How to Avoid The Mid-Morning Nibble


Egg on Whole Grain with Tomato and Arugula

People who are in a rush, on the go, or simply dislike mornings may often skip breakfast to save time. But this time saver can wreak havoc on your ability to lose weight and keep your metabolism running as it should. While it seems like eating less food would cause more weight loss, our bodies work off a system of metabolism that demands regular intake of calories to maintain energy use and to continue taking off excess pounds.

When we stop eating, our body goes into a conservation mode, slowing down processing and energy use and not burning calories or that excess fat. In order to keep going, keep up energy, keep up brainpower, and still lose weight, we need to fuel our bodies regularly with healthy, real food. Further not eating - or eating the wrong foods - just makes you feel hungry again too soon leading to calorie binging and poor food choices.

So what's the solution? Energy bars may seem like a quick, easy way to eat in the morning, but many energy bars are high in calories and low in important nutrients that you need to feel full longer. Processed cereals and other fast food style options also often have the same problem. A healthy breakfast that will help you avoid feeling hungry longer needs both protein and high fiber. With these two nutrients combined, you will feel fuller longer and be able to avoid snacking all morning. Eggs, fresh fruit, nuts, and vegetables all have fiber and protein to meet these needs.

A little quick preparation the night before will make a grab-and-go breakfast for even the most hurried worker rushing out the door. For more tips on eating real foods to manage your weight while restoring your good health, visit the Recipes section of the Metabolic Research Center website. Our staff and clients love to share food ideas that can help you lose weight and keep it off for good.

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