Think Big When It Comes to Breakfast
By Stephen R. Farris
You've probably heard at one point and time in your life that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it's true. Although times have changed and the vast majority of us don't get up at the crack of dawn to milk the cow or collect the eggs anymore, we now have jobs to go to.
Our society has become fast-paced. There's literally no such thing as a 9 to 5 anymore. Hours are not always written in stone, to the fact that we work the same eight hours every single day. With that said, our eating habits have changed too.
If you work a daytime job, you might be one of the ones who gets up at the last minute, grabbing a quick cup of java and head off to work. During the day you might opt for fast food for lunch, unhealthy snacks on your break, and more fast food on the way home for supper.
However, research shows that taking the time to eat a good breakfast can help you burn twice the calories, especially if you're trying to lose or maintain your weight. Those other choices, not so much. In fact, eating fast food all the time will probably add more calories rather than burn them.
Usually we start the day with lots of activity, whether it's work or working out. Taking the time to eat a big breakfast can help your energy levels throughout the morning part of your daily routine. Even though you may consume a big plate of eggs, bacon, and a bowl of oatmeal, you can end up burning a lot of that off because you've got the energy to remain active for most of your day.
Opting for that cup of coffee instead of eating a big breakfast can leave your body drained midway through your day. It can slow down your metabolism, causing you not to burn as many calories. You'll probably feel more food cravings as well.
Stay away from sugary and processed foods at breakfast time. These burn off too quickly and could cause spikes in your blood sugar. The last thing your boss wants to see is you starting out like a thoroughbred first thing at work, then by mid-morning, become slow as a sloth. Balance your breakfast with healthy foods, such as eggs, yogurt, oatmeal, etc.
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