Breakfast For Brawn & Brain

Breakfast For Brawn & Brain You don't want to hit the gym on an empty stomach, even if your workout takes place before the sun comes up. Slow burning carbohydrates provide lasting energy for heavy lifting while protein protects muscles from excessive breakdown and triggers the rebuilding process once you're finished. A study published in the journal Physiology & Behavior suggests eating breakfast will also keep you mentally on top of your game.

A group of 96 adolescents were tested 120 minutes after eating a nutritious breakfast or skipping the day's first meal altogether. Accuracy on several tests was greater for the 12 to 15 year olds who ate breakfast before school. They also reported having more energy and feeling less hungry than the kids who skipped breakfast.

True Strength Moment: The reason this meal is called breakfast is you're breaking the fast that occurred during 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Just like your car, your body needs fuel to get going and keep running at peak performance. This study shows the importance of nutrition to mental and physical performance.
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