The health coach shares the serious impact of skipping breakfast on your body
Sometimes you wake up ravenous. I’ll roll out of bed straight to the fridge to fix everything I can before I check my phone some mornings.
But other times, you might wake up and not even think about breakfast.
However, an expert has shared the serious impact that not eating in the morning can have on your body.
Nutritional therapist Justin Nolte. (@theclovisculture), who runs nutrition brand Clovis, responded to a fan who asked her why it was bad to skip eating in the morning “if you’re not hungry.”
This is actually “a really important signal from your body,” he says.
And it’s really important to eat that morning meal, whether you think you want it or not.
NHS advice on ‘healthy eating’ also includes: ‘Don’t skip breakfast’.
Although it may also be because they are not particularly complaining, people tend to do it because they think it will help with weight loss.
However, the health service explains: “But a healthy breakfast, high in fibre, low in fat, sugar and salt, can form part of a balanced diet, and can help you get the nutrients you need for good health.”
Not feeling hungry in the morning may mean there’s a “metabolic adaptation in the wrong direction,” says Justin.
“There’s a lot of talk online about fasting and intermittent fasting and how your hunger disappears,” he says.
“This is not a good thing – hunger is one of our basic basic survival instincts.”
The coach explains that this is “not a bad thing” and we should stop looking at it that way.
“So, if you’re not hungry early in the morning, that’s a sure sign that you should start eating when you first wake up,” he continues.
Clovis recommends eating 30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking up, likely a few eggs plus some protein powder, which may not be appropriate for everyone.
“But you want to start getting your protein first thing in the morning to jump-start your metabolism,” he adds.
On the other hand, the NHS recommends: “Eating low-sugar wholegrain cereals with semi-skimmed milk and cut fruit on top is a delicious and healthy breakfast.”
The UK Dietitians Association also says: “Research has shown that people who eat breakfast have a more balanced diet than those who skip it, are less likely to be overweight, and lose weight more successfully if they are overweight. The risk of developing certain diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.”
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