Nutrition: 150 Slim-Down StrategiesSqueezeItIn.com Girls
Who is this gorgeous woman holding that delicious apple, you ask? Is it Eve herself? No, but what she has to offer is equally as tempting: her new book Eat Right When Time Is Tight: 150 Slim-Down Strategies and No-Cook Food Fixes made our mouths water! And lucky for us, and for you, author and nutrition expert Patricia Bannan will be sharing a few of her ten master strategies to help people eat right when time is tight – right here on SqueezeItIn.com! Take it away, Patricia…
Master Strategy 3: Munch Every Morn
by Patricia Bannan, MS, RD
If you’re counting every calorie, you may think going without breakfast will help you lose weight and slim down. In fact, the opposite is true. Eating a healthy breakfast every morning will make you more likely to shed pounds and keep them off. Statistics from the National Weight Control Registry, which tracks the habits of people who lost more than 30 pounds and kept the weight off, reveal that 78 percent of successful “losers” eat breakfast every morning. A mere four percent never eat breakfast.
You think you’re saving calories, but when you skip breakfast, you’re more likely to eat impulsively and overeat later in the day, which is bad news for your waistline and your slim down strategy. Eating in the morning also helps you think more clearly. The reason is simple—your brain runs on glucose, or sugar. When you awaken, your blood sugar levels are low because you haven’t eaten for eight to twelve hours. Studies show that eating breakfast positively affects tasks that require retaining new information. Breakfast eaters also tend to be less depressed and less emotionally distressed than people who don’t eat breakfast. When your brain and body are properly fueled, you feel better emotionally and physically.
Eating breakfast also appears to help your immune system efficiently function. Forget the idea of a traditional breakfast and just get in the habit of munching every morn.
Three ways to implement this strategy:
- Carry a whole-food bar (e.g., SoyJoy, Larabar, KIND Fruit & Nut Bar) with you to eat at your desk or while you’re dropping the kids at school.
- Keep instant oatmeal packets at work for a quick, healthy breakfast.
- Forget “breakfast” foods if they don’t appeal to you. There’s nothing wrong with a healthy sandwich or beans and brown rice in the morning if that sounds good to you.