For part of my June challenge, I am going to be trying 10 new things throughout the month. I don’t have any plans as to what these will be really, but this first one is a change to my regular routine.
Now, before anyone shouts at me, I do always have breakfast, but usually I have it after the gym, once I get to work. I had read some time ago that it was better to eat after a morning workout rather that before, as a study had shown that this could help to burn fat more successfully.
After a poor result at Slimming World again last week, I’m trying Success Express this week for a boost (for those of you who don’t know, this basically means that fruit and veg should form 2/3 of each meal, but that the healthy extra allowance for fibre and calcium rich foods is doubled). I decided to try a couple of other things this week to help me – I’m wondering if I’ve lost motivation a little because I’ve got stuck in a food rut. So, using the healthy extra allowance, I decided to try porridge for breakfast. This has the double effect of being a new food for me (I have never eaten porridge made the “old-fashioned” way, only the instant pots quite some time ago) and being a new time to eat breakfast as I’ll need to cook and eat it at home before I go to the gym.
The information I’ve been reading today says that eating this type of breakfast about an hour before my workout can be beneficial by
- Kickstarting my metabolism earlier in the day, meaning that
- My workout will be better fuelled, so that I can push myself a little more, and
- My body won’t break down muscle for fuel for my workouts.
So far, I haven’t noticed a difference – I think it might be more of a long term benefit – but I am finding that I’m more hungry after my workout than I used to be. That seems a bit backwards, since I’m eating beforehand now and I used to fast until afterwards, so maybe that’s a sign that my metabolism is getting that kickstart.
As for porridge, well, I don’t hate it like I thought I would (I have texture issues with certain foods and I’m not keen on milk). I add a 25g mix of dried cranberries and dark chocolate chips and I have to say that is delicious. The first day I had it with fresh fruit as well, but I found that I was too full to work out properly, so now I have the fruit half of my breakfast after the gym. It seems to be working well so far – let’s see what the scales think on Wednesday!