Just make sure lean protein is king.
According to conventional nutritional wisdom, “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.” This was deemed especially good advice for those with weight to lose.
Imagine my shock when I read the latest study in Nutrition Journal trying to disprove this time-honored advice.
Following close to 400 people and what they reported eating at each meal, researchers discovered that those who ate a big breakfast consumed, on average, 400 more calories a day than the rest of the study volunteers.
Dr. Volker Schustziarra, a nutritional specialist in Munich, Germany, found that “People ate the same at lunch and dinner, regardless of what they had for breakfast.” In other words, eating a big breakfast doesn’t stave off hunger later in the day—it just means you eat more!
But does it?
It’s About Quality, Not Quantity
If you take a look at what study participants actually ate, based on their food diaries, you’ll see how the research is slightly flawed!
For example, some people ate cornflakes, a processed cereal with a glycemic index higher than jelly beans. Well-recognized and accepted, the glycemic index shows the rate at which various carbs break down as sugar or glucose into the bloodstream. Foods with a high glycemic index cause a rapid rise in blood sugar followed by a rise in insulin that consequently results in a depletion of blood sugar, loss of energy and concentration, and…renewal of food cravings.
No wonder the cereal eaters weren’t full for long.
Others participants ate fatty sausage, while others ate bread—another high glycemic food—and cheese. Though these breakfast foods do contain some blood sugar-stabilizing protein, they’re also high in saturated fats and preservatives—likely contributing to sluggishness and a subsequent need to refuel at lunch and dinner.
The key here is not what the participants ate—but what they didn’t eat. Lean protein and the right carbs can make a big difference because foods with a low glycemic index are slow-acting and release glucose into the blood stream slowly, but surely, killing hunger.
A Tale of Two Hormones
The right protein stimulates the production of the pancreatic hormone, glucagon—which opposes the hormone insulin. Glucagon’s main job is to unlock or mobilize stored fat for use as a fuel source.
If you eat too many fast-acting carbs—particularly those like bread and corn flakes that rapidly turn into simple sugars—insulin levels rise, blocking glucagon. This sets off a blood-sugar roller coaster ride. Instead, eat lean, complete proteins, along with the right, slow-acting carbs, to promote weight loss by burning body fat for energy.
My Fat Flush offers menus with a variety of lean protein choices at breakfast—omega-3-enriched eggs, low-fat cottage cheese or yogurt, and vegetable-based and whey protein powders.
These lean breakfast foods not only raise metabolism by 25%, but are also crucial to cleansing. Your liver needs protein to produce the enzymes necessary to break down toxins into water-soluble substances for excretion—essential for detox dieting.
Protein is also crucial to prevent water retention, bloated tissue, and cravings. More importantly, it provides the building blocks for muscle. Pound for pound, muscle burns five times as many calories as other tissue. The body requires protein (think fish, lean meat, poultry, protein powder, beans, and tofu) at just about every meal—but especially the first one of the day—to set metabolism straight.
Breakfast to Go
For those who are too busy to cook in the morning but still want the metabolism-raising perks of protein, then smoothies are the way to go.
The Smoothie Shakedown program was originally designed as a fast-food Fat Flush with smoothies as the main ingredient. A two-week turbo-charged program, it will get rid of belly fat—and you’ll maintain high energy levels, so you won’t feel tired or hungry.
Each smoothie contains:
• Powerful protein to stabilize blood sugar, support liver detoxification, and fight hunger.
• The right carbs for slower burning and longer lasting fuel.
• Essential fats for long-term satiety and overall wellness.
So, tomorrow morning, don’t eat like a king or pauper—eat like a Fat Flusher.