A Great Start to a Good Diet
True or false: Skipping breakfast is a great way to jumpstart your diet.
FALSE! Bypassing breakfast – or any meal for that matter – is a recipe for dieting disaster.
Chew on this fact: Skipping meals tends to trigger food cravings, binge eating and weight gain.
Studies have shown that people who skip breakfast are actually heavier than those who start their day with a healthy and hearty meal.
Another interesting morsel: People who eat four to five light small meals a day lose more weight than those who try to get by on one or two meals.
Here’s the meat of the matter: Eating regularly helps your body maintain a higher metabolic rate. A higher metabolic rate means your body is burning calories more efficiently. Starting the day with breakfast also keeps your appetite under control later in the day and you’re far less likely to pig out on higher calorie, higher fat foods for lunch or dinner.
Your body is an amazing machine – a machine that needs proper fuel often. When you do not eat for a prolonged period of time, like overnight, your body slips into starvation mode and your metabolism slows to a crawl to preserve energy. Your body is compensating by burning fewer calories than it normally would.
A body that’s in starvation mode actually stops burning fat and your weight loss comes to a screeching halt. To make matters worse, once you finally do eat, your body squirrels away the calories because it fears another lengthy stretch without food will follow.
So do yourself a favor. Eat early and eat often. The best part of waking up should be a full breakfast. It’ll get your motor runnin’ and your weight droppin’!
John McGran has been writing about health and weight loss for several national companies since 2000. He brings his knowledge of diets — and his passion for dropping pounds — to Meal Plan Map because he believes it is the future of smart, stress-free eating and improved health.