Some people choose to skip breakfast because they think it will help them lose weight, where as some say that eating breakfast is important to help with weight loss.
Even the research is somewhat mixed on breakfast, but it can be beneficial to many people as it can help to:
- Reduce hunger. Waiting hours to eat after you wake up can reduce your blood sugar. This makes you more likely to overeat or snack for a quick fix to ease your cravings.
- Promote healthy choices. Your less likely to make bad food choices throughout the day and eat healthier foods with lower calorie levels.
- Increase energy. A healthy breakfast refuels your body and replenishes your carbohydrate stores supplying your muscles with immediate energy.
What type of breakfast?
While a ‘full English’ may sound great, a good breakfast should contain fruits, vegetables and whole grains that are high in fibre foods to help fill you up and keep you feeling fuller for longer. Even better if they have a good amount of protein as this helps to maintain muscle mass and burns off more calories than foods low in protein.
Keep breakfast simple
Breakfast doesn’t need to be complicated, especially if you’re short of time in the morning. Find something you like and is easy to make or prepare. Some quick breakfast suggestions include:
- Instant oats
- Banana sliced into yogurt (Greek yogurt if possible as it has good levels of protein)
- Porridge with fruit like apples, blueberries or a few nuts
- Cereals such as shredded wheat or shreddies
- Breakfast smoothies (a GutBusters favourite in under 3 minutes is: 1 – 2 bananas, a small handful of cashew nuts, 500ml almond milk and 2 scoops of protein powder)