Due to the hectic schedules of business people, their health and nutrition gets sidelined. The most important meal of the day, breakfast, is often skipped to read early morning emails and get a head start in work. A busy person would then over eat after work to supplement what he or she has nutritionally declined early in the morning. Both of these habits need to be stopped due to a couple of reasons. First of all, breakfast eaters are thinner and more energized throughout the day. Without getting too much on the details, breakfast stabilizes the blood sugar in our body. If we eat too little, our blood sugar gets low which causes our body to burn lean muscle and store fat. While over-eating increases blood sugar levels which causes excesses that turns into fat if not burned.
Blood sugar stabilization also affects energy. If we eat a carbohydrate loaded meal (which to be honest, most meals are carbo loaded) our blood sugar increases, then declines after two hours. Our energies are then drained which causes us to feel sleepy at the unholy hours of 3pm.
Another health benefit of eating right is looking good. As weâ€™ve discussed, stable blood sugar levels affect how our bodies store fat. If you eat the right foods, youâ€™ll burn fat and prevent extra sugar to be stored in your body. Having a healthier body image results to more confidence and a more positive outlook.
Do you want to know how to be successful through health? Then follow these tips.
Eat a Balanced Meal
We all have been taught early on that we should all eat a balanced diet. But we were so young that we didnâ€™t really understand the importance of eating meals that composed of Protein, Carbohydrates, and Fat. Again, itâ€™s all about blood sugar stabilization. Our body evolved to a point where it can detect if what weâ€™re eating is junk food and just sugary garbage. If we continue to eat these things, our body will think that we donâ€™t have the proper sources for healthier food. The body then enters crisis mode which stores the fat â€œfor emergency situationsâ€. Our energy level also becomes low if we eat only processed carbohydrate rich foods like cereal and pop tarts. Protein is better because itâ€™s tough to digest, giving us energy throughout the morning until lunch. Fat packs the satiety feeling which keeps us full longer. Healthy sources of fat come from avocados, fish, butter (in right amounts), cheese, and milk. Good carb sources include fruits, veggies, and whole grains. They are also necessary because they our first hand sources for quick energy.
Donâ€™t Skip Breakfast
Youâ€™ve been sleeping for 6-7 hours and the last time you ate was the left over pizza that you devoured 8 hours ago. Upon waking up, some people donâ€™t really go hungry instantly. But your body has been food absent for 7 hours, even if you donâ€™t feel hungry, eat something. Remember, it should be balanced. A good example of a food combination is a slice of bread with peanut butter and jelly, a banana, and eggs. Not that too hard to prepare and eat right? You can also eat other nutritional foods like meat, fruits, nuts, rice, and whole wheat cereal. Eat any food combination you want as long as itâ€™s healthy and balanced.
Eat When Youâ€™re Hungry
If you get used to eating healthy food regularly, youâ€™ll be able to anticipate when youâ€™re going to get hungry which is about 3-4 hours after every meal. And thereâ€™s nothing wrong with eating a light snack in between the major meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner). Eating small portions of food in between meals keeps us from getting really hungry. If we get to the point of being really hungry, then our energy levels will be low (we wonâ€™t function optimally in work) and there is a higher chance for over eating.
Now, a simple overview: Skipping meals, bad. Overeating, bad. Snacks, breakfast, and complete meals, good.