I’m a big believer in making hitting your daily macro totals the most important factor when losing fat, and don’t stress a whole lot over meal timings and frequency, but protein in your first meal of the day is one of my “rules.”
The reason for this?
1 – Protein does take longer to digest, so keeps you feeling fuller for longer.
I was in New York recently, and stopped off at a café for breakfast around 8am.
I really fancied some oats, so grabbed a bowl of porridge with berries, and thought – “I can’t be bothered with any protein today, I’ll make up for it later.”
Come 10am …
I. Was. Hungry
Actually, make that “Hangry.”
No protein = no bueno
2 – In terms of muscle protein synthesis (the speed at which your muscles uptake and turn over protein) you do want a decent dose of amino acids (the building blocks of protein) in every meal.
That means eating some form of protein around every 4 to 6 hours.
Following an overnight fast, you’re selling yourself short if you don’t get any protein in your first feeding.
Quit Making Breakfast so Damn Hard
We’re indoctrinated to think that breakfast is cereals, toast and fruit juice,
Or worse … a Snickers and a Red Bull on the way to work.
While there isn’t necessarily anything “bad” about that in the context of an overall healthy calorie and macro-controlled diet, for the average Joe and Jane just wanting some fat loss, it’s hardly the best start to the day.
Yet people are pretty anti protein at breakfast.
“I don’t have time.”
“I can’t stomach protein first thing.”
“I don’t know what to eat.”
“I only have 5 minutes to get ready before work.”
Okay, I hear you.
But two things –
1. Let’s say it does take 10 minutes longer to eat a protein-filled breakfast:
Is 10 minutes too much to give up every day to get better results?
2. Getting protein at breakfast really isn’t that hard.
Here are 7 super simple ways to do just that …
Check out this article for the details!