Nutrition experts are always raving about how important it is to eat breakfast. They say that it is vital to eating properly, to jump starting your metabolism, and to losing weight effectively. At the same time, it can be very hard to believe that eating breakfast is doing your diet any favors when all you can do is think about food all morning after you’ve had it.
It can feel as though the larger your breakfast is, the more hungry you become shortly after you eat it. This can be one of the biggest struggles that dieters face, as they try not to skip meals, but then find their stomach grumbling only an hour or two after they’ve eaten.
There are a number of reasons that this happens, and, fortunately, once you know them, there are also a number of ways that you can overcome them so that you can stop driving yourself to overeat even before you reach your lunch break at work.
The top reason that hunger kicks in shortly after you’ve eaten breakfast is that you have likely not eaten enough calories. The meal that you eat first thing in the morning should contain between 300 and 400 calories. When you’re trying to lose weight, the odds are that you have slashed that back to try to save more calories for the meals that you want to eat later in the day. You can do that, as long as you still try to aim for the 300 to 350 range and no lower. If you work out first thing in the morning, try to stay within the 350 to 400 range.
By giving yourself that number of calories, you’ll give your body the energy that it needs and it won’t feel as though you are starving it of something that it actually requires in order to function properly. Those ranges should provide you with enough food that a small snack will be all you need to carry you over until lunchtime.
Aside from calorie count, you also need to make sure that you are giving yourself the right balance of nutrients. Protein is especially important for helping you to maintain a fuller feeling over a longer period of time. If all you’re eating is a bowl of bran flakes, then you likely aren’t receiving much protein, other than what the milk is providing. While the fiber will be helpful, try to combine fiber and lean protein in your breakfasts for the ideal balance. A very good breakfast balance would contain between 13 and 20 grams of protein, 10 to 15 grams of good fats, and 40 to 55 grams of carbohydrates.