Breakfast: Get a weight loss kick-start to the day

‘All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast’, said John Gunther

Though we all know the importance of this statement, most of us rush through breakfast and many of us even skip it. How we envy those people who are able to sit at the table and have a long leisurely breakfast with their family!

Why is this meal called breakfast? It is so called because we fast all through the night and what we eat in the morning ‘breaks’ the ‘fast’. And another thing, never gobble your breakfast up ‘fast’. I feel it is the most important meal of the day which sets the trend of the day for you. Better treat it with respect!

This is probably the easiest way to maintain your health and prevent illness. Then again many of us would vouch for the feel good factor that is created at the breakfast table when the whole family is together at the beginning of the day! This feel-good factor is another easy way to maintain good health and good relationships.

If you miss out on breakfast it disrupts your metabolic cycle and makes you lose control over your hunger. By lunch-time your appetite will increase and become uncontrollable, increasing the food intake thus triggering obesity.

Eat your breakfast within 45 minutes to 1 hour of waking up. Waiting for longer than that will invariably cause acidity. It is important to remember that the body metabolism starts only after you eat something.

So don’t shock your body into metabolism with tea or coffee or any caffeinated product.

What do we eat? Try to eat foods which are low in Glycaemic Index (GI), such as vegetables and fruits which make the stomach feel full longer, and prevent the urge to snack unnecessarily.

Foods with high GI such as bread and flour should be avoided at all costs because it makes you hungry quickly.

Type of food with high GI are fit only to be consumed after heavy physical activity, because at that time the body does require a quick source of energy to digest.

There is no definite limit or guideline as to the amount of breakfast to be consumed because each person’s need differs depending on age, activity and weight. But as a benchmark, I would suggest 25% of caloric needs should be met at breakfast. If the average person needs 2,000 calories a day, then at least 500 calories must exist in the breakfast menu.

So make breakfast the meal that sets the tone of your day – healthy, hearty and energetic.

Have a beautiful day!

Mickey Mehta. The author is India’s Leading Holistic Health Guru

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