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Should You Skip Breakfast?

28 Nov

470_2677148[1]In the interest of balance, I thought I would share a recent article from Healthy Living titled, 5 Reasons to Skip Breakfast.  Obviously, I’ve extolled the virtues of breakfast in this blog — as well as in my personal and professional life — repeatedly.

This is the type of conflicting information that can make it confusing for people to make sound, educated choices regarding diet and nutrition.  Clearly, this article is more of an editorial than evidence-based research.

The article also lacks balance, as it only addresses a high-carb breakfast, and not the benefits of incorporating lean protein into your morning meal or snack.  There is a voluminous (and growing) body of research that supports eating something — anything — within 90 minutes of waking, especially for athletes.

A balanced, nutritious breakfast — along with smaller, more frequent meals and snacks throughout the day — can improve energy level and cognition, and help you reach your fitness, weight-loss, and/or performance goals.

Please see related article, Eat Breakfast!

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!

Your thoughts?

Avoid These Metabolism Killers

4 Nov

man-drinking-water[1]Your body is pretty remarkable.  It burns calories all by itself, as long as you avoid certain pitfalls.  Your metabolism — the process of turning the food you eat into energy — keeps your organs and muscles moving.  The faster your metabolism, the more calories you burn.  And just like there are ways to speed it up — by working out, for example — there are also things that can slow it down.  Here are a few things to avoid to keep your metabolism running efficiently:

An Irregular Eating Schedule

Be more consistent with your eating schedule.  Research demonstrates that eating at the same times every day “trains” the body to burn more calories between meals, as opposed to a sporadic eating schedule.

Lack of Sleep

Get adequate sleep.  Typically, people who sleep less move less the next day, which means they burn fewer calories.  To make matters worse, sleep deprivation actually reduces the amount of energy your body uses at rest.

Eating Too Little

Food is fuel.  When you skimp on calories, your body switches into starvation mode, slowing your metabolic rate to conserve the fuel it’s got.

Sitting Too Long

Get up and move around, from time to time.  In as little as 20 minutes in any fixed position,  you begin to inhibit your metabolism.

Inadequate Calcium

Drink your milk.  Calcium plays a key role in regulating your fat metabolism, which determines whether you burn calories or store them as fat.  A diet that’s high in calcium could help you burn more fat.

Dehydration

Drink more water.  All of your body’s cellular processes, including metabolism, depend on water. If you’re dehydrated, you could burn fewer calories.  And dehydration is the most common reason for athletic performance fatigue.

Skipping Breakfast

Eat something within 90 minutes of waking in the morning.  When you miss breakfast, you don’t just set yourself up to overeat at lunch.  You actually tell your body to conserve energy — which means it burns calories more slowly.  Research shows that people who skip a morning meal are 4.5 times more likely to be obese.

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER

Your thoughts?

Should You Skip Breakfast?

26 Aug

470_2677148[1]In the interest of balance, I thought I would share a recent article from Healthy Living titled, 5 Reasons to Skip Breakfast.  Obviously, I’ve extolled the virtues of breakfast in this blog — as well as in my personal and professional life — repeatedly.

This is the type of conflicting information that can make it confusing for people to make sound, educated choices regarding diet and nutrition.  Clearly, this article is more of an editorial than evidence-based research.

The article also lacks balance, as it only addresses a high-carb breakfast, and not the benefits of incorporating lean protein into your morning meal or snack.  There is a voluminous (and growing) body of research that supports eating something — anything — within 90 minutes of waking, especially for athletes.

A balanced, nutritious breakfast — along with smaller, more frequent meals and snacks throughout the day — can improve energy level and cognition, and help you reach your fitness, weight-loss, and/or performance goals.

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!

Your thoughts?

Avoid These Metabolism Killers

7 Aug

man-drinking-water[1]Your body is pretty remarkable.  It burns calories all by itself, as long as you avoid certain pitfalls.  Your metabolism — the process of turning the food you eat into energy — keeps your organs and muscles moving.  The faster your metabolism, the more calories you burn.  And just like there are ways to speed it up — by working out, for example — there are also things that can slow it down.  Here are a few things to avoid to keep your metabolism running efficiently:

An Irregular Eating Schedule

Be more consistent with your eating schedule.  Research demonstrates that eating at the same times every day “trains” the body to burn more calories between meals, as opposed to a sporadic eating schedule.

Lack of Sleep

Get adequate sleep.  Typically, people who sleep less move less the next day, which means they burn fewer calories.  To make matters worse, sleep deprivation actually reduces the amount of energy your body uses at rest.

Eating Too Little

Food is fuel.  When you skimp on calories, your body switches into starvation mode, slowing your metabolic rate to conserve the fuel it’s got.

Sitting Too Long

Get up and move around, from time to time.  In as little as 20 minutes in any fixed position,  you begin to inhibit your metabolism.

Inadequate Calcium

Drink your milk.  Calcium plays a key role in regulating your fat metabolism, which determines whether you burn calories or store them as fat.  A diet that’s high in calcium could help you burn more fat.

Dehydration

Drink more water.  All of your body’s cellular processes, including metabolism, depend on water. If you’re dehydrated, you could burn fewer calories.  And dehydration is the most common reason for athletic performance fatigue.

Skipping Breakfast

Eat something within 90 minutes of waking in the morning.  When you miss breakfast, you don’t just set yourself up to overeat at lunch.  You actually tell your body to conserve energy — which means it burns calories more slowly.  Research shows that people who skip a morning meal are 4.5 times more likely to be obese.

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER

Your thoughts?

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