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Do you eat breakfast every day? Dr. Michael Karlfeldt, ND, PhD tells why eating breakfast is important, and the role protein plays in maintaining proper weight and metabolic levels for optimal health.  


Low blood sugar causes cortisol production, which is a fat-storage hormone. What happens when we skip breakfast or there is a long time between meals? The body goes into a stress state, causing weight gain along with the metabolism is slowed down to conserve energy.

For your breakfast, include protein-rich foods like eggs or nuts. Consuming protein is critical for jump starting your metabolism and preventing over-eating later on. Avoid sugar-heavy cereals and pastries, which can spike and then dip your blood sugar levels, causing you to get hungry later on in the morning.

One of the longest ongoing studies of successful weight losers has found that the majority of people who have lost at least 30 pounds and have kept it off for at least 5 years or more, eat breakfast every day.

To prevent blood sugar dips throughout the day, eat every 2-3 hours. Failing to keep your blood sugar balanced will make you fail in losing weight and keeping it off. 

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