The Importance of Breakfast
by Stephen Beseda
I’ve been a Strength and Conditioning Coach for 10+ years and have found the misconception still exists that it’s okay to starve yourself if you want to lose weight and get in shape. There is no statement further from the truth. What you eat matters, but when you eat is also an important factor to consider, starting with the most important meal of the day, Breakfast.
The first thing that needs to be understood is that the human body is the most adaptable thing on Earth. With that being said, the second most important thing is that the human body was meant to survive as a hunter and gatherer. Our bodies were not made for the fast food and fast-paced lifestyle that we all live in today.
At nighttime when we are asleep, our bodies are still burning calories. While people with more muscle mass are burning more calories at a faster rate, everyone is stull burning calories while they sleep. This is why it’s so important to consume breakfast within the first 30 minutes of being awake because your body is in starvation mode and needs replenishment. If you don’t have breakfast within the first 30 minutes of waking, every calorie consumed thereafter throughout the day will be stored as fat, making weight loss and leaning up impossible despite all your aerobic efforts.
Having breakfast consumed within the first 30 minutes of being awake will not only process calories a lot more efficiently but will prevent the retention & storing of your daily caloric intake as fat – it will serve as fuel & energy to get you through the day, helping your body burn fat.