Fitness Tip of the Week #18 Breakfast of Champions

Get a good breakfast!

A simple tip this week, yet it is very important. Breakfast is the most often skipped meal of the day. Unfortunately, I miss breakfast occasionally due to a busy schedule, but especially if your goal is to lose weight, breakfast is not the meal you want to cut out of your diet. First off, you shouldn’t be skipping meals in order to lose weight, but never skip breakfast if the goal is weight loss.

Breakfast is the meal that wakes up your metabolism. The body has been asleep for a number of hours and your body has slowedbreakfast_pantheon the rate of energy usage. Breakfast starts up that whole process again. If you skip breakfast, your body will kick into starvation mode and begin to conserve. This is opposite of what you want it to do if your aim is to lose weight. Now, your breakfast shouldn’t be three doughnuts, two bowls of sugar puffs, and a chocolate muffin. Aim for more like toast with jelly or butter (not margarine), whole grain cereals, oatmeal, fruit, orange juice, all the breakfast classics.

You will feel like you have more energy to start the day when you eat a good breakfast, and that’s because your body is really waking up. If you have a busy schedule like me and have trouble getting up early enough to get breakfast, try finding breakfast items that don’t take long to prepare or you can take with you and eat on the way to wherever you are going. Don’t go another day without getting a good breakfast, and if your breakfast isn’t exactly the healthiest, start small and make changes in what you’re eating. Just like anything else, it has to become a habit. Definitely make this a habit from now on.

Loren Sheets

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  1. eric said:

    Loren,

    What is your breakfast of choice on competition days?

    December 1st, 2009 at 10:11 pm
  2. Loren said:

    Thinking back to high school I never really put much effort into eating correctly on competition days or any day for that matter. Last year though, on competition days, several of the guys in my dorm who I ran track with would get up early and we would make oatmeal. I haven’t done too much research on oatmeal itself, but my grandfather who is almost 90 and in great health for that age made oatmeal for breakfast every morning for a good portion of his life. One thing though was I didn’t eat too much, and thats just me because I usually would get nervous on competition days and my stomach wouldn’t feel too great to begin with so extra food in there wasn’t all that appealing to me. What I did do though was eat smaller portions throughout the day, like a health bar/fruit snack maybe a little over an hour before competition, then get something small again right afterwards.

    December 1st, 2009 at 10:26 pm
  3. Loren said:

    What about you? Any specific preferences?

    December 1st, 2009 at 10:29 pm

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