Are you one of those people who runs out of the house without grabbing a proper breakfast? A quick cup of coffee and you’re on your way. Or maybe during this lockdown, you just don’t bother with breakfast at all.

You may think that cutting down on your food intake early on in the day is going to help with your weight loss, but that isn’t the case. It’s been shown that people who skip breakfast are actually likely to have an overall higher calorie intake throughout the day.

And this week is Breakfast Week! It hasn’t had quite as much coverage as in previous years, but you may have heard or seen something in the media. As you know, breakfast is an important part of the Lifestyle Plan, so we’re thrilled to join in the breakfast conversations this week.

The Breakfast Week campaign is an annual celebration of the most important meal of the day! It is run on behalf of the UK cereal growers and processors and encourages everyone to Shake Up Your Wake Up! Sounds good to me.

There are lots of suggestions for quick and easy breakfasts in the Lifestyle Plan. Porridge is one of my favourites. It is low in G.I. and provides you with the slow release energy to keep you satisfied until lunchtime. I always get mine ready in the evening, so it’s super-quick in the morning. I measure out 40g (1½ oz) of porridge oats into a microwave jug and cover it with water. In the morning, I pop it in the microwave for a minute and a half, add a splash of milk and then cook for another minute. You can top it with blueberries or raspberries or a small sliced banana – whatever takes your fancy.  

We’ve got lots more breakfast ideas in our class virtual talk this week. From banana pancakes or creamy mushrooms on toast to the ultimate bacon sandwich – yes, you can have all of these things and still lose weight! We also take a look at the healthy options versus the belly bulgers if you are someone who grabs your breakfast on the run. It’s amazing what a difference some simple swaps can make. And it’s all tasty and filling too.

So why is breakfast the most important meal of the day? Well it gives your metabolism a kick start and gets your body going. Just like a fire, you need to keep your body stoked up with fuel. That way you’ll be burning it off all day. And the ideal breakfasts are the ones that provide you with slow release energy so you don’t get those mid-morning hunger pangs.

Read more about the importance of breakfast as well as recipes and other free resources at Shake Up Your Wake Up  

And why don’t you share your breakfast favourites with me, I’d love to hear from you.  

Marie x