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How Does Breakfast Affect Your Metabolism?

If you break down the word breakfast itself into break and fast, the answer is much clearer. You are breaking the fast you were on while sleeping (unless you are one of those munchers that get up during the night to eat something).

When you get up, your metabolism has already processed all the food you had in your system when you went to bed. Because there isn’t much work to do at the moment, it is kind of napping itself and not really working much at all beyond the bare minimums it needs to do to keep your body going.

Unless you give it a reason to wake up, it will keep more or less at its “vegetative” pace. That is where breakfast comes in. When you eat, all of a sudden you are flooding your digestive system with food and your metabolism jumps into action at a high rate in its endless pursuit to process the incoming food.

What does a good breakfast look like?

A healthy first meal of the day should include protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats. Fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, whole grains and lean meats are all good choices along with eggs.

A two-egg omelet with spinach is my favorite. Scrambled eggs with diced bacon is another favorite. Use a little olive oil to make the eggs; it is much better for you than using butter. Complement your omelet with a piece of whole grain toast topped with some peanut butter. You could even add in a meat, such as bacon or sausage, both made from turkey.

Other breakfast choices could include oatmeal with cinnamon and banana slices, yogurt with granola or a smoothie made with protein powder, almond milk and your favorite fruit. Stay away from the unhealthy saturated fats, simple carbohydrates and sugar.

If you need something on the go, choose a couple of hard-boiled eggs, or some trail mix or apple slices with some peanut butter. For a beverage, choose black coffee or tea; the caffeine in either will help speed up your metabolism.

As far as how fast your body processes food, about 75 percent of the calories processed is dependent on your age, gender, weight, body composition and genetics. The other 25% is processed by the physical activity you do during the day.

Speaking of physical activity, try to work in at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. Cardio is good for burning calories and will keep your metabolism elevated long after you quit your workout. Mix in a couple days per week of strength training to build more muscle. The more muscle you have, the harder your metabolism has to work to keep feeding all that muscle mass.

Healthy Snack Ideas For Those Who Want To Lose Weight

When you’re exercising to lose weight, it’s important to remember that you need to fuel your body with energy. Although you could stick to your old diet, it’s far better to re-think what goes into your body. Here are some healthy snack ideas that won’t get in the way of your weight loss goals.

Fruits and Vegetables

Everyone knows that vegetables are healthy, and we should almost all be eating more of them. But they don’t exactly have a reputation for tasting great to snack on! But remember, there are various ways in which you can snack on vegetables. For example, carrots and celeries make great veggie sticks. You can also snack on cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and sliced bell peppers. To makes your veggie snacks taste better, you can use some low fat cheese as dip.

Fruits make great tasting snacks as well. You can just eat them as they are or mix them in a salad with some vegetables. Some tasty snack ideas include eating your fruits with some peanut butter or cutting them up into cubes and freezing them.

Nuts

Nuts not only taste good but are also rich in protein, fiber, and antioxidants. There is a big variety of nuts that you can choose from. As with fruits and vegetables, you can crush and mix the nuts with anything else you like as they taste great when mixed in a fruit salad too. However, try not to eat too much of them because nuts tend to be high in calories.

Yoghurt

Low fat yoghurt can make an excellent snack as it tastes great and has a lower amount of calories than standard yoghurt. If you’re searching for an alternative to ice cream, then yoghurt is the best choice. Plain yoghurt is the best as it does not have artificial coloring and flavoring. However, if you prefer more flavor, you can get the flavored ones or add in some fruits into the yoghurt such as berries, apples, or even crushed nuts. Another good idea is to add some low fat yoghurt to your fruit salad.

These are just some ideas that you can try. There are of course many more tasty and healthy snacks that can help you lose weight, so experiment and find out which healthy snacks you like most. Good luck!