Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day

We live in a fast paced world where our most valuable resource is time. What seems to suffer from our lack of time is our nutrition. Most often we're lead to fast food as meal options & more often than not, we skip breakfast on our morning rush out the door.

We've been told by our mother's that "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day". This is very true. By skipping breakfast, we're literally starving our brain & sabotaging our physical performance throughout the day.

If you think about it, your body has been fasting all night while you've been asleep. When you wake up, your "tank is on empty". If you try to drive your car on an empty tank, you end up stranded on the side of the road waiting for AAA or the kindness of a good samaritan to get you back on the road.

Your body is much more amazing than your car. If you run your body on empty, it will keep going, but it will also find a more efficient fuel source. And that's not body fat. Body fat is like putting diesel in your brand new Mercedes. Nope, your body is going to use the best fuel source available, muscle. When your body uses muscle or other lean tissues, it's equivalent to putting the most expensive, premium grade fuel in your car. And there's a cost for that.

While your body has a great back up for a source of energy, it's very damaging to your overall health. When trying to reach a fitness goal, losing lean body mass decreases your metabolism. This is why we tend to hear people say, "But I hardly eat anything! Why am I still fat?" Because losing muscle increases body fat. If you make sure to eat breakfast, as well as frequent meals throughout the day, your body will have enough energy to get you through the day & make sure your workout kicks some major butt (your butt, that is).

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