Sharing Article by Brad Duncan ~ Citing Article on Breakfast Consumption Originally Featured on Reebok

Too Rushed for Breakfast?

rush hourFound an excellent article on breakfast at the Redbook website. Basically, the piece reflects much of AdvoCare’s own guidance on advising people not to skip breakfast and have a healthy breakfast.

The main gist of the article is this: More than 30 percent of us start our days on an empty stomach. “People  think they don’t have time for breakfast, or that skipping it will help  shed extra pounds,” says Tanya Zuckerbrot, R.D., author of The F-Factor Diet (the “F” stands for “fiber”). “But both are completely untrue.” In  fact, people who do eat a morning meal are nearly 50 percent less  likely to be obese than those who don’t, according to a Harvard  University study.

Here are some quick facts on breakfast that might make you think twice before skipping it again:

  • Breakfast Bonus #1: It gives you the nutrients you need.
    Skipping breakfast makes it a lot harder to get the recommended daily  dose of most vitamins and nutrients. Morning meals such as whole-grain  cereal with milk and low-fat yogurt with granola provide calcium and  fiber (nutrients many Americans are deficient in). If you don’t have time to fix a meal in the morning, try Meal Replacement Shakes or a healthy Fruit & Fiber Bar to help supply many of these otherwise missing nutrients.
  • Breakfast bonus #2: It can help you lose weight.
    When your body goes without food, it burns calories slowly to conserve  energy. As Zuckerbrot explains, eating after an overnight fast jump-starts your metabolism, which means more efficient calorie burning all day.  But what you eat is key. Somer points out that simple carbohydrates (like a doughnut or most  cereal bars) make your glucose (blood sugar) spike and then drop,  leaving you starving by 11 a.m. and craving sugary foods. A  smarter start: complex carbs like oatmeal or whole-grain toast.
  • Breakfast bonus #3: It’ll boost your brainpower.
    Students who ate breakfast scored an average of 22 percent higher on  word-recall tests than those who didn’t, according to a University of  Wales-Swansea study. When you wake up, much of your energy—in the form  of glucose and glycogen (stored glucose)—has been used up since  yesterday.
  • Breakfast bonus #4: It can help protect you from disease.
    Healthy women who skipped breakfast for two weeks developed higher  levels of “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol than women  who ate a bowl of fiber-rich whole-grain cereal with milk, according to  a recent study. Fiber binds with cholesterol and speeds its  excretion—before it reaches your arteries, says Zuckerbrot. Because of  this, high fiber intake has been linked to an almost 50 percent  reduction in heart disease over 10 years, according to the Harvard  Nurses’ Health Study.

What to Eat
A healthy breakfast should contain at least 5 grams of fiber, one  serving of calcium (equal to a cup of milk or yogurt), and some protein  and fat. Also, limit added sugars to about 6 grams (1 teaspoon equals 4  grams). The following meal suggestions fit the bill.

AdvoCare products for when you’re on-the-run:
Meal Replacement Shake, to which you could add Muscle Gain or Peaches & Cream Fiber Drink, Apple Cinnamon Breakfast bar, Fruit & Fiber Bar, Meal Replacement Bar

If you have a few minutes:
Meal Replacement Shake, toss in some thawed frozen berries or bannana

If you’re at your desk:
Snack bars & Breakfast bars

If you like to prepare the night before:
Put your favorite fruits and low-fat yogurt in a blender and stash in  the fridge. In the morning, add Meal Replacement Shake, add ice, blend and pour into a to-go cup.

Not Hungry in the Morning?
“Stop eating after 8 o’clock at night—within two to three weeks your  body’s appetite clock will reset and you’ll wake up hungry,” suggests  Zuckerbrot. If you still have strong cravings try Crave Check or Fiber Drink after 8:00pm.


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