You already know breakfast is the most important meal of the day and perhaps you congratulate yourself every time you resist the temptation to dig into a bowl of Frosted Flakes. But there’s one supremely healthy food that you may be adding to your oatmeal, smoothie, or eating on its own in the morning that isn’t doing your body any favors, especially if your goal is to get fit and maintain an optimum level of energy throughout the day. And, no, it isn’t the raisins in your sugary bowl of raisin bran.
“The infamous banana, it’s the worst food to have as breakfast,” says personal trainer Nikki Storm.”People reach for bananas as the morning ‘golden standard’ for diet, especially those who need to eat on the fly. The fact is bananas are very high on the glycemic index and are rich in potassium. They spike insulin very quickly, causing highs and lows in mood and energy levels. The high levels of sugar are not quickly metabolized and essentially get stored as fat in the body. Bananas for breakfast are not such a good idea.”
And there’s another problem with kicking off your day with a banana breakfast, Storm says. Because the high sugar content disrupts your insulin flow, you will be craving sugar pretty much all day as the body seeks to restore balance.
“A better time to eat a banana is within 45 minutes after a very intense workout, where muscle glycogen needs to be replenished in order not to spare vital fat burning muscle,” Storm says.
Of course you’re wondering what a health-conscious trainer with an encyclopedic knowledge of nutrition actually eats first thing in the morning.
“I follow the Fast Metabolism Diet,” Storm says. “My days vary from oatmeal with blueberries to turkey bacon with red onion to gluten-free bread with eggs, avocado, tomatoes, and red onion.”
In other words: you don’t need to deprive yourself of wholesome and delicious foods in the morning to feel satisfied.
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