Is eating breakfast the key to weight loss? At least a third of dieters still believe that skipping meals will help them lose more weight. This may be true if you are participating in a planned intermittent fasting program, but otherwise, skipping meals actually triggers the release of hormones that will prevent the release of fat for fuel. Skipping meals signals your body to hold on to your body fat for emergencies and your body will fight you as you work so hard to lose weight and fat. And your body will win this struggle.
Skipping Breakfast Will Promote Weight Gain
You have “fasted” for 8-10 hours, your body has used most, if not all, of the available nutrients in your digestive system and bloodstream, your blood sugar is at it’s lowest point and your metabolism is in neutral, supporting only the basics, breathing and circulation. Your brain and nervous system are about to wake up hungry and will send you signals that they need SUGAR.
Breakfast is your chance to set the tone for your metabolism
A quick sugar fix will satisfy cravings for a short time until the resulting insulin flood subsides, but a healthy balanced meal of proteins, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats will jump start your metabolism. Breakfast before your busy and active day will normalize blood sugar levels and increase your body’s metabolic rate which helps boost energy levels for the day.
In a study conducted by The National Weight Control Registry involving 2900+ participants, of the individuals who lost at least 30 pounds and maintained it for at least one year – 78 percent regularly ate breakfast everyday while 90 percent of those remaining had breakfast at least five days a week.
There is also a strong correlation between the meal size eaten at breakfast and dinner
People who eat more breakfast consumed fewer calories during the rest of the day while individuals who did not eat breakfast consumed more calories over the next 12 hour period. Skipping breakfast will increase your need to snack and eat more later in the day.
So, yes, eating a healthy breakfast may boost your weight loss as doing so has these weight loss advantages:
- Provides your body with energy to kick-start your metabolism after an eight to twelve hours of fasting.
- Improves your energy and focus at work by boosting your concentration and alertness.
- Helps keep you feeling satisfied and less hungry during the day and also helps you avoid unhealthy snacking between meals. Note: Increasing your lean protein at breakfast over the usual grains and cereals will double the effectiveness of this particular benefit.
- Breakfast improves and enhances your mood and keeps you more alert and focused throughout the morning.
Eating a healthy, balanced breakfast is essential for anyone trying to lose weight. Healthy breakfasts that avoid sweets, pastries, bacon and similar high sugar, high fat, and high calorie foods. This is where most people seem to miss out. For so long, we’ve been taught that those high fat, high sugar, high calorie foods are perfect for breakfast. For the past 5 years, I’ve been drinking Shakeology as my first meal of the day to make sure I was getting the absolute best meal daily. Your breakfast should be packed with nutrients and created to keep your metabolism firing on all cylinders. If you don’t have that, you’re truly missing out.
I hope this article was useful for you, answered a common question about weight loss and breakfast. Please feel free to leave you comments below.