Yes, Yes, Yes to breakfast! I know you have heard it before but I do 100% believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And for all of you “intermittent fasters” guess what…the period you finish your last meal at night until your first meal in the morning is fasting. And in my opinion that is the only fast your body needs. It’s why breakfast is called breakfast; it means BREAK the FAST.
Now, why is breakfast so important? First of all, as I just said, you have not eaten for hours and hours and your body needs fuel when it wakes up. You need to start viewing healthy food as fuel for your body. And that fuel is what fires up your metabolism. A faster metabolism makes maintaining or losing weight much easier.
How can eating breakfast benefit your body and your life?
When you skip breakfast, you will hit that hungry level pretty quickly later that morning or in the afternoon. And by lunch time you will be so hungry that you are more likely to make bad nutritional choices. Skipping this meal can lead to binging later in the day.
The Two Greatest Challenges I Hear:
So, now you are going to tell me that you:
Let’s address #1: I’m Not Hungry in The Morning!
If you are someone who has not been eating breakfast for a long time, then YES you won’t be hungry for breakfast each morning. You taught your body and your metabolism that pattern. But that does not mean you can’t change a bad habit. You might just have to ease into it. Perhaps you start by just eating a banana each morning. Then, how about building up to some small breakfast options like:
Small Breakfast Options:
Over time, you will see your appetite start to pick up. And that is a good thing! It shows the metabolism is fired up again! WOO HOO! Then, you might even bump up the size of your breakfast again.
Larger Breakfast Options:
And don’t worry, you are not going to gain weight because you are now eating breakfast. Your body will be happier with the needed fuel, metabolism will pick up, energy will be great through the day and you won’t be so hungry in the afternoon/evening when you were likely were over eating. And it’s always better to get your biggest meal in earlier in the day vs. later!
#2: I Don’t Have Time for Breakfast
Nonsense! We are all busy each morning. I know what it’s like to get a kiddo off to school, work from the moment I get up, feed the dogs, walk the dogs, get in my workout…I can go on and on. But breakfast needs to be part of your day. So, if you are super busy, you need to prep it the day before. You can make hard boiled eggs that are ready to grab each morning (once/week I make hard boiled eggs). How about some overnight oats? Again, you prep it and keep it in the refrigerator so you can grab and go! (Feel free to get a copy of my Overnight Oats Recipe from the Earn That Body RecipE-BOOK at earnthatbody.com/oats. There are ways to eat breakfast without it being a long production, but you have to be willing to put in a small amount of effort. Also, if you are making breakfast for your kids (and I hope it’s healthy)…you can eat the same thing. No need to make different meals for different people in the house. And I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how important breakfast is for kids going to school ;)
Trust me when I say that I have helped thousands of people with weight loss and getting in their best shape/health. I got them all eating breakfast and it changed everything. Many clients even realized they were not eating enough calories before and that was causing a weight loss plateau. Once they started eating a real breakfast, those last stubborn pounds finally came off.
So, let’s get that breakfast going starting tomorrow! Make it healthy! Make it delicious and make it the best way to start your day.
If you have no idea what to make for a healthy breakfast, you might like the ETB RecipE-BOOK with overnight oats recipes, egg muffins (easy to prep) and my Eat By Example Meal Plan also has breakfast recipes for each day.These can be found at:
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