By Tiffany Gagnon
It’s not only about eating within thirty minutes of waking up — which kickstarts your metabolism — but also starting the day with the right foods. What you choose to put on your plate has an even greater effect on your metabolism and muscle development. “Protein is key to weight loss because it slows down the absorption of carbohydrates, " explains Jim White RD, ACSM HFS, Owner of Jim White Fitness and Nutrition Studios. This helps delay the onset of sugar highs and lows, which can trigger fat storage.
Whether you’re trying to slim down or tone it up, your body needs a steady supply of protein. And many classic breakfast foods can give you what you need. All that’s left for you to decide is whether it’s an omelet or a parfait kind of morning.
Protein Payoff: 6.29 grams per egg
It doesn’t matter if you like your eggs scrambled, over easy or — no judgement — Rocky-style raw, you’ve got a breakfast that will jumpstart your fat burn from the first bite — as long as you go easy on the oil and cheese. Eggs contain all the necessary amino acids for lean muscle development and help promote lasting feelings of fullness. This classic breakfast item also contains nutrients vital to healthy skin, immune system, brain and liver functioning such as vitamin A, riboflavin and choline, all which are found inside that bright yellow yolk! So don’t be too quick to dismiss that nutrient-packed center.