Top Ten Diet
is the Most Important Meal of the Day
By Ori Hofmekler
Author of The Warrior Diet
you wake-up, your body is already in an intense detox mode, clearing
itself of endotoxins and digestive waste from the past evening meal.
During the morning hours, when digestion is fully completed (while
you are on an empty stomach), a primal survival mechanism, known
as fight or flight reaction to stress, is triggered, maximizing
your body's capacity to generate energy, be alert, resist fatigue
and resist stress.
highly geared survival mode is primarily dominated by part of the
autonomic nervous system known as the SNS (sympathetic nervous system).
At that state, the body is in its most energy-producing phase and
that's when most energy comes from fat burning. All that happens
when you do not eat the typical morning meal. If however you follow
what "normal guys" do and eat your morning bagel and cereal
and egg & bacon, you'll most likely shut down the above energy
SNS and its fight or flight mechanism will be substantially suppressed.
Instead, your morning meal will trigger an antagonistic part of
the automatic nervous system known as the PSNS (Para sympathetic
nervous system), which makes you sleepy, slow and less resilient
to fatigue and stress. Instead of spending energy and burning fat,
your body will be more geared towards storing energy and gaining
fat. Under this state, detox would be inhibited. The overall metabolic
stress would increase with toxins accumulating in the liver, giving
the body another substantial reason to gain fat. (Fat tissues serve
as a biological storage for toxins)
overall suppressing effects of morning meals, can lead to energy
crashes during the daily (working) hours, often with chronic cravings
for pick-up foods, sweets, coffee and tobacco. Eating at the wrong
time, would severely interrupt the body's ability to be in tune
with the circadian clock. The human body has never adapted to such
interruptions. We are primarily pre-programmed to rotate between
the two autonomic nervous system parts: the daily SNS and the nightly
SNS regulates alertness and action during the day, while PSNS regulates
relaxation, digestion and sleep during the nightly hours. Any interruption
in this primal daily cycle, may lead into sleepiness during the
day followed by sleeping disorders at night. Morning meals must
be carefully designed not to suppress the SNS and its highly energetic
state. Minimizing morning food intake to fruits, veggie soup or
small amounts of fresh light protein foods, such as poached or boiled
eggs, plain yogurt, or white cheese, will maintain the body in an
undereating phase, while promoting the SNS with its energy producing
Athletes who exercise in the morning should turn breakfast into
a post-exercise recovery meal. Such meals should consist of small
amounts of fresh protein plus carbs such as yogurt and banana, eggs
plus a bowl of oatmeal, or cottage cheese with berries.
insulin spike is necessary for effectively finalizing the anabolic
actions of GH and IGF1 after exercise. Nonetheless, after the initial
recovery meal, it's highly recommended to maintain the body in an
undereating phase by minimizing daily carb intake in the following
meals. Applying small protein meals (minimum carbs) every couple
of hours will keep sustaining the SNS during the daily hours while
providing amino acids for protein synthesis in the muscle tissues,
promoting a long lasting anabolic effect after exercise. In conclusion,
breakfast isn't the most important meal of the day.
important meals are post-exercise recovery meals. Saying that, for
a WARRIOR every meal is a recovery meal helping to recuperate from
either nutritional stress (undereating) or physical stress (exercise).
It's when you eat that makes what you eat matter.
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