When I was overweight, I never ate breakfast. I would leave the house with nothing. No food, no water, no snacks. I would eat one or two meals a day and I could not figure out how come I could not lose a pound. It was so frustrating. I believed that the less I ate, the more I would lose. But, in fact, I gained, and gained.
In my quest to lose weight and keep it off, I have learned that I MUST eat breakfast everyday. And, that it is important to do that within one to two hours of waking to get my metabolism moving. Most importantly, to help regulate my glucose levels. And because the time between dinner and the next morning’s meal is the longest your body goes without food, breakfast has an effect on you that’s different from any other meal. Eating within 2 hours of waking can make a difference in the way you metabolize glucose, or blood sugar, all day. Your glucose level rises every time you eat, and your pancreas produces insulin to move the glucose into your cells, where it’s used for energy. Research is finding that keeping glucose and insulin in the right balance has important effects on metabolism and health. And, weight!
My goal is to prevent type 2 diabetes, which runs rampant in my family. The most important macronutrient to consume in the morning is protein, not just carbohydrates, like sugary cereal or bagels. Why? Because if you eat those sugary foods, by mid-morning you are starving and your brain is not functioning as well as it can. Those foods cause a rise and dip in blood sugar and lead to uncontrollable cravings, which leads to overeating. This cycle continues and leads to fat storage.
I am not a breakfast eater by nature. But, I have learned to have at least a protein shake In the morning and I feel so much better with more clarity and energy. I feel stronger, too. Breakfast doesn’t have to be a big meal, just something to break the “fast” from all night without any fuel. Eating low fat, low carb, and adequate protein is the ticket towards good health and weight management,