Hey, has anyone ever told you breakfast is important? I’m going to guess the answer is yes, unless you’ve made the underside of a rock your home. But we’re going to tell you why breakfast is so important specifically for runners.
After a night of sleep, your body is in breakdown mode, especially when it comes to muscle proteins. It’s key to refresh your muscle cells with amino acids—the building blocks of protein. Aim for 20 to 25 grams of high-quality protein along with a dose of 50 to 100 grams of carbs to replenish the fuel your muscles need.
Many studies have shown that folks who eat breakfast maintain a healthier body weight and have less body fat than those who skip a morning meal. Research also shows that establishing a routine of eating breakfast can help you make wiser choices and curb calorie intake later in the day. The National Weight Control Registry, which has tracked successful “losers” for more than 20 years, notes that about 80 percent of folks who have lost weight and kept it off for years routinely eat breakfast.
Power Your Brain
Circulating carbohydrates (blood sugar) are critical fuel for your brain. Studies have shown that for both kids and adults, operating on no breakfast shortchanges thinking power and can affect math skills, reading comprehension, and memory. Studies with children also show that breakfast eaters tend to behave better at school and have more conducive social skills. (Any adult who has had to deal with a “hangry” coworker can probably attest that the same is true for grown-ups!)