We’ve all heard it before:
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Yet according to a survey by Food Insight, almost half of adults do not eat breakfast every day. Some people think that skipping breakfast equates to losing weight. The fewer the calories, the better, right? They think they can train their body to go without food. But just as a car cannot run without gas, your body cannot run well without fuel.
If you finish your dinner at 7 or 8 at night and do not eat again until noon the next day, that is 16-17 hours without food in your body to fuel your metabolism and help control your blood sugar levels. While your intention may be to drop pounds, this strategy is sure to backfire. Your metabolism is hard-wired and cannot be trained. Instead, the body’s natural response to lack of food is to slow the metabolism, which can make it harder to lose or maintain weight.
To make matters worse, studies have found that young breakfast-skippers consume 40% more sweets, 55% more soft drinks, 45% fewer vegetables and 30% less fruit than people who eat breakfast, according to a panel discussion at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) 2012 Annual Meeting & Food expo.
If these facts are turning you into a breakfast convert, great! But tread carefully. Not all breakfasts are the same in terms of nutritional value. The overwhelming majority of breakfasts- muffins, bagels, donuts and cereal- are high in carbohydrates and sugar and low in protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals.
These foods which contain “beige” carbs can spike blood-sugar levels, leaving you feeling hungry later and can have high calories to boot. Did you know that a bagel with cream cheese, coffee with non-fat milk and a small cup of orange juice can be 800 calories? If you are trying to lose weight, that can be well over half of your target calories per day and not even put a dent in the amount of healthy protein you need to help build and maintain lean muscle.
This is why the Vi-Shape Shake Mix is a great alternative to a traditional breakfast. Not only is the sweet cream flavor delicious, but best of all, you know you will be receiving premium nutrition. A shake blended with fruit and milk can help provide 20-25 grams of protein and a full serving of fiber to maintain healthy blood-sugar levels and satisfy hunger, while saving almost 500 or more calories.
So, stop skipping breakfast and start your day the healthy way. A breakfast shake will help shed or maintain your weight, and make you feel great!
Article Source: The Challenge Magazine: Volume 2- Issue 1