Why You Shouldn’t Skip Breakfast

Some describe it as the most important meal of the day. To others it is something that is better left skipped in an effort to lose weight.  But which is the truth?  Is breakfast a must eat or something you can safely ignore? 

This may surprise you by fat loss studies have shown that eating breakfast will actually help you to lose weight!  Obviously we are not talking about a calorie and fat laden fry up here, but a healthy cereal or some yoghurt and fruit can set you up for the day, help stop you from feeling hungry. 

Why does this work? 

How a Breakfast Helps You Lose Weight 

1. When you sleep your body’s metabolism also sleeps.  Your calorie burning slows down.  To bump start it you need to eat, otherwise your body will be in permanent ‘starvation mode’ and you will be using less calories to do simple things.  This can add up to make a big difference.

2. By eating when you get up and before you are hungry you are less likely to eat a lot at lunch time – as your body will already have been provided with some of the fuel that it needs.  By having breakfast you stop yourself from needing to ‘pig out’ at lunch, which is often the hardest meal to do healthy – with eating out when in the office etc.

3. You stop yourself snacking.  Having an instant hit of energy that continues throughout the day you are far less likely to snack than if you skip and start feeling peckish.  Considering how unhealthy many snacks are that is an important difference.

4. A good size breakfast stops you thinking from about food.  You eat more when you think about food – that is why dieting can be so hard, it is always on your mind.  If you eat breakfast it is far less likely to be playing on your mind throughout the day.

Using Intermittent Fasting For Fat Loss

So you decided to lose some weight, huh?

I know you might be a little scared about it, but let me tell you, it’s not as bad as it seems. Seriously.

In this short article I will talk to you about how Intermittent fasting will help you to drop fat easily and quickly. You might have heard about this particular form of fasting, but let’s start with talking about what it is.

So, What Is Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting usually means that you don’t eat anything for a portion of your day and only drink water and then you eat normally for the rest of the day. For instance 20/4 is a type of shorthand used in this type of fasting that means that you’re going to be fasting for 20 hours and then you’re going to have a period of non fasting. Makes sense?

How Is This Helpful To You?

Well, it does a few great things for your health. Let me list them here:

1. It strengthens your self control – when you decide you’re not going to eat and stick to it, you’re definitely going to come out of it stronger and you’re going to believe you can do almost anything. It’s really great.

2. Your body gets used to the regime – this is pretty self explanatory. When you eat regularly during similar time periods, you’re going to tell your body “this is when we eat, and this is when we don’t eat”. Before you know it, you’re only going to get hungry during the “eating periods”

3. You’ll live longer – studies show that if you fast regularly, you’ll actually live longer.

These are just some of the reasons for you to try out intermittent fasting. It’s really a great way to drop fat easily and it’s very beneficial as I listed above. You have to remember that you can in fact drink water as you fast. As you probably know, water will not make you fatr, so there is no problem drinking it.

So, How Do You Get Started?

Fasting can be dangerous for some people so you should start slow and take it easy at first. You don’t want to faint while going to work, do you? Just fast for 12 hours and see how you take it. If everything is ok, you can prolong the period of fasting to 18 and then 20 hours. If you feel good about everything after fasting for 20 hours, then you should be fine. Also if you have any doubts, it might be good to see the doctor before you start. Also, make sure that you remember to not fast too often. This might cause some serious health problems.

Intermittent fasting is great for losing weight. It really is perfect if you need some quick results. I hope I got you a little more excited about your weight loss adventure.

The Importance of Goal Setting in Weight Loss

We are complicated creatures. We have a number of conflicting driving forces, from our natural, almost animal instincts to our often contradictory conscious decision making and wishes. It can be hard to motivate ourselves to keep going down one path – we tend to listen to different motivations at different times.

Sometimes the motivation to lose weight will be strong, and we won’t even be tempted by that tub of ice cream sitting in the freezer. Running out in the cold and rain will seem worth it. But then other times we wonder why we even care, we feel the call of chocolate or the sofa and it can be hard to resist.

Goal Setting and Weight Loss

With so much contradictory motivations causing us to act in certain ways how then do we keep ourselves focussed on trying to lose weight?

First of all let us say that you will slip up from any plan you put in place, it is human nature. Accept that it will happen and don’t give up on your weight loss plan when it does. Just get yourself back on track and accept that the slip up was part of the ‘journey’.

More important is goal setting. Goal setting falls into two different types.

1. Short term goals
2. Medium to long term goals

and both types are important to losing weight.

The long term goal is usually what makes us decide that we want to lose weight. The idea of losing 10lbs, 20lbs, 80lbs – whatever you may want, is what will trigger us to start in the first place… and so it is an important motivating factor.

From time to time, when you lose sight of why you are trying to lose weight, it is important to remember that long term goal. Remember what you wanted to look like, remember why you are doing this. Use it to keep yourself on track, to see the ‘bigger picture’, and remember it is the picture that is bigger – not you!

We are often motivated by the here and now though, which is why short term, achievable goals are so important in weight loss. A short term goal will help keep you from straying right now. Want to lose 2 or 3lbs this week? You know you won’t do it by reaching for the ice cream. So a short term goal is more likely to effect your decision making in the ‘here and now’.

What the goals are depends on you, what you are trying to achieve and how well you know your own mind and body. But 99% of the time goal setting is a powerful tool to help you stick to a weight loss regime, so don’t skip it out and decide on the general ‘I just want to lose weight’ idea instead – that won’t get you anywhere.