So it’s the second week back in the gym...you’ve hopefully settled into your new fitness programme and doing well with your healthy eating plans.
It’s important to get your nutrition in check so that all the work you do in the gym isn’t wasted by eating too much of the wrong things.
Breakfast plays a HUGE part of good nutrition and it’s worrying how many people don’t make time for it.
It takes 3 days for your body to get used to eating early in the morning...so no more “I can’t eat that early” excuses!
For us gym bunnies...breakfast must be based around protein and here’s why!
1. What does Protein do?
Protein is a building block of cells needed for healthy skin, nails, muscles (that’s us guys), cartilage and blood. Protein helps to build and repair bodily tissues, and it is used to produce hormones and enzymes
2. Why eat Protein?
When you eat protein for breakfast, you will feel more energized and ready to take on your day. You are also more likely to feel full longer, which can lead to fewer hunger pangs, less late night snacking and weight loss.
3. Is it really that important?
Studies have focused on employee productivity and the attention patterns of children in relation to their morning eating habits. The energy and mental focus benefits of a high-protein breakfast aren't only felt in the morning, but extend through the afternoon as well.
4. What about Eggs?
Eggs may help lower cholesterol, are a good source of choline, which is essential for a healthy brain and nervous system & reduces inflammation among those with heart disease, diabetes or osteoporosis. Yes they contain fat but we all know we are NOT fans of “Low fat” eating.
5. What about Nuts?
Nuts and seeds are a great source of protein. They are also rich in fibre and antioxidants. Sprinkle some flaxseed or almonds on your oatmeal. Add pumpkin seeds or pecans to your cereal or yogurt.
So if you don’t eat breakfast you NEED to start!
Combining good protein sources with fat and carbohydrates will set you up for the day and get you closer to those fitness goals.
“You have to force your body to change...if you don’t you won’t see results”