Nutrition Explained: Perfect Breakfast
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I appreciate that getting in getting fit there can be alien concepts and that there are lots of confusing terms and widespread jargon.
If you read my recent blogs you’ll know that I hate gym myths that are perpetuated.
THE PERFECT BREAKFAST
What constitutes the ideal breakfast? Well there are many thoughts / fads around what you should and shouldn’t eat but here’s my interpretation.
Protein should be the building block of any breakfast therefore whether it’s dairy or a quick protein shake, it will keep you fuller for longer. In my experience, I can only handle a small amount of wheat before lunch so protein is my best option. If you have limited time in the morning then there is an opportunity to prepare hard boiled eggs the night before or something to that effect.
In recent times, there is a rise of breakfast milk drinks which claim to have high levels of protein. This can be a viable alternative but with shortcuts there does come a price and this is in the form of sugar. It’s always worth reading the labels especially if you can surmise what is unhealthy.
High sugar levels at breakfast lead to energy swings and cravings of more sugar. This can also be the case with natural sugars found in fruits. So moderation is a good tactic here.
Many breakfasts are built around wheat especially bread. If your goal is to lose weight then the ideal option would be whole grain due to the higher fibre (which improves digestion).
If you’re looking to bulk up your breakfast to leave you feeling fuller for longer then oats are highly recommended (again, be careful with the pre made ones that contain high sugar levels).
In an ideal world, a source of protein, piece of fruit and something to add to provide substance would be the best solution.
What if you don’t feel hungry?
Well if you are one for training first thing in the morning, I would definitely recommend eating something. Not eating and then exercising is a sure fire way to feel dizzy and possibly even faint. A yoghurt drink or something light will be needed to bolster the blood sugar levels and prevent this.
For me, I tend to eat late at night due to my long working hours and gym sessions. Therefore as much as I try to snack through the day, I have little option but to eat after 9pm (which isn’t ideal). This means that I’m jot always hungry first thing in the morning, as I don’t exercise early, I often wait an hour before I eat. A nutrition plan is often a personal thing and by providing an individual analysis, RYPT can help you in your specific fitness goals.
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