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FitDeck Blog with Founder Phil Black

7 Reasons to Eat Breakfast

Posted by Phil Black on August 1st, 2014

Breakfast

Yes, breakfast still ranks as the most important meal of the day. This is not breaking news or a paradigm-shift that warrants a book deal or a TED talk. It's just the simple truth. It's so important that I'm dedicating this blog post to review the merits of a consistent, balanced, and well-timed breakfast. No hype, no dancing girls, just good 'ol common sense in an uncommonly complicated world. Check out these 7 reasons to eat breakfast - daily.

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1. "Break-the-fast"

After a night's sleep with no food (fasting), the body needs glucose (food) to replenish its stores so that you can get up and move. No rocket science here.

2. "Skipping breakfast tells your brain that you're starving"

Your body can't differentiate between being \"too rushed to eat\" and starving to death. It assumes the worst and does its best to preserve the fat stores and glucose in your system to keep you alive. This means that your metabolism (fat burning furnace) never turns on. It doesn't burn fat, it holds onto it for dear life. Not good. You want that metabolism cranking early and often.

3. "Eat within 1 hour of waking up"

This is ideal. Food sends a signal to your body to turn on the furnace (metabolism) and prepare for an active day. Eating also provides your body with the glucose it needs to keep you alert, focused, and satisfied.

4. "Buy some time with a snack"

If you just cannot get your act together enough for a legitimate breakfast in the first 60 minutes, then at least have a snack to buy some time. A snack will kick-start the furnace to give you some extra time before it wants something more substantial.

5. "The Coffee Crutch"

If you feel energetic in the morning even without breakfast, and you're a coffee drinker, it's not because you're well rested. It's because of the coffee. Caffeine convinces your body that it has energy - even when it does't. In fact, caffeine decreases appetite, which may delay "real" food consumption even longer. Maybe even until the pasta bar at lunch. Uh, oh!

6. "Commit to Breakfast"

I know mornings can be crazy with sleepy kids, lunch preparation, wardrobe malfunctions, lost car keys, homework catch-ups, missing shoes, etc. If these are some of the challenges you face, then prep the night before or get up 10-15 minutes earlier. It's worth it.

7. "March is Breakfast Month"

No it isn't. I made that up. But let's pretend. Join me for a 30-day quest for 100% breakfast compliance for the month of March. I will be posting a photo of my breakfast every morning for 30 days. I'd love to see photos of your breakfasts as well. Don't even worry about quality for now - just eat within the first hour you're awake.

All the best,

Phil Black (FitDeck Founder)

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