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WAKE, EAT, LIVE! The Importance of Breakfast

The morning is the most important time for proper nutrition, so there is no excuse for not doing it up right.  You’re body has been lying there doing nothing for 6-8 hours, and has little or no nourishment for a good 12 hours, so what are you waiting for….give your body what it wants.  However, what you think it may want, may not be what it wants at all.  Here’s what not to do and most importantly….exactly what to do.

 

* DON’T SKIP BREAKFAST

When you skip breakfast, blood sugar drops below the normal level, you experience cravings and a drop in energy.  You therefor revert to simple carbohydrates to acheive a quick surge of blood sugar and to overcome hunger and a drop in energy.  Simple carbohydrates will cause an immediate surge of blood sugar and a substantial insulin emission, making you feel good for a short period of time.  Meanwhile the insulin removes sugar from blood turning its excess into fat, and shortly thereafter you’ll experience a hard crash.  This cycle then repeats itself 2-3 times more during the day.  The vicious circle constititutes one of the major reasons for diabetes, high blood pressure, and extra weight.

* DON’T EAT A HIGH CARB-BASED BREAKFAST

In the morning simply carbohydrates (sugary refined cereals, white breads, bagels, toasts, donuts, etc.) cause an immediate surge of blood sugar levels which results in a substantial emission of insulin, making you feel really good for a really short period of time.  And then, as mentioned above, the insulin is busy removing sugar from the blood and turning its excess into fat.  Guess what….then comes the monster crash and vicious circle throughout the day.  Diabetes, high blood pressure, and extra weight here we come.

* DO EAT A BALANCED PROTEIN-BASED BREAKFAST

Such a breakfast supplies our body with all the vital nutrients and energy without increasing blood sugar and insulin levels.  It helps to avoid dependence on carbs during the day.  In this way, appetite stays under control, cravings for carbs (snacks, chocolate, pastry, junk, soft drinks, etc.) diminish and the body uses its own stored fats to get more energy. 

Knowing that time is always hard to come by in the morning, nutritional supplementation is an excellent way in which we can kickstart the day.  There are many products to choose from out there in the market, but Herbalife’s “Healthy Meal” and “Core Nutrition” plans are highly recommended because of their focus on a fully-balanced healthy meal and not just on protein alone.

So get some sleep and look forward to waking up to a healthy breakfast tomorrow.

2 Responses

  1. [...] kindling of your metabolism, protein is the slow burning old-growth wood that keeps you going. The following charts illustrate, albeit in a simplified form, the difference in blood sugar levels after eating [...]

  2. Those charts are great!

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