Kennyisms: Why Eat Breakfast?

Kenny Knight | Guest Writer

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You’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day…well I’m here to tell you the same thing. Why? There are a lot of reasons, but for people who want to get fit and stay fit, breakfast is important.

Your body is like a machine that is consistently working. There isn’t a machine on the planet that does not need fuel. Going for a full night without food – then adding another four to six hours without food – means your body has literally been without food for 12-16 hours. Unless you are fasting for a reason, this is just not healthy, especially if you working out in the morning.

When our body does not have fuel, the first thing it feeds off is blood sugar. Blood sugar is found in glutamine, and glutamine is an amino acid. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, and protein is the building block of muscle. When you have low blood sugar due to a lack of nutrition your body begins to deplete muscle.

We in the fitness and nutrition business call this “feeding the fat and starving the muscle.” The goal is to do to the opposite – feed muscle and starve the fat. Simply stated, eating balanced, smaller meals more often throughout the day accomplishes that. The last thing you want, after you’ve worked so hard to create muscle, is to have your body use muscle for fuel. We want our body to use existing FAT for fuel!

Breakfast, especially a good protein and carb mix, provide great fuel as a start for the day and keeps our “machine” running at optimum levels. Breakfast also helps keep our metabolism active which helps keep us from binging later in the day on snacks that may be unhealthy.

Free Nutrition Workshop Announced

Kenny Knight, owner of Rage Fitness, will host a free fitness, nutrition and goal workshop on Thursday, March 9th from 5-7 p.m. at Central Bank, on 475 E. Main Street in Lehi. Knight will teach the workshop. Topics include motivation, healthy food, and nutrition choices, and how to make and keep goals. For information, call or text Knight at (801) 358-2089.

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