Fat and Protein Breakfast: yes or no?

We can certainly state that breakfast is the most important meal in a day. It has been confirmed in numerous research studies that skipping breakfast may increase the risk of excess weight and obesity and that’s why we definitely shouldn’t cut out this crucial meal from our diet. 

You have probably noticed that nowadays more and more often I propose fat and protein breakfasts rather than those high in carbohydrates which used to prevail on my blog several years ago. 

Why the change? Due to my intense training, carbohydrates provided me with the essential energy boost which my body needed for the huge physical effort.  I choose fat and protein breakfasts as they fit in with my current lifestyle now. 

Remember that the main rule doesn’t change – no diet is perfect for everyone. What’s good for me  doesn’t necessarily have to be just as good for you. 

I recommend this kind of breakfast especially to those who want to lose weight, those who feel hungry between meals or suffer from insulin resistance.

You will find lots of recipes for fat and protein breakfasts in my blog and  app. You can also use the recipes for dishes with eggs, meat, steak tartare, etc. Go ahead and check them out!

 

Why is it worth going for fat and protein breakfasts?

I would like to share with you some details about the benefits of choosing such breakfasts:

  • control over appetite and longer feeling of fullness
  • smaller hunger
  • faster weight loss thanks to the increase of the pace of fat burning
  • no rapid increase in glucose and insulin in the blood after a meal
  • discovering new culinary inspirations and getting to know other taste combinations
  • not feeling like snacking between meals.

 

Does it mean you should cut out carbohydrates?

You definitely shouldn’t! They are essential for us but the amount depends on our lifestyle and other factors. What is more, they should certainly be included in our pre- or after- workout meals. 

For athletes preparing for competitions, I also recommend a carbohydrate loading strategy for a day or two before the start. The day before the competition it is good to eat a portion of carbohydrates before bedtime. 

However, you should remember that OBSERVATION of how your body reacts, drawing conclusions and personalizing your diet to individual needs are crucial. In case of doubt and persistent malaise -> do special laboratory tests and consult your doctor. Stay healthy!

 

Oven baked asparagus with bacon

Below you will find a sample recipe for a fat and protein breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • 10 asparagus spears
  • a few rashers of bacon
  • 1 tablespoon łyżka ghee clarified butter
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • a pinch of salt
  • a pinch of black pepper 

Preparation:

Fry the egg in the ghee butter. Cut the bacon into rashers. Wash the asparagus spears and remove the woody ends. Line the baking tray with baking paper and place the spears there. Sprinkle them with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and bake at 180 ℃ for about 25 minutes.

 

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Anna Lewandowska

Athlete and nutrition specialist. Multiple medalist of the national in traditional karate in European and World Championships. Author of workout plans and books on healthy lifestyle that have helped her motivate over a million of people to change their lives for the better.

Founder of Healthy Plan by Ann, Diet & Training by Ann. CEO of Foods by Ann. Co-founder of Baby by Ann.

Wife of footballer Robert Lewandowski, the captain of the Poland national football team and Bayern Munich player. Read more »

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