One most common myth we all believe in is that if we will skip meals including breakfast, we will lose weight faster. But thats not true at all. Especially for Breakfast, which is often advocated as the most important meal of the day. And I will tell you why its extra-important for those trying to lose weight.
Why skipping breakfast is linked with weight loss?
A typical breakfast often consist primarily of carbohydrates like paratha, toast, muffins, etc. This kind of breakfast is consumed by a large number of people all over the world. This food lacks in proteins and nutrients which are required by our body to aid in weight loss and proper functioning of our body. In fact, this food does just the opposite of what it is supposed to do. It sets your body up for failure.
Consuming carbohydrates first thing in the morning leads to decrease in insulin sensitivity in the body. This decreases the utilisation of carbs taken during the rest of the day which leads to storage of fat in the body instead of using it as a fuel. The insulin sensitivity is essential for weight loss. Hence, taking carbohydrates in the morning is not recommended.
If not carbs, then what? Yes, you guessed it right. An ideal breakfast should consist of high amount of proteins and fats. Why fats? I would not recommend to consume any product containing fats. I would suggest you to consume products having high amounts of unsaturated fat and very less amount of saturated fat. This is because unsaturated fats burn calories and hence reduce weight at a faster pace.
High protein and fat intake will help stabilise the blood sugar levels and speed up the fat burning potential in the body for the rest of the day.
Benefits of high protein breakfast
High protein breakfast increases your body’s appetite control capacity throughout the day. Also it reduces the activity in that part of your brain which controls the food cravings. All this results in less intake of high carbs and bad fat. It decreases the secretion of ghrelin, the appetite hormone responsible for stimulating hunger. High protein breakfast also reduces gastric secretion in the stomach which results in feeling fuller for longer duration. Hence high protein breakfast contributes to faster weight loss.
What to consume?
Excellent sources for Vegan And Vegetarian Protein for Breakfast include Oats with Milk, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Whole Grain Cereals, Salads, Fruits, Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, Soy Milk and Protein Shakes. If you plan on drinking Protein Shake, then make sure its not the only meal. Along with it, have some oats or fruits.
When to consume?
Ideal time to have breakfast is 30-40 minutes after you wake up. This 30-40 Minutes can be utilized to do your morning chores or any other thing you gotta do. This Gap ensures that any spare energy your body has is burnt away. Also a research shows that, delaying breakfast by 30 minutes caused the body to start utilising the stored fat in our body for energy needs. But delaying beyond 40 minutes, also encourages storage of more fat.