Thursday, April 8, 2010
To Breakast or not to Breakfast? 1 Bagel = 14 Eggwhites!
Although this is not 'new news', I read an interesting article today which reminded me of this fact, and I think with spring having arrived and bathing suit season around the corner, we can all learn or be reminded of a great metabolism and energy boosting tip!
Fact: Research has shown that your body burns roughly 40 more calories per meal if your meal is high in protein rather than high in carbohydrates or fat. Studies also show that people who ate high protein meals for breakfast were likely to eat less throughout the day.
Breakfast eaters tend to be slimmer people who maintain successful weightloss than those who skip breakfast.
Why? While carbs tend to make blood sugar levels to spike, high protien foods cause a gradual and consistent increase in blood sugar. The slower your blood sugar rises, the less insulin your pancreas needs to secrete to clear out the blood sugar, and insulin triggers feelings of hunger and fat storage. THIS is why you feel hunger not long after eating a bagel.
Consider This: A bagel contains roughly 400 calories (not including what you top it with), for this caloric content you could eat roughly 14 egg whites, and with the egg whites, you will feel satisfied for hours! So go ahead and try that eggwhite omelette!
My recommendation: Always start with a good, high protein breakfast. While skipping this meal may seem like a good headstart to consuming less calories, this will work against you. Breakfast supercharges your metabolism for the day and makes you less likely to overeat at other times throughout the day.
So start your day off right, jumpstart your metabolism and feel energized with a high protein breakfast!