The number one trick sumo wrestlers employ to gain weight is skipping breakfast. It slows down metabolism because our bodies mistakenly think we are starving. We operate on a lower level both physically and mentally and, therefore, we require less food, shuttling “extra” calories into fat stores.
We often hear that a “balanced breakfast” is the most important meal of the day, but we do not often hear why. Because of this, many people eat food that does not provide the benefits promised or they skip it entirely. A balanced breakfast includes protein, carbohydrates and healthy fat. Plenty of water upon waking is also key.
As we grab our breakfast on the go, we may overlook balance in favor of quick energy. A plain bagel increases our blood sugar after all night without food and provides us with a quick blast of energy. But it then leaves us lacking energy later in the afternoon and may even result in snack food cravings at night. Adding a good source of protein, such as eggs, fish,meat, poultry, dairy products or beans, to breakfast may end those afternoon doldrums. It may also eliminate the need for the post-lunch caffeine pickme- up.
Stumped on protein ideas for breakfast? We can borrow a few from other cultures: Scandinavians eat cold salmon and herring, Japanese have fish and miso soup, and other cultures have chapatti with mushy peas, a member of the protein-rich legume family.
If you have lived most of your life avoiding breakfast, it may feel strange to start. However, like anything, a little practice will allow your stomach to adapt. Besides, you may also have the added benefits of extra energy all day and a trimmer waistline.