When you're ready to set your mind to your health and dieting goals, you know skipping meals isn't the way to go. But it's not always easy to still skip meals and deep down feel like it's a good thing because you're missing out on ingesting additional calories...
But the truth is, you really aren't helping your diet when you go long stretches without eating - in fact - you're slowing your weight loss progress.
Why is this?
...Think of your metabolism like a fire. If you throw tons of logs on it at once (i.e. Thanksgiving dinner) it is smothered and the fire goes out - but on the other hand - if you don't feed it enough - it also dies out.
The key to keeping your body burning calories and staying in 'fat-burning mode' is to treat your metabolism like a fire and feed it slow and steady to keep it burning hot and bright, and melting that fat away!
Technically when you sleep, that should be the longest amount of time (hopefully at least 8 hours) that your body goes without eating. During that time the metabolism slows and your rate of calorie burn isn’t nearly as fast as you’d like it to be.
So - how do you get it jump-started again? Eat breakfast! Not only do you need to get that metabolism revved back up but studies have also proven that people who eat breakfast and continue to eat regularly throughout the day:
…are less likely to get sick.
…perform better at memory tasks
…are less depressed.
…are more focused.
…have a better attention span.
…concentrate better in the morning hours.
Not to mention these same people lose more weight...Talk about substantial reasons to get quick and healthy snacks something quick ready to go from now on!
Not sure what to grab?
Below are a few quick and easy grab-and-go options you can pack up at home:
Yogurt with whole-grain cereal and fruit
A smoothie with fruit, protein powder, and milk
Whole-grain bagel/toast/English muffin with peanut butter
A protein bar and piece of fruit
The Most Important Meal - On the Go!
Also, good news!… Even fast food places are beginning to offer quick and healthy breakfast options.
McDonald's: Egg White Delight McMuffin – 250 calories
Subway: 3” Bacon, Egg and Cheese – 200 calories
Starbucks: Protein Artisan Snack Plate – 370 calories
Denny’s: Scrambled Egg Whites, Chicken Sausage and Fruit – 230 calories
Dunkin’ Donuts: Egg White Turkey Sausage Wake-Up Wrap – 150 calories
How do you track your calories? If you use your Compass Book be sure to share a picture with us on social!