Calories & Carbs at Breakfast?

Posted: November 8, 2010 in Nutrition
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We’ve had a few questions today asking what levels of carbs you should be eating for breakfast.  The simple answer is that it depends on the activity you have planned for the day, and also on the type of carbs you consume.  If you are likely to be very active then you will benefit from eating more calories first thing, and consequently more carbs.

As we mentioned elsewhere it is better to eat fruit in the morning too, if you are eating fruit at all that is.  Although it might not be traditional in the UK a good breakfast including vegetables is actually one of the most nutritious ways to start the day off.  Oats are also another good choice, as they are slow burning, with a low glycemic index.  Because you are replenishing your Glycogen stores and have the day ahead you can afford to be a little bit heavier with the carbs first thing.  Just make sure you get a good dose of protein along side whatever source of carbs you choose.  This is especially the case if you are wanting to build muscle.  The rule of thumb is listen to your body and respond accordingly – as long as the source of your carbs and protein is ‘clean’ you are likely to benefit.

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