter found in the brain.
Studies show that adults and children who eat breakfast in the morning perform better at school and at work.
It is proven that with breakfast, concentration and memory improve, mental performance and problem-solving ability is better and learning ability is increased.
Not only this but studies generally prove that most people who eat breakfast manage their weight better, are not obese or overweight, have lower levels of cholesterol, which means they are less likely to suffer from heart disease and are generally in better health overall, not to mention in better mood.
I hope you now understand the importance of breakfast for weight loss and if you are struggling then why not book in with one of our personal trainers at Gym Reb3l and let our personal trainer take you through a detailed weight loss plan that get’s you amazing results