“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. I think we’ve all heard that sentence a million times over. But no one really knows when to eat the most important meal of the day.
Does it really matter what time you eat breakfast, though? And the answer to that is yes.
“When you eat is just as important as what you are eating,” says Philadelphia-based registered dietitian Theresa Shank. She recommends eating within two hours of when you wake up.
“Eating within this window sets the pace for a healthy appetite and stabilized blood sugars throughout the day,” explains Shank. When your blood sugar gets out of whack, it often triggers hanger, cravings, and over-eating.
And breakfast does actually jump-start your metabolism. “Once we’re awake, our bodies need to speed up and break out of a fasted state,” she adds.
But what if you’re going to the gym in the morning? What do you eat then?
The question of whether to eat before you go comes down to how your body reacts to exercising after eating. “If you plan to workout in the morning, you need to identify if you perform better fed or fasted,” says Feller.
For instance, if eating a simple pre-workout piece of toast leaves you clenching your stomach midway through Spin class, then it’s probably best to wait until you’re done.
If finishing your weight workout on an empty stomach makes you dizzy and distracted, then you’re going to need a bite before you go. (Some simple carbs from half a banana can help power you through without feeling super-full.)
In general, it’s a good idea to eat within one to two hours pre- or post-workout, says Shank.
What if you HATE breakfast?
You should still eat something. Skipping breakfast is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. And skipping a meal in general can cause brain fog, lower blood sugar levels, and a slower metabolism.
Just a little something is important. Drink a glass of water when you wake up to hydrate, says Shank, then grab something easy to take with you (like a Greek yogurt cup, hard-boiled egg, or a piece of fruit).
Eating something small will help your body adjust to the idea of eating in the a.m., Shank says.
Source: Women’s Health Mag