Sugar is one of the top 5 most addictive substances so it's no wonder we struggle to resist it! The best way to do this is to keep blood sugar levels even throughout the day.
We get our energy from carbohydrates mainly. To absorb carbohydrate the body must break it down to single sugar molecules, (blood glucose) which can then be used or stored for energy. Insulin is secreted into the blood stream in direct proportion to the amount of sugar consumed. This then allows the sugar from your last meal to get stored, primarily in your muscles then a little in your liver and any excess will get converted to fat. The trick is to consume carbohydrates that are absorbed slowly and that don’t have large amounts of energy in them. This will keep energy levels stable with a steady stream of blood glucose without storing it as fat. Compare a piece of broccoli to a piece of chocolate. Both get broken down to single sugar molecules but one takes a long time and doesn’t have as much sugar, the other will get absorbed extremely quickly with a lot more sugar in it.
Breakfast plays a massive role in what you eat for the rest of the day. Cereal for breakfast or no breakfast results in big peaks and troughs in energy levels, fat storage and makes it very hard to make healthy choices for the rest of the day. A balanced protein, fat and slow release carb breakfast however, will keep you feeling full for hours, keep a steady energy level, make healthy choices during the day easier and not store fat.
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So what do you have for breakfast?