They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but if you're not including one particular ingredient, you might not be giving your metabolism as much of a kick-start as it deserves.
As registered dietician Rachel Clarkson - who's working in partnership with Swisse Me - explains, "fuelling your body with food in the morning kick starts your metabolism". It's why she would never recommend going without breakfast - even if that means eating on the move.
"Long periods without food can slow down your metabolism so I always like to encourage my clients to not skip breakfast in the morning. Breakfast gives you energy for the rest of the day," Rachel tells Cosmopolitan. "When you wake your energy stores are low, so eating breakfast will replenish these stores in order you have optimum energy for the rest of the morning."
According to the dietitian, breakfast should provide you with "a medley of macronutrients", including "protein, carbs, healthy fats, fibre, vitamins and minerals". But one of those macronutrients is a particular hero when it comes to breakfast: fibre.
"Eating a breakfast that contains fibre will help support boosting your metabolism even more," notes Rachel. Your metabolism is the rate at which what your body burns food into energy, so if you want optimum energy and minimum fat being stored, you'll want to speed up your metabolism in any way you can.
Rachel's recommendations for a balanced breakfast (with lots of fibre!) include:
- Rolled porridge oats with skimmed or fortified soya milk with a handful of berries and seeds
- Low sugar, high fibre cereal such as all bran with low fat Greek yogurt, one chopped plum, and cinnamon
- A poached egg on whole grain toast with half an avocado and cherry tomatoes
- Chai seed pudding made with low fat greek yogurt, unsweetened fortified almond milk nut butter and a chopped dates
There's no 'set' time after you wake up within which you should eat breakfast, explains the dietitian - but the sooner you eat, the quicker the burst of energy you'll get. Maybe that's a healthier alternative to downing a mug of coffee first thing?
Rachel Clarkson, aka 'The DNA Dietitian', is a registered dietitian working on London's Harley Street.
H/T Cosmo UK