Starting the day right can avoid overeating and also boost metabolism… Bonus!

No time for breakfast? Those who skip ‘the most important meal of the day’, are more likely to have an increased calorie intake, a slower metabolism and also store body fat more efficiently.

Whilst sleeping, your body goes into starvation mode. This is to help sustain the body’s chemical reactions, when there is little energy intake. Pro-longing energy intake by skipping breakfast can cause the metabolism to slow. What does this mean? The body’s processes take place with fewer calories. Therefore, when extra are consumed, they get stored within the body.

Not only does skipping breakfast slow metabolism, it also encourages increased food intake. People who have not eaten breakfast, become hungrier throughout the day. They have an increased appetite and psychologically think they have more calories to consume, as they skipped breakfast... which may be the reason for the 11am biscuit binge.

So, how do we get the most out of our breakfast? It has been shown, drinking a glass of water on waking, can improve digestion and increase nutrient absorption. Also, eating a breakfast high in Protein benefits weight loss. Why? Protein is made up of amino acids, which feed the muscles and aid chemical reactions. That’s why choosing eggs, salmon, peanut butter and natural Greek yoghurt are ideal. However, if you are gearing up for that all important gym session, don't forget to add some fuel to your tank. Carbohydrates are stored for reserved energy, which is essential if you're wanting to smash out leg day! Oats, bananas or wholemeal bagels should do just the trick!

 

- Lizzie Whitehead

Nutritional Science student