It's a simple and logical idea heralded by many: Skip breakfast to burn more fat!
While it may sound appealing, does this idea hold up? Can it actually work over the long-term? What if I told you that starting your day with a good breakfast, even when you are not hungry, could help you drop body fat? Would you start including it in your morning?? Let me share with you exactly why a solid breakfast is the underrated secret weapon to managing your weight. Consider building your body as you would a beautiful new house. You want to use the best raw materials you can find to build a structure that is both beautiful and strong from the inside. Things shouldn't break or not work in your new home. Our bodies are living houses that are in a constant state of cellular turn-over and repair. That being said, your body needs the proper raw materials to rebuild itself. That means the right micronutrition (think vitamins and minerals), fiber and macronutrition (protein, carbs and fats), from whole-food sources.
NOW, let's talk about efficiency. If you dump off all the materials you need to build your home in one delivery to the job site, the workers are going to overwhelmed. It's too much material at once for them to utilize properly. The same thing goes for your digestive system --- one or two big meals just isn't efficient for your body to partition out and use properly. In fact, it may cause distress in your system. Your body, namely your gut, has a lot of work to do to keep you healthy. Spread out your delivery of nutrition by eating smaller and more frequent meals during your day to keep your gut health in-check and your metabolism stoked.
Benefits of Breakfast: -regulates your blood sugar -keeps your metabolism humming -staves off hunger -helps mental clarity
Breakfast doesn't have to be boring. Sushi for breakfast, eggs for dinner. There are no rules when it comes to breakfast! The 'Breakfast Bowl' posted below is one of my favorite breakfast recipe. PRO TIP: Make sure your breakfast contains 15-25 grams of PROTEIN! Protein intake is hugely important when you are trying to lose body fat. We'll cover more about that in the next post!
1/4 cup Oat Bran
1/4 cup Seasonal or Frozen Berries
1 Tbsp. All-Natural Almond Butter
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1 Tbsp Raw Local Honey
1 cup Water
Pinch of Cinnamon
In a medium saucepan, bring 1 cup water to a boil.
Reduce flame and mix in oat bran, berries and seeds stirring occassionally until desired consistency is reached. Mix in honey and cinnamon.
Pour into a bowl and add almond butter.
*** make this recipe your own by substituting or adding nuts, seeds, protein powder***