February 20, 2011
Breakfast can be confusing.
For example, I used to tell all the people I coach for weight loss or fitness that for optimizing fat loss and human performance, eating a big breakfast as soon as you get out of bed in the morning is very important, since it can help sustain energy, mood and appetite.
But now, I’m a proponent of delaying breakfast for one to two hours after you wake up, and trying to squeeze in an easy, aerobic exercise session while you’re in that morning “fasted” state.
It can be confusing when nutritionists and dietitians “change” their recommendations – but over the course of learning more about breakfast and watching how people’s weight and energy responds to it, I simply haven’t found much evidence that prioritizing breakfast “first thing” assists with weight loss or energy levels, and delaying it actually causes weight loss benefits and better utilization of carbohydrates.
And that’s not all that can be confusing about breakfast.
Take granola, for example. Is granola healthy?
If you’re gluten intolerant or prone to blood sugar fluctuations, the wheat, oats and sugar in granola may not be ideal. In addition, lots of granola is packed with vegetable oils and preservatives, which can be inflammatory.
But if you’re making the switch from eating Peanut Butter Captain Crunch for breakfast, a granola or muesli might be a pretty good choice.
So…what confuses you about nutrition?
Protein and fats, like eggs and sausage – are they OK?
What about cooking in butter vs. olive oil vs. coconut oil?
Or Wheaties vs. Special K vs. plain oatmeal?
Leave your comments, questions and confusions below, and stay tuned for a post next week that answers your questions about breakfast!