Should I go to the gym or eat breakfast? Many well-intentioned dieters fase this choice every morning. If you had only time for one of these, which would be more important? The answer is clear, breakfast beats exercise every day.
How can that be? Why is breakfast so important? It can add calories. The answer is simple, if you look at all of the overweight people that lost and kept their weight off, the one thing they have in common is they have breakfast. 90% of weight loss maintainers do not skip breakfast. Almost 100% of successful dieters have breakfast 6 out of 7 mornings a week. In terms of exercise: 50 to 60% of weight loss maintainers exercise 4-5 days a week. Breakfast beats exercise for weight loss.
Reasons Breakfast Beats Exercise – It’s About Eating, NOT Metabolism
- It’s easy for something in everyone’s life to come in the way of exercise-exercise for most busy people is low down on priorities.
- Breakfast, especially when eaten in the car, at school or at work takes no time.
- Breakfast prevents most people from crazing during the morning, and making poor selections at lunch. It helps us slow down how fast we eat lunch. Fast foods and big restaurant type of lunches are easy to consume, especially if co-workers are eating them, breakfast helps protect us from this kind of eating.
- Eating breakfast does not speed up your metabolism, just like eating small meals all day does not. How can one possibly speed metabolism up by eating! The confusion may be the normal increase in metabolism needed to digest food, but this number is a few calories at best. It’s never enough to have any effect on energy i.e. fat that is stored.
If you are struggling to lose weight, think “breakfast.” At home, in the car, at work, at school – anywhere as long as you don’t skip it.
What to Eat for Breakfast
For most people breakfast is about convenience. We will eat what is easy to get, cravings at this hour of the day play a little role. The obvious choices are the bagels, pastries, sugary cereals for adults and Pop tarts for kids.
That is exactly what we do NOT want for breakfast. Protein is the key to a good breakfast, we have learned that from the Atkins and South Beach diets. Protein prevents hunger and helps maintain blood sugar stability through out the morning. It prevents picking up the first snack we see around the office and then overeating at lunch.
Proteins like eggs, ham, cheese, high protein cereals, high protein bars or shakes make the perfect breakfast. High glycemic index carbs like bread, bagels, muffins, pastries, and high sugar cereals make the worst.
A good guide is to have at least 15 grams of protein for breakfast.