Can someone who hates mornings learn to love them?
New research have come to light that claim you can actually think yourself skinny! Well, in a way… The study by the Colombia Business School in New York – known as the Milkshake Study – found that food label information taken in by our brains can then determine how hard our metabolism works.
Huge amounts of people religiously study labelling in a bid to determine if the product is fattening and unhealthy. The findings suggest that this information aids to speed up a person’s metabolism when they believe they are consuming something very indulgent and high in calories – regardless of how fattening the product actually is. In contrast, it also slow down when they we eat something we believe to be low in calories.
This research means it is not just actual calorie consumption, but also perceived calorie consumption, that influences the body’s rate of metabolism. So, the best way to lose weight might be to eat food that is very low in calories but which we believe to be high in calories. In other words, trick yourself slim!
We’ve always been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Whether that be advice drilled into us from our parents, dieticians or nutritionists – or perhaps you’re like us here at SheSaid and know that without a decent breakfast your mind just simply cannot function (cue fumbling typos and misplacing anything and everything).
So it’s interesting that even with all this in mind, with there being such a focus on the ‘health and fitness’ trend at the moment – kale chips, 5:2 diets and juice detoxes – that there is still so many of us that choose to skip breakfast. But, why?
We all have our excuses, from ‘I don’t have time’ or ‘I just don’t feel hungry in the morning’ to ‘but I’ll grab a coffee, that’ll get me through till lunch’. If you’re a regular (or even occasional) breakfast skipper, it’s time to change your habits! At the new recipe Special K launch, dietician Nicole Senior and author, columnist and mum-to-be Zoe Foster Blake gave us the scoop on the importance of always having a healthy, balanced breakfast. Here’s why:
1. Stay fuller for longer, fight the cravings and stop the unnecessary snacking
Nicole says that having a breakfast full of protein, grains, dairy and fruit will keep you feeling fuller for longer. This means no more sneaky snacking throughout the day to add to those unwanted extra kilos. If you’re a person short on time, try organising your breakfast the night before, or opt for a simple bowl of cereal topped with your favourite seasonal fruit.
2. Be a healthier, happier you
Look after your body by not depriving it of the essential nutrients it wants, needs and desires. It is now even easier than ever to ensure your body is fuelled and ready for the day ahead – there is a huge range of breakfast options out there packed full of goodness, find something that works for you and that suits your lifestyle. People who eat breakfast everyday have a better nutrient intake than those who don’t, so by not skipping breakfast it will allow you to stay focused and on track to becoming a healthier you.
3. Boost that metabolism
By having a regular healthy breakfast it gets your body into routine to jump-start your metabolism first thing in the morning. This ultimately means that that you are more likely to maintain a healthier weight and lifestyle than someone who skips breakfast regularly. When you skip a meal, your body starts to feel starved and in turn, this slows down your metabolism. This has a negative effect on your body and can make it even harder if you’re trying to lose weight. By having a balanced breakfast, it gives your body the boost it needs to start each day motivated and allows your body to utilise it’s energy levels productively as the day goes on.
Do you start the day with breakfast, or do you skip breakfast?