Have you ever felt tired even though you might have woken up just a few hours ago? You might even have found yourself sleepy and confused, wondering what is going wrong, since you did have a good night's sleep last night and a big, supposingly good breakfast that morning. This unexplained tiredness is something you have dealt with more than once. So, what is that went wrong?
Here is the answer. Everything is related with your breakfast. Imagine yourself after a big lunch. How do you feel? I am sure that you want to sleep and your bed seems the ideal place to be at the moment. The same thing happens after a big breakfast. But why? Isn't it supposed to fuel me with energy? Well yes, but it depends on what you eat.
A bit of science.
When we wake up our cortisol levels are high. Cortisol is a stress hormone. So we feel ready to take action and start our work at once. We feel very energetic and ready to cope with all our tasks. And then… Suddenly everything changes. When? After the breakfast. As I aforementioned that does not happen with every kind of breakfast. It happens when we eat sweet or starchy carbohydrates (like a big maffin, or chocolate cereals! Don’t pretend that you don’t know what I am talking about! ). But…Why?
When we eat this kind of food, tryptophan, which is an amino acid, takes action and intrudes our brain. Do you know what tryptophan does? It helps the secretion of serotonin. I am sure that you have heard a lot about serotonin and most of the times good things. But just in case you don’t know, serotonin is a natural mood regulator; serotonin makes you feel emotionally stable, less anxious and more tranquil. Sounds good right? Yes, it is good. But after a big meal serotonin levels spike and then you feel too relaxed. But, why this must be bad? Remember! It is morning! You don’t want to feel so relaxed as to not be able to do anything else than dreaming your bed! That would be okay if it was late at night and you would want to eat something as to relieve the stress of the day and sleep at once.
There is always a solution
Okay, that means that we must not eat breakfast if we want to work efficiently? Of course not! What I am saying is that you must choose something which contains protein and healthy fats (like eggs, meat, yogurt , nuts e.t.c). They have an adverse action in your body. They promote a neurotransmitter production which keeps you energized (but calm) and it supports optimal brain function and energy production. Moreover there is a better blood sugar regulation so you feel satisfied and you stay away from cravings until the lunch!
In addition, I will tell you something irrelevant but I think that you may want to know it. This type of breakfast (high in protein and healthy fats and low in carbs) seems to have the best results if your goal is fat loss. Just keep that in mind!So what do you prefer?Be clever!