Monday, September 22, 2008

Eating Breakfast Is Important for Losing Weight

My mother always told me that I had to eat breakfast. Your mother probably did too.

So why do so many adults think they can skip breakfast? Is breakfast less important for adults than it is for kids?

The answer is emphatically NO! Breakfast is crucial for all of us--including adults--and even more crucial if you want to lose weight!

Recent studies indicate that a big (and I mean BIG) breakfast can help us shed pounds. Something about eating breakfast seems to stimulate the body to use calories. You truly are "breaking the fast" and taking your body into a mode of knowing there is abundance and so it doesn't have to hold on to the food you ate yesterday. Metabolism, serotonin, adrenaline and cortisol levels are all at their highest first thing in the morning--right when we get up.

What are the best foods to eat for breakfast? Lean protein and complex carbohydrates are the best, and include a small amount of good fat. They help reduce cravings and hunger throughout the day. The energy source (breakfast) allows your brain to eat when it needs to and gives it what it needs--without that good breakfast you will start to pull calories from your muscles. Not a good thing.

Don't eat breakfast--or eat the wrong foods--and your serotonin level drops which results in cravings for sweets. That's why so many people reach for the doughnuts mid morning.

This is really an important thing to keep in mind, especially if you have a lot of weight to lose.

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