Breakfast Foods

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Question: I just never got into breakfast foods so I have developed the habit of skipping breakfast. Now even though I workout, I still feel “fluffy.” Could not eating breakfast be the reason I’m not losing weight? Are carbohydrates fattening? How important is protein important when trying to lose weight?
Answer: If you watch any kid’s television shows they are always trying to sell breakfast foods and the USDA consistently advertises the importance of breakfast for kids. It still applies to us big kids and there’s a couple of reasons behind that. Some people naturally wake up hungry and head to the kitchen first to get something to eat. If you don’t wake up starving them you need to be doing the things that get your metabolism in gear like weight training or doing intense cardio. Your body has been asleep between 6 and 10 hours depending on the individual which means no food intake, a fast. Without food to break the “fast” your body can slip into a mildly “catabolic” state which means muscle wasting. Over time, months and years, your metabolic rate dips. So, not eating can actually cause you to gain weight over time because you are losing small amounts of muscle mass which keeps your metabolism charged up. Not eating breakfast also alters your metabolism by affecting levels of the protein hormone leptin. Leptin is part of the system that regulates your metabolism and changing levels can encourage your body to hold on to fat.
To answer the second part of this, carbohydrates are not fattening. Eating too many carbs and your diet being unbalanced by relying on carbs and neglecting both fats and protein can cause weight gain. Eating too many breads and pastas, processed foods full of sugar or high fructose corn syrup or too many soft drinks instead of water will cause you to gain weight. Neglecting foods with fiber like old-fashioned oatmeal or fruits and vegetables which also have carbohydrates in favor of foods low in nutritional value but high in sugar will cause you to gain weight. So eat healthy.
Protein is often left off the plate due to the opinion that it is high in calories. Beef, depending on the cut like prime rib has a higher fat content and higher calorie count, but a leaner cut can be relatively low in calories. Fish and grilled or baked chicken are both low in calories and high in protein. If your diet is low in protein, under 60 grams, adding protein to your diet can help you to stimulate your metabolism. It feeds your muscles which is important especially important if you are training hard. So, watch out for the high carb/low nutritional content foods, eat some low fat protein foods and train with a plan and purpose.
God bless and keep training,
Daryl

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