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Big Breakfast and Loose Weight

With being 25 pounds lighter than last year, I discovered the power of a big breakfast. Eat breakfast and you may shed some weight.

Eating wears our bodies down. If we want to live longer, we need to consume fewer calories.  Fad diets are a nutritional disaster.

Our bodies are synchronized. We sleep at night and are active during the day. We are inherently synchronized with our environment.

If we break those natural cycles, we have major consequences. The same synchronization that regulates sleep also compels us to refrain from calorie consumption.  Sleep is a fasting period.

A good night’s sleep repairs tissues and is a reprieve for your body to burn through any new food consumption.  Fasting relieves the need to devote energy to breaking down food and devotes it’s energy to repair.  Sleep may have evolved to ensure this happens.

One of sleeps major functions is a lengthy overnight fast.  In the morning, breakfast will jumpstart dormant metabolic processes and launch the body into a new day-night cycle.  That takes fuel.

Big Breakfast

It’s healthier to serve a big breakfast than shifting your eating to later in the day. Psychology Today magazine reports, “Front-loading calories has positive effects on blood sugar and insulin levels, which in turn affect your cognitive ability throughout the day,” reports Gary Wenk, professor of psychology, neuroscience, molecular virology, immunology, and medical genetics at the Ohio State University and Medical Center. Gary has found that a large, complex breakfast can improve your heart health and your ability to pay attention.

Gary Went starts his day with this breakfast:

“My bowl usually contains a blend of three different high-fiber cereals (sugar-free) and about a half cup of fruit (usually blueberries) covered with lactose-free, fat-free milk. My glass contains a blend of carrot and tropical fruit juices. I follow that with a piece of multigrain toastand a coffeewith fat-free cream. On the way to work I’ll eat about one cup of nuts mixed with dried cranberries. Then, after I get to work, I hope to find a donut or cookie in the main office.”

Fats, carbs, and proteins furnish the body with choline, which influences your capacity to pay attention as well as to move your muscles.  In search of choline, your brain directs you to foods that are quick and easy with copious amounts of sugar.

Your brain burns roughly a dozen donuts’ worth of sugar each day, says Wenk, which makes a donut and coffee exactly what your attention-starved brain orients you to in the morning.

“Nutritionally, your brain is going to ask you to do things that your body doesn’t want to do.” He points out. “For your overall diet, a donut is a horrible decision. But the human body evolved with a very mixed diet.” So it is wise to be an omnivore at the breakfast table. “Eat as great a variety of foods as you can possibly find,” Wenk advises. “Consuming a large, complex meal early in the morning is the most data-weighted method of approaching breakfast.”

When you Eat is More Important Than What You Eat

Wenk states that it isn’t what you eat that is most important. It’s when you eat is what’s most important. We need to fast for at least 12 hours at night. If we eat breakfast at 6 a.m., we should quit eating at 6 p.m., which is in synch with the sleep cycle.  This is more crucial to cognitive health than specific food choices.

A complex and vitamin filled breakfast jump-starts the body’s digestive processes, enabling mitochondria to churn out the ATP that powers a functioning mind.  Thinking burns calories just as much as any other activity.

Our culture supports the opposite of our normal biological cycles.  On our way to work, we are in a hurry. We grab a cup of coffee and donut instead of that nutrient filled breakfast, which is what we need to keep us full and focused for hours.

After our day of work is done, we sit down to a massive dinner, which shortens our bodies’ time to repair itself. Instead, the body is focused on digesting dinner verses repairing tissues.

Front-loading breakfast keeps you stay full until early afternoon, when Wenk suggests; you can have lunch and then begin fasting until morning. Or you can work in a small dinner.

I read this article after I already lost my 25 pounds. This had become my new eating schedule, which helped me loose weight. I ate more calories in the morning and tapered off towards the evening and didn’t eat anything after 6pm. Doing yoga and lifting weights every day helped to keep my metabolism at an optimal level.

Let’s synchronize our eating to balance our innate biological rhythms. We will have a lot more productivity and we may even loose a few pounds of unwanted body fat.

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