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When You Eat Breakfast Every Day, These 8 Amazing Things Will Happen

When You Eat Breakfast Every Day, These 8 Amazing Things Will Happen

Sometimes, life can seem way too busy to try and fit in a morning meal. But, if you’re missing out on breakfast, you’re also missing out on some amazing health benefits and even the opportunity to slim down, improve your energy, and focus better.

Still think breakfast is impossible? Think again. Here we’ll break down the awesome health benefits of eating breakfast and provide some easy ideas so you don’t ever have to skip it again.

1. Helps Prevent Weight Gain

There are countless studies that have proved those who eat breakfast find it easier to maintain a healthy weight. A study done by Tel Aviv University[1] shows that eating a balance of healthy carbohydrates, lean proteins, and even a little dessert can help with healthy choices the rest of the day.

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By eating a hardy breakfast (with dessert), our body feels satisfied and doesn’t have the urge to make up for lost calories throughout the day by binge-eating or unruly cravings. This in turn helps to improve healthy eating habits aiding in maintaining a healthy weight.

2. Increases Focus and Concentration

When we sleep our body goes without fuel for a long time. By skipping breakfast, your body stays in sleep-mode and draws on its reserve tank for extra energy. This causes your body and brain to work harder and create stress hormones,[2] making you feel tired and sluggish.

By breaking your overnight fast, you’re restocking your body with the fuel it needs for optimal performance. Eating a balanced mix of healthy carbs, proteins, and fats helps with the refueling process and gives your body and brain the power it needs to increase your focus and concentration for the rest of the day.

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3. Kick Starts Metabolism

During sleep, our metabolism slows down. However, when we’re awake, the body needs to break out of its fasting metabolic state. Eating a balanced breakfast is the best way to kick start the metabolism[3] and the key to staying fired up for the rest of the day. Maintaining a healthy metabolism is also an important part of maintaining or losing weight.

4. Reinforces a Healthy Diet

Science says people who have breakfast every day have more nutritious diets. Eating a balanced and nutritious breakfast sets the tone[4] for your eating habits the rest of the day. It also helps curb excessive hunger and cravings that we get when we have extreme dips in blood sugar.[5] 

Complex carbohydrates, high protein, and high fat breakfasts all prevent fast falls in blood sugar, helping prevent cravings. This gives you a fighting chance in choosing healthy meal options the rest of the day because your body won’t be screaming for sugar.

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5. Stops Overeating Throughout the Day

People who usually skip breakfast are 50% more likely to become overweight. Skipping breakfast causes our bodies to stay in starvation mode. What happens when you feel starved of anything? You want more of it. Break that vicious cycle by packing in some morning calories. This will help you stay satisfied throughout the rest of your day and prevent you from eating everything in your path.

6. Improves Family Relationships

Eating breakfast with family[6] is a great way to bond and start the day out together. Spending time with the most important people in your life gives everyone the chance to plan, encourage, and laugh about the day ahead. This not only unifies your family but also helps for a smoother day because you’re all starting off on the same foot.

7. Cuts Down on Morning Grouchiness

Ever feel grouchy in the morning? Some people call it “hangry,” but it’s actually your starving brain cells that cause morning moodiness. Prevent crankiness by adding some complex carbs (like oatmeal, whole grain breads, or fruits and veggies) to your morning routine. This helps provide fuel for your brain. When your brain is fueled, it has more time to think about the important day ahead and less time to be grouchy about the lack of food.

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8. Reduces the Risk of Health Problems

Probably one of the biggest benefits of breakfast is the long-term effects it will have on your health. According to one study, insulin resistance and obesity rates were 35 to 50 percent lower for people who ate breakfast every day compared to those who skimped.[7] The study suggests that filling your tummy first thing with healthy food helps prevent obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. These are some of the biggest health epidemics faced by many today. You can prevent these fatal and lifelong diseases by eating more food. It doesn’t get much better than that!

How can you fit breakfast into your daily schedule?

Take time to prepare

Breakfast doesn’t need to be fancy, but having quick and easy breakfast foods in your pantry can make or break your day. Also, having some go-to breakfast ideas in your arsenal is the best way to go. Often times low nutrient, high-calorie breakfast foods are easier to grab but not good for you in the long run. A great tip is taking the time to prepare your breakfast the night before, or to lay everything out for the next morning to decrease your prep work.

Pick easy meal ideas

You don’t need to have a three-course breakfast every morning in order to be successful. Keeping easy-to-prepare items in your kitchen like oatmeal, eggs, yogurt, fruit, and cut up veggies is all you need to succeed. Breakfast smoothies are also an easy and nutritious option that will get you out the door on time.

Learn to love leftovers

Leftovers are probably the easiest thing to grab in the morning. If a freshly cooked breakfast isn’t something you have time for, cook something tasty the night before or even grab last night’s dinner for a quick and healthy morning meal. No one ever said dinner couldn’t make a great breakfast!

If you thought eating a daily breakfast was impossible, think again. With a few minutes of preparation and easy ideas, breakfast can become a part of your daily routine and can start you on the road to a healthier body and life.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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