By now, most of us have learned the basics of any medical weight loss plan. The idea is to eat fewer calories than you burn through daily activity, so that your body is forced to tap into fat stores for energy. So you might believe that skipping meals could be one handy weight loss trick, particularly skipping breakfast.
But actually, the reverse is true for most of us. Studies have repeatedly shown that people who eat breakfast actually eat fewer calories over the course of each day, particularly calories from saturated fat and cholesterol. But why is that?
Set yourself up for medical weight loss success.
As you’ve learned, your metabolism is the key to weight loss success. But when you first wake up in the morning, after fasting all night while you sleep, your blood sugar and energy levels will be quite low. If you don’t eat breakfast, blood sugar levels tend to keep dropping, and most of us experience low energy and cravings for unhealthy foods. You will feel tempted to skip your morning workout, and might indulge in tempting foods based on simple carbohydrates (sugars and white flours, like donuts).
By contrast, those who eat breakfast are more likely to feel satiated throughout the day. They snack less often and eat smaller meals at night. Plus, more energy means more successful workouts.
But what you eat does matter!
Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should indulge in just any old food as soon as you wake up in the morning. Remember to balance your breakfast with plenty of protein, some complex carbs, and a bit of healthy (unsaturated) fats. This mix of nutrients will keep your blood sugar levels more even throughout the day, helping you to feel full but also energetic enough for your daily activities.
And as always, remember that we’re here to help you plan all of your meals. Call us to discuss a medical weight loss plan, and show you how to meet your goals and then maintain your new weight for life.