Breakfast – the most important meal of the day?
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so the saying goes, but still there seems to be a lot of confusion when it comes to breakfast and what to eat to set your day up best when trying to lose fat.
In my job as a London Personal Trainer I mainly come across three different types of breakfasters (not sure if that’s a word but lets go with it anyway)
- The ‘can’t stomach food in the morning’ brigade, nothing but tea or coffee for them.
- The ‘I don’t have time to make something in the morning’ crowd that grab a latte and a croissant or cereal bar in Starbucks on the way to the office.
- The conventional bowl of cereal and/or toast with jam, orange juice and tea or coffee
None of these are good options if you’re trying to lose fat, lets run through the associated problems:
- If you don’t eat anything at all you are missing out on the metabolism boost of breaking your fast and leave yourself prone to mid morning hunger pangs and low energy levels until lunch (at which point you are much more likely to overeat).
- If you normally just have cereal, toast & jam or croissant you are filling your stomach with fast energy release carbs and sugars. This will give you a spike of energy and then send you crashing back down and sluggish again a couple of hours later, worse still sugar is converted to glucose and if not used as an energy source (unlikely if you are going to be sitting at a desk all morning) it is stored as fat! Not good.
A good breakfast should kick start your metabolism, get your blood sugar levels under control, give you energy and mental focus to go to work or exercise and fill you up until lunchtime.
Try cycling these options for a week, I promise you will notice the difference in the way you feel. To the people out there that say they don’t have time in the morning I will simply say – get out of bed 10 minutes earlier, your body will thank you for it.
Fat Loss Breakfast Ideas:
- Omelette with spinach and tomatoes
- Nuts and berries with natural yoghourt
- Smoked salmon and avocado on a slice of rye toast
- Coffee, tea or even better green tea for it’s fat oxidising properties and a caffeine boost
- A pint of water to rehydrate yourself after a nights sleep
- A cup of hot water with a squeeze of lemon – this will aid digestion