Whether you are in a rush in the morning and don’t have time, or you just aren’t hungry, a lot of people skip breakfast. This is one of the worst things you can do for your metabolism and probably one of the easiest things to fix.
Eating in regular intervals triggers you brain to send signals to the rest of the body not to store fat, because you are getting a consistent food supply. Conversely, if you skip breakfast, your body is told to store your food as fat, because it thinks its starving and wants to conserve as much energy as possible.
When you wake up, 10-12 hours have passed since the last time you had anything to eat. Eating when you wake up will break that fast (clever, huh?) and signal your body to wake up your metabolism.
A lot of people skip breakfast because when they eat it, they feel hungrier for lunch sooner, causing them to feel as though they are over eating. This hunger is actually a good thing, because it’s proof that your metabolism is revved and working.
Research shows that with both men and women, the more food they ate in the morning, the fewer calories they consumed throughout the whole day.
When eating breakfast, you want to choose foods that are well balanced and going to hold you over for a few hours.
Avoid simple carbohydrates, such as sugary cereals, frozen waffles (unless they specifically say “whole grain”) white bread or bagels (again, unless they are whole grain.) Simple carbs will burn off quickly, spiking your blood sugar levels and leaving you hungry again a few hours later.
Choose a mix of whole grains, protein and fiber, such as yogurt with fruit, a whole grain cereal with fat free milk and a banana, or oatmeal with nuts or peanut butter mixed in.
In order to lose weight, you want to keep your metabolism running at its highest all day long. Eating a well-balanced breakfast will get it moving sooner, burning more calories throughout the day and getting you to your goals faster.