Burning fat just got easier! According to a study out of University of Northumbria, people who exercise before breakfast burn 20% more fat than those who eat breakfast before working out!
Besides this good news – nutrition expert Sloan Hemmer expands on why it’s important to east breakfast and what to choose — an NO we pastries didn’t make the cut.
The why is easy; breakfast is what kick starts your metabolism in the morning. If you skip it, your brain and your body doesn’t know when its next meal will happen and requires fewer calories to survive. Result? You are sluggish and so is your metabolism.
Now for the what to choose.
Breakfast should include four things, protein, carbohydrates, healthy fat and fiber AND it should NOT be your smallest meal of the day. Purdue University researcher Wayne Campbell PhD, says that protein blunts your hunger the most so it is a must.
Eggs, eggs, eggs! It doesn’t have to be fancy and it doesn’t take long. Make a scramble with veggies on hand and you have a terrific combination of protein, fat, carbs and fiber. If you are worried about the cholesterol use 1 whole egg and the rest egg whites. Throw a piece of whole grain toast in with it for your complex carbs.
Pre-packaged oatmeal and add in some almonds, walnuts, dried fruit, fresh fruit or stir in a nut butter; the options are endless.
Smoothies! Aim for half veggies, half fruit and add in protein powder or some other type of protein like peanut butter.
On the go?
Make a peanut butter (almond butter, sun butter) and jelly sandwich on whole grain bread.
Grab a handful of almonds (fat & protein) and an apple (fiber and carbs)
Starbucks has two good options available. Oatmeal with fresh blueberries –skip the brown sugar and my personal favorite, spinach and feta breakfast wrap with egg whites. This wrap has 290 cals,19g of protein (awesome!) and 6g of fiber!
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Looking for ways to cut out big money? One of the easiest ways to make room in a seemingly impenetrable and even the most meager of budgets is to cut out a few of those pricey salon visits. If you’re getting high-cost highlights done every six weeks, opt for every eight. The slight adjustment gives a big boost to your budget.
At $90 highlights every six weeks (about 8 times a year), you spend $720 a year.
At $90 highlights every eight weeks (about 6 times a year), you spend $540 a year.
That’s almost $200 in savings a year! And the money only gets bigger the more money your salon services are!
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Penelope Trunk—the former professional volleyball player turned professional blogger (Brazen Careerist) is a must-subscribe-to blog for hilarious takes on getting through life and managing your career.
A recent post on the lies about social media caught my attention–Penelope writes:
LinkedIn is great. I’m on LinkedIn. I have 650 connections. At first I wondered, why do I need this list of connections published on LinkedIn? What was the purpose of it? But now I get it. With LinkedIn, people can tell that I am a very connected person.
Most of you already know I’m well connected—I’m a print journalist, blogger, and startup founder, which are all very network-intensive jobs. But if you’re someone who doesn’t know how to tell whether someone is connected, LinkedIn is a great scorecard.
Potential employers like LinkedIn because they can glance at your LinkedIn profile and get a sense of how connected you are and how much money you make. (Yes, large networks correlate to large salaries.) That’s the utility of the scorecard.
But what you cannot do on LinkedIn is build a network. Networks are built on relationships, which grow from conversation. LinkedIn is not for conversations. So you need to go somewhere else to build your network, and then, when it’s big, display it on LinkedIn so you’ll look great.
I agree–before you even start looking for that next big job or do a career change be sure your LinkedIn is full of all those contacts you’ve accumulated over the years–whether they’re old high school friends, former coworkers and college buddies. Join LinkedIn here.