Is Breakfast Really the Most Important Meal of the Day?
You’ve likely been given a lot of advice about how to eat over the years, maybe even by your chiropractor! While a lot of advice how nutrition is valuable, there are a few myths out there that persist no matter what new information becomes available. The biggest one of those myths seems to be that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Is this true? Read on to find out!
This myth has probably persisted for so long because the theory behind it seems intuitive. Basically, if you don’t eat breakfast that your metabolic rate will drop down, causing you to lose muscles mass and be hungrier later. Recent evidence has shown, however, that this really isn’t true.
This theory mostly rested on the shoulders of studies that showed that people who eat breakfast tend to lose weight and keep it off easier than non-breakfast eaters. This is especially true of people who eat breakfasts high in protein.
The real problem behind this myth is that what works for one person may not work for another. Every person’s body has a different biochemical makeup. There are a few steps you can take to find out what your individual body needs and use that to help you be healthier.
Avoid High Sugar Breakfasts
Sure, it’s nice to have that pumpkin scone and big piping cup of coffee in the morning, but the problem with this is that it sets you up for a crash later in the morning. You have to pay special attention to the sugar content of the things you are eating for breakfast so you make sure not to mess up your metabolism early in the day.
Simplicity is Key
Just getting out of bed some mornings can be a feat, so don’t overcomplicate your morning routine by feeling like you have to prepare a gourmet, high protein breakfast. You could something simple like do a protein rich smoothie or a hard boil egg that you can prepare ahead of time to grab and go.
If you skip breakfast it doesn’t have to be haphazard. You can do something called intermittent fasting, which if done right can boost your muscle building and kick up your fat loss. You could try this by just closing down your kitchen after dinner then pushing your breakfast back to later in the morning, so that you have a period of 12 to 14 hours where you haven’t eaten.
If you have questions about healthy breakfast options that will work best for you goals and your lifestyle, talk to your chiropractor for some nutritional know-how.