Pancakes, waffles, toast – toast – toast! You might think, “those are treats to stay away from,” but that’s simply not true. All those low carb, anti-sugar, fast to get past, fad diets lodge all those confusing misconceptions about health into our heads. Sometimes we don’t realize just how unhealthy they actually are until we’re in the middle of struggling with them. Which can take months of trial and error or cause us to give up altogether.
So lets get down to it! Are your workouts making you feel exhausted? While all that energy exertion is bound to wear you out, it’s not supposed to have you dead to the world by two in the afternoon. Now don’t go giving up that easy. This is when it’s time to take a step back and evaluate where changes need to occur to keep you on the fast track to achieving your health and fitness goals.
What’s wrong with those fad diets exactly? Well, they all seem to say less calories and carbs are the way to go. Which will help you drop some weight quickly, usually only to be gained back shortly thereafter. Don’t fret over this though. Like all good things fitness takes time. That’s because genuine health and self love is a way of life! The most rewarding path one can follow at that!
The problem with fad diets lies within the fact that your body burns carbohydrates when you exercise. They’re necessary for that much needed energy to crush those morning workouts. In too extensive of deficits the body quickly tires and those extra destructive carb cravings begin. You know the ones, they have you grabbing for those donuts! (And some tacos… cookies… a whole pizza!)
Now that we’ve honed in on the problem with those fad diets, next up we should address the second biggest road block to fitness success, strategy. Yes, strategy, not only is it important that we’re getting carbs into our diet, but also when we’re consuming them. When’s the best time you may ask? Why breakfast of course! Oats, pancakes, waffles, toast, all our favorite carb loaded old friends can, and SHOULD, be indulged in often! Although perhaps with some healthful modifications that is.
Golden carb loaded breakfast tips –
1. Protein Waffles or Pancakes! Kodiak Cakes aren’t half bad! They offer frozen pre-made products, as well as powdered make-your-own mixes!
2. Whole Grain! (Or alternative flour based; almond, coconut, ect.) Pre-make your own fiber packed ones, then freeze for grab and go!
3. Nut Butter Topping! Skip the syrups, they’re pure sugar. Opt for peanut butter, almond butter, maybe even some Nutella! With fresh fruits like berries or bananas!
4. Rice Cakes! Quaker makes apple and chocolate ones that go amazingly with fruits and nut butters!
So, whether you’re hitting the gym or even just heading off to work, the next time you think about skipping breakfast, reconsider! A good breakfast is more than just a meal, it’s the foundation for a productive day! Happy eating friends!