Are you forgetting the most important meal of the day?

Remember the old saying, ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’?  It could not be more true.  If you are trying to lose weight and have come to a plateau, re-evaluate your eating schedule.  Are you having breakfast within 30 minutes of waking?  If you are not, and you begin to eat within 3o minutes of waking, you will continue to lose weight.  But why?

As you sleep during the night, your body is using amino acids that you consumed in your food to repair tissues.  Amino acids, the smallest particles that make a protein, are called the building blocks of life.  Once your supply has run out, your body begins utilizing muscle tissue for this need.  Muscle tissue is metabolically expensive.  In order to counteract this, you need to consume proteins.  Since during a full nights rest, you have not consumed proteins for 8 hours (or however long you slept), your body is in need.  If you do not eat upon rising, your body stays in starvation mode and will break down muscle tissue to supply this demand.

The general rule is to eat a protein rich meal within 30 minutes of waking.  One of the best proteins to consume is an egg.  It supplies your body with all essential amino acids.

Please do yourself a favor…  If you are not eating breakfast on a regular basis, start!  It will help boost your metabolism and you will see the difference in your energy levels and in weight loss.

 

My love,

Dr. Kristin

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