When I was a bit younger I thought the best way to lose weight was to eat 1 meal a day in the late afternoon and eat a few snacks throughout the day to stop the hunger pangs. Little did I know how bad that actually was for my body.
By far breakfast should be the biggest meal of the day. When you sleep for 6-8 hours your body still requires energy to function properly. Those 6-8 hours you are fasting and eventually your body goes into a catabolic state. Catabolic state means that your body starts to break down muscle as an energy source instead of fat (starvation mode).
That is why a lot of people when they first wake are not hungry at all and skip breakfast. Their body is in a catabolic state and feel like they don’t need to eat anything. By eating a good hearty breakfast you are kick-starting your metabolism for the entire day and avoiding your body from eating the lean muscle you do have.
I was never a big breakfast guy and had to force myself to eat breakfast every morning. My body has gotten use to it and I wake up hungry every morning now. It’s also important to eat breakfast within the first 30-45 minutes of waking up for the best results.
Most people eat 3 rather large portion sized meals a day. I on the other hand eat 5-6 small meals throughout the day. I make sure I eat every 2-3 hours for the sole purpose of keeping my metabolism going strong and supplying my body with proper nutrition and a constant energy source.
This took practice for me as I was afraid of gaining weight again but if you eat the right food it’s only going to benefit you in the long run. I tend to cook/prepare an entire days worth of food the night before so if I’m in a rush I don’t have to worry about finding something “healthy” to eat at a restaurant or gas station.
My next post will go in-depth on what I eat on a daily basis and why.