During sleep our bodies are in a fasted state, BREAKFAST breaks the fast and kick starts our body's metabolism especially if we fuel properly with good nutrients!
Breakfast helps us maintain body weight
The desire to lose weight is one of the most frequent cited reasons for skipping breakfast. However, many observational studies show that people who skip breakfast are more likely to be overweight. The theory behind this is that skipping breakfast may cause us to overeat later in the day with research showing that most people will crave calorie dense, nutrient poor junk foods.
Six Reasons to Start your Day with a Healthy Breakfast
1...gives you the fuel to begin your day.
When you wake up in the morning, your body has been fasting all night and needs to be refuelled. Your breakfast should supply about a quarter (25%) of your energy and nutrients for the day.
2...can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
Studies show people who eat breakfast have a lower risk of obesity and heart disease. By having breakfast, you help keep your sugar levels stable, which can reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
3...boosts your brain power so you can stay alert and concentrate at work.
Fuel you brain! Breakfast will help you feel more energetic and can help improve concentration.
4...will help you feel satisfied during the morning and can prevent snacking on less nutritious foods or overeating later in the day.
People who skip breakfast often compensate by eating more later in the day.
5...can enhance the quality of your diet and help your body get key nutrients like iron, calcium, B-vitamins and fibre.
By skipping breakfast you may not get the chance to make up for missed nutrients later in the day. A balanced diet provides so much more than just energy.
6...can help you to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.
Studies show that eating breakfast is associated with a lower body mass index (BMI) and decreased risk of obesity.
Breakfast for Weightloss
Try to include these foods in your breakfast
A cup of raspberries deliver a whopping 8 grams of fibre (thats more than double whats in a cup of strawberries). The Journal of Nutrition suggests eating more fibre as a way to prevent weight gain or even encourage weightloss.
Oats can help you lose weight in two ways. First, its packed with fiber which keeps you feeling fuller for longer. Second, consuming these slow-relase carbohydrates prior to physical activity does not cause the insulin spike associated with fast-release carbohydrates (e.g. white bread). Because insulin plays a role in signalling your body to store fat, having lower blood sugar levels may help you burn fat.
Yogurt is one of the top 5 foods to promote weight loss due to its high protein content. We recommend Greek natural yogurt, which contains 40% less sugar, 38% less sodium and more than double the protein of other store bought processed yogurts. Yogurts also contain probiotic organisms that can benefit gastrointestinal health.
The egg is a convenient nutritional package, providing high biological-value protein, rich in essential amino acids and is an excellent source of micronutrients such as iron, zinc, folate and vitamin B12. The high protein content of eggs ensures you feel fuller for longer.
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