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by inKin
10 Aug

Why Is It Important To Eat Breakfast For a Healthy Lifestyle?

Everyone talks a great deal about how it's a good idea to eat breakfast every day. But what exactly are the benefits of eating breakfast for a healthy lifestyle? And can you eat pretty much anything you want for this meal? Or do you have to restrict yourself to certain dietary choices? These are questions you might be asking yourself if you're trying to lose weight or sculpt your body.


Different diet gurus will tell you different things.  There are certain vegan diets on which you might just have a fruit and vegetable smoothie for breakfast.  However, other, protein-rich diets might recommend egg whites and toast.  There are certain fat-rich diets, such as Atkins or LCHF, on which you might even eat the full egg instead of just egg whites.

Given all the different breakfast options out there, how are you supposed to make the right choices?  Here are a few questions you may want to ask yourself:


What Time Do You Eat Dinner?

Some people eat dinner relatively early, at about 7 or 8 p.m. while others don't eat until 10 p.m.  Most dieticians will tell you that it's a better idea to eat early rather than late, that late-night snacking is what helps you to pack on the pounds.  But if you eat dinner early, you're probably going to go about 12 hours or so without eating anything.  So when you have breakfast, you'll really be "breaking the fast."

In such cases, it's a good idea to have a hearty breakfast, like egg whites and toast or even baked beans and toast, since baked beans contain quite a bit of protein.  Another option is to go with something with more fiber, like a multigrain cereal and fruit.  Muesli and granola are both good options but make sure you check the calorie content because this can be quite high with certain types of granola.


Do You Eat a Mid-Morning Snack?

A lot of dieticians now advise that you should break up your three square meals into five or six smaller ones.  There's a very scientific reason behind this.  Every time you eat something, your body has to digest it.  And digestion burns calories.  So you end up burning a lot more calories by eating five or six smaller meals than by eating three larger ones.

Adding a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack to your daily routine will help you a lot in your weight loss goals.  Plus, it'll make sure that you don't feel too heavy after any one meal.  So you'll feel light and energetic all day long, which will also keep you motivated as far as working out is concerned.

If you adopt this diet, your breakfast is essentially broken up into two parts.  So you can have that fresh fruit smoothie, which is energizing but not that filling, as one part of your breakfast and have something more satisfying, such as egg whites, as the other part.

It's a good idea to try to minimize your consumption of sweeter items like croissants and muffins. But if you find yourself craving them, give yourself one cheat day per week.


When Do You Work Out?

Having breakfast is a great idea, no matter when you work out.  But it becomes all the more important if you're working out in the morning.  Whether you're doing strength training, cardio or yoga, you still need a good breakfast.

If you work out in the morning, your body hasn't consumed anything for 10-12 hours.  Plus, you're putting it through a lot of exercises.  So you need to feed it to keep going.  And in such cases, you're going to need to have something with protein, rather than just cereal or toast.  This will also make sure that your muscles start repairing themselves faster.


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