Start your day right with a good low-carb breakfast.
“A healthy breakfast helps kickstart your metabolism and stabilises blood sugar ”
- Linda O'ByrneAtkins Nutritionist
Breakfast is widely regarded as the most important meal of the day, and here’s why: it kick-starts your metabolism, stabilises your blood sugar, and gives you the energy for whatever your day has in store.
When adopting a low-carb lifestyle – whether it’s to cut down on grains or to shift your body from a ‘carb burner’ to a ‘fat burner’ – prepping lunches and dinners tends to be fairly straightforward. However, when it comes to breakfast, it poses more of a challenge since so many breakfasts nowadays consist of carb-heavy breads and grains; but with our tips, eating low-carb breakfasts can be both easy and immensely beneficial.
Why Switch to Low-Carb Breakfasts?
Depending on what you’ve eaten the night before, your metabolic rate may hum along during the night when you’re asleep because you’re not eating for hours. This means your body’s burning fewer calories to conserve energy. Consequently, the body wakes up from its fasted state to a natural spike in so-called ‘hunger hormones’, meaning it’s in a fat-burning zone and is using fat instead of carbs as fuel for energy.
Eating carbs at breakfast time will diminish your fat-burning capacity. On the other hand, a good low-carb breakfast will help to ignite your metabolism in the morning and encourage it to burn calories more efficiently throughout the day.
Break the Carb Cycle
Cereals and toast are amongst some of the most popular breakfast choices in UK households, but for those who try to be carb-conscious, these items – which are packed with carbs – should be avoided. Why? Because they’ll get you started on a carb cycle for the rest of the day. In other words, it’ll cause your blood sugar to skyrocket, only to plummet by mid-morning, leaving you feeling lethargic and craving something to perk you up – most likely a sugary snack.
To break the seemingly endless carb cycle, opt for a low-carb breakfast such as an omelette with cheese, red peppers, and mushrooms. This choice is rich in good fats and protein, which help to release energy more steadily and stabilise your blood sugar levels. As a result, you’ll be able to more effectively control your appetite throughout the day.
Here at Atkins, we have plenty of low-carb breakfast recipes – many of which can be made in advance for a quick and easy start to your day, whilst the others are perfect to serve for brunch when you have company. Eating low-carb breakfast doesn’t have to be boring and you, too, can add a variety of foods, packed with nutrients, into your morning meal.