When you want to lose weight, the first thing you examine is your eating habits. What type of food are you eating? When is the best time to eat? Your body has specific needs. Once you know those needs, you can use them to your advantage in your goal to lose weight and get fit.
If you’re doing an early-morning regimen like a Michigan’s Adventure Boot Camp, there are a number of things to keep in mind. When you wake up at 5:00 AM, your body hasn’t gotten any food to fuel your morning workout since before you went to bed the previous night. If you go from zero to sixty without eating, you’re not giving your body the right message to burn fat reserves. If you work hard without breakfast, your body starts breaking down the amino acids in your muscles and converting them to glucose. Instead of breaking down muscles to rebuild them stronger and leaner, you steal the building blocks needed to build new muscle. Your energy is coming from your muscles instead of your fat. A quick, easily digestible fuel like a protein shake makes a better start to any workout.
So, it’s 6:30 and your workout is over. You’re getting ready to start your day. When do you eat again? What do you eat? That protein shake that you had before your workout has a twin. Mind you, it’s a fraternal twin since post-workout shake also needs a carbohydrate to compliment the protein. The carbohydrates are an easily-digestible sugar that keeps your energy level high after a good workout, and the protein keeps you going until your next meal.
That’s takes care of breakfast, but what about the rest of the day? Just as a car needs a steady, constant intake of fuel to continue running, your body needs a steady, constant intake of food. Rather than alternating between periods of gorging on meals and fasting in between, your body needs small, consistent meals all day. Complex foods like proteins, fiber, and complex carbohydrates are better choices than simple carbohydrates.
It’s okay to grab a bowl of cereal, but make sure it’s high in fiber. It’s better to grab a snack of low fat cheese and wheat crackers rather than wait that hour and a half until dinnertime. Your body was designed to know what it needs, when it needs it, and it will tell you.