The average person is forced to make over 200 food decisions every single day of their life and it starts with the big “B” – Breakfast!
But…what makes for a good breakfast?
Low Calorie Breakfast Is Not It
The low calorie movement is one of those “vampire myths”, because it refuses to die! There are few things more damaging to your fat loss efforts as eating a low calorie breakfast, let me explain…
Cortisol gets a bad rap because it’s made out to be the cause of fat bellies everywhere, but did you know that cortisol is actually a fat burning and energizing hormone?
That’s right…when cortisol is secreted at the right time and in the right amounts it become a great ally in your fight against excess fat. The story doesn’t end there, however…
Wait a minute…cortisol does have a dark side. When cortisol levels are higher than you need and when they remain elevated for extreme periods of time, it then becomes a promoter of fat storage rather than an energizer and fat burner.
It turns out that what you eat in the morning will determine whether you manufacture a healthy energizing dose of cortisol or an unhealthy, fat-storing dose of cortisol.
A Low Calorie Breakfast Triggers Extreme Cortisol Levels
Here’s the bottom line…when you eat a good breakfast, you produce a healthy dose of cortisol, which results in fat burning and the jolt of energy that you need to tackle your day.
When you eat a low calorie breakfast, your body views this as a stressor and the result is an extreme spike in cortisol, which short-circuits fat loss and causes you to seek out a 5 hour energy drink by 2 pm.
Forget About a Low Calorie Breakfast! Eat a High Calorie Breakfast!
I realize that this statement may seem counterintuitive, however, trust me when I tell you that your body is most receptive to calories first thing in the morning. In fact, I would recommend making breakfast your highest-calorie, and highest-carb meal of the day.
Building The Perfect Breakfast
Although what makes up a healthy breakfast will be the topic of many a blog post, allow me to give you some simple guidelines that you can implement starting today…
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Dr. Ray Hinish is a nutritional pharmacist, certified personal trainer, & certified Lifestyle & Weight Management Coach. He currently practices in Baltimore, MD, where he owns and operates a wellness center and natural foods restaurant. His mission is to help folks to live their health potential so that they can pursue their passions with confidence and endless supplies of energy!