Automating Your Diet
Most of us have goals for what we want to look like or how we want to perform physically and mentally but run into problems when it’s time to fuel those goals with nutrients. Automating your diet ensures you meet the demands your body requires for growth.
Your body works best when it’s getting a steady stream of nutrients. Go for too long without food and it’ll go into panic mode and start making fat to ensure you don’t starve to death.
We all know we don’t make the best decisions when we’re hungry. In fact, the chemical our body produces to stimulate appetite has some pretty negative effects on our decision making & impulse control. This is where the saying: Never shop while you’re hungry comes from.
Why the first meal is most important
Our health isn’t affected by only what we eat but when we eat as well. Obesity, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes are all consequences of irregular meals, regardless of the calories being consumed. Even something as simple as skipping breakfast may make you hungrier and more likely to eat larger meals, which leads to a surge in blood sugar. When your body’s insulin (which helps turn blood sugar into useable energy) can’t keep up the rest is converted to fat.
What you eat for breakfast is critical for setting your blood-sugar pattern for the rest of the day. A complete breakfast loaded with whole grains along with protein and some fats allow your blood sugar to rise slowly and lower slowly as the nutrients are absorbed and made available for easy use. If you eat something sweet like a pop-tart your blood insulin levels are going to spike upward to handle the sudden rush of sugar. This leads to your blood sugar levels to come crashing down because there are too much insulin and no blood sugar to absorb so you get hungry again which starts a cycle of eating junk.
This is especially effective if you’re trying to gain or lose weight. For example eating 30 grams of protein within half an hour of waking up curbs your appetite and causes your metabolism to up shift and burn nutrients more efficiently.
Fueling the rest of the day
Once you get control over your blood glucose levels it’s easier to automate the rest of your daily diet. The more you eat earlier the more time you have to burn it throughout the day. Vegetables are mostly water and nutrients so even a large salad wouldn’t amount to too many calories.
Having high amounts of glucose or sugar in your blood as a result of eating can make it harder for you to fall asleep. Also the calories you don’t burn off at the end of the day get stored as fat overnight because your metabolism downshifts while you sleep.
Pre-planning your meals will keep you from driving around aimlessly in search of food during your lunch break & will save you time and money.
The human body is an amazing machine capable of growing bigger, stronger, and more flexible. This doesn’t happen by accident, the body must be given the fuel it needs on a consistent basis.