Why Do We Eat Breakfast?
As you know, or soon will find out, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A lot of people interpreted this message as the fuel for the day. Wait, you’re gonna be eating in a couple of hours (lunch) so why does it need to be so big?
Well, that’s because you’re considering the wrong side of the story, my man. It’s not about the next time you’re going to eat, it’s about the last time you actually ate (at least 8 hrs, established you being a serious bodybuilder, model, weightlifter, health conscious individual). A lot of people may begin by explaining its meaning, prepare for a blown mind, breakfast or breaking the fast (Kablaam). Well, in short, yes. But, why does that make it so important? When we fast we put our bodies through stress, and stress is bad. You knew that. But the way we respond to stress is different from how our body does, mind and body, son. While we (the Mind, figuratively) turn into a flabbergasted, tight chested, heave monster. Our bodies store fat, yep. The body does this with the aid of a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is a steroidal hormone that protects the body from external or internal stresses (Fight or Flight). The only combatant to Cortisol is Insulin. So, we (The Mind) must eat this breakfast to increase the amount of Insulin in our bloodstream to annihilate the inhabited Cortisol. So we can lose that belly fat, so we can feel better, so we don’t have to wear t-shirts in a public pool.
So, next you may be asking “What should I eat?” That’s up to you, big guy; breakfast tends to be the only meal that is forgiving on the body. You know the mantra: I’ve got all day to burn it off. Does that mean you could eat donut sandwiches? No, while your body may be anticipating beginning metabolizing and energizing. You should take this opportunity to give your body something worthwhile to fuel up on. Not frozen pizza, or kid’s cereal (that’s just sugar with a hint of grain), or donut sandwiches (whatever they are). Breakfast in the TEG household consists of 6 eggs (5 egg whites and 1 whole), protein powder, ½ cup of oatmeal with blueberries (refer to image), milk, an apple and a banana. We usually cover about 1000 calories when it’s all said and done. Do you need to eat this much? No, unless you’re an active person who has a strenuous workout regimen. We exercise every day of the week, 6 days of resistance training and on our rest day we play soccer. If you’re like us, a breakfast like this is sufficient. If you’re a casual athlete, or weekend warrior, or whatever, cut it down to however you see fit. Remember, there’s an old saying that you should eat like a king at breakfast, a prince at lunch, and a pauper at dinner. In other words, a big breakfast, not so big lunch, and a not so-not so big dinner. Eating like a king all day is what we call bulking…but that’s a topic for another day.
I hope this helps, my friends. Just remember that breakfast should be consumed within 2 hours upon waking, and this is the first source of fuel your body has for the day so make it count!