Why you should add breakfast to your weight loss regime this year
Today's Guest Blogger, Kristen James, CEO and Founder of Kristen James Fitness, LLC, a company that is focused on the client's physical, mental and overall wellness, was introduced to me by a friend of a friend a few months ago. Not only is Kristen a master teacher in the field of fitness and wellness, she has transformed, motivated and inspired thousands over the past 20 years with her results-oriented training approach. She is currently the Area Fitness Manager for the New York metro area for Equinox Fitness Clubs (my home gym!) where she is considered one of the most sought after cycling instructors. She teaches six days a week in addition to the work she does around the country involving sport specific training, weight training, post physical rehabilitation and much more.
Kristen's life is focused around fitness and health, which makes her the ideal candidate to talk to us today about why breakfast (my favorite meal of the day) is vitally important for our well being. Read below on Kristen's take on breakfast—it doesn't have to be complicated. Just get something into your system in the morning!
It’s a new year, how about a new breakfast?
I’m not one for New Year's resolutions. I’d rather create a new habit that will have an intense impact on my day and my overall life. If you’re one of those people who can't seem to get the breakfast “thing” down, I urge you to create your New Year's habit and "BREAK THE FAST.”
Breakfast sets your body up to either burn fat or store it throughout your day. The choices you make can have a major effect on your mood too. Choosing a high sugar cereal can lead to a spike in your blood sugar followed by a “crash and burn” effect as soon as you sit at your desk to work. Avoiding breakfast altogether never allows your body to start firing on all of the cylinders needed to get your organs functioning properly for the day.
Your breakfast choice can also impact your actions. You’ll perform better at work, at home, or in school by the shear fact that you’ve elevated your blood sugar up to normal from its low state while you were sleeping. What’s more, studies have shown that people who consume healthy breakfasts have lower body fat percentages because they reach for fewer calories throughout the day.
Nutritious choices at this one important meal can speed up your metabolism throughout the entire day. Your metabolism is like an inferno. While you sleep it pretty much turns off to conserve energy. If you don't add fuel to your fire, when you wake, you’ll never reach your fat burning potential!
Now that you know the impact this awesome meal can have, it’s up to you to make the right choices. Stay away from high sugar cereals including instant oatmeal, muffins, bagels, and greasy eggs or bacon. Reach for “clean” proteins and carbohydrates like egg whites, low fat cheese, whole grains, and fruit.
Here are some of my favorite breakfast picks: steel cut oats with fresh berries, whole wheat bread with a smear of natural peanut butter and jelly, Greek yogurt with ¼ cup low fat granola, 3 egg whites with low fat cheese and tomatoes.
On the go? No time? Is that your excuse? Easy! Take one of these portable breakfasts along with you in the car, on the train, or in your gym bag to eat after your morning workout: whole wheat bread with peanut butter and jelly, a protein bar (with less than 15 grams of sugar) and a piece of fruit, or hard boil eggs.
Rethink your breakfast today. You'll lose those stubborn excess pounds and keep your body lean and feeling strong. Eating your calories during the time of day that you needs them for fuel will help you avoid overeating at night. So plan today to "BREAK THE FAST!"
Here is a special clip for Girl on the Go's readers: Meet Kristen James and get her healthy tips on what to eat for breakfast.
Signing Off Breaking the Fast,
Renee & Kristen
Kristen James is the CEO & Founder of Kristen James Fitness, LLC, and is currently the Area Fitness Manager for the NY Metro Area for Equinox Fitness Clubs. Kristen is passionate about building a brand on social media, with a Youtube channel devoted to videos of her original workout programs. She is also an avid tweeter where she provides her followers tips on nutrition, wellness and motivation. Kristen has appeared on ABC New York, CBS New York and FOX 5. Kristen holds a Master’s Degree from Hofstra University in Physical Education with a concentration in Health and Wellness and has an undergraduate degree in Psychology.