Fuel Your Body Early and Often

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We follow a general plan of eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Still, as we become more and more invested in our health and wellness, many articles have suggested skipping breakfast, eating smaller portions, or eating less or more of one thing is better for your body.

It’s a complicated issue. However, we believe that consistency is crucial when it comes to eating well, so your body doesn’t have to keep guessing on how to fuel your day.

Research has shown that eating breakfast (plus regular meals throughout the day), can provide the following benefits for you:

  • Boosting energy
  • Combating stress
  • Controlling mood swings
  • Improving concentration
  • Increasing your metabolism
  • Minimizing fatigue
  • Preventing overeating
  • Regulating blood sugar

On the other hand, we want to highlight the necessity of keeping a regular schedule of how often you eat. For example, skipping breakfast every few days or jumping onto different diets hurts your body more than helps.

If you are struggling with staying consistent, below are suggestions that help keep you on track for a properly fueled day.

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Eat a protein-rich breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up to help you jump-start your metabolism early and improve your meal choices throughout the day.

Plan your meals. Having a plan is more efficient than winging it, and one suggestion is eating “three for three”. Plan three meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with three snacks and eat them each roughly three hours apart. You will be eating often enough throughout the day without having to make unhealthy decisions based on your hunger levels. However, don’t be intimidated or stressed about having to eat every 3 hours. If you already have a plan on when to eat that works for you, stick with it.

Sip to sustain your hydration. Besides eating a healthy breakfast, hydration improves your productivity and reduces your stress. Aim to drink half your body weight in fl oz of water, so for a 165-pound person, that’s 85 ounces of water or other hydrating beverages each day.

Anschutz Health and Wellness Center