Wednesday, October 7, 2015

POWER BREAKFASTS

                         



 A question I get asked a lot about fitness after people have known me for a long time is “How do you do it?”  I usually tell people that they just need to take the first step and it will eventually become a lifestyle; of course that usually helps but that’s not all there is to it. A fit lifestyle is something that requires a lot of self-discipline, determination, perseverance and dedication. 



As I list these values, another lifestyle that’s closely related to them is the one a Christian lives. Having a relationship with God is something that requires you to deny yourself every day because there’s a goal, you need to be disciplined enough to say no to momentary pleasure no matter how tempting it may look because you know that it is something that’ll most likely leave you bitter and filled with regret.

Ever heard of the saying "you can't out train a bad diet", what that means is that no matter how many hours you crunch out at the gym, there's going to be a limit to your progress if your diet sucks. The word diet here doesn't necessarily mean that you eat only 1000 calories a day; a diet is just a change in the way you usually eat, kind of like deviating from the norm. As contradicting as it sounds, you need to eat if you want to lose fat; the body is very smart and it takes into account just about everything its owner does. 
Like I said earlier, the body is very smart. The body requires energy to keep it moving and functioning which it usually gets from the nutrients in your food, carbohydrates are a source of energy that the body usually runs on and sometimes proteins when the carbohydrates run out. What do you think the body relies on when this two run out? What the body does when it notices that it doesn't have enough energy is that it starts to store the fat from the food you eat as an energy reserve just in case it doesn't have any energy to expend when the carbohydrates and protein run out. I'm sure you’re like, well if it’s going to be spent then there's no problem and that is very wrong. Expending energy is not the only thing your body was made for, it also needs fuel to maintain bodily functions and keep you alive so yes that fat starts to accumulate in your body in order to perform other functions. The reverse is also the case in terms of carbohydrates, if you have carbohydrate nutrients in surplus of what the body actually needs, that also gets stored as fat. 
So how do we avoid any of these two scenarios? The key is to eat smart and balanced. Know when to eat the nutrients that your body requires. Carbohydrates are not the devil but you need to eat them only when necessary, which is why we're going to talk about breakfasts. A lot of people are in the habit of skipping breakfast because of busy schedules and other things. The body doesn't go to sleep with you when you sleep, it still runs functions that help to keep you alive and requires a lot of energy so when you finally wake up, you need to feed it so it doesn't drop dead or start storing your fat. The best nutrient to eat when you wake up is carbohydrates, carbs; because when you wake up, your blood sugar is low and needs to be replenished. You also need energy to expend if you have a busy day ahead of you, all of which come from carbs. 


             

                           



These are very good examples of what I eat for breakfast, I get whole grains or carbs from the pancakes and whole wheat toast. I also have proteins and fruits with my breakfast, the proteins repair worn out tissues from working out and I'm trying to increase my fruit and vegetable intake so I have them with every meal. The pancake breakfast doesn't have a visible fruit but I did make the mix myself which included a banana. Start your day with the right kind of breakfast and watch yourself be more productive.






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