7 Secrets of Skinny Runners
By Christine Luff, About.com Guide
Updated February 17, 2013
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Many people skip breakfast because they don't have time, they don't like traditional breakfast foods, or they think it will help with their weight loss efforts. But if you wait until lunch to eat, your body assumes you're fasting and responds by slowing your metabolism.
Skinny runners know that skipping breakfast doesn't help you lose weight. In fact, it will just make you hungrier, which increases your temptation to eat everything in sight. A nutritious breakfast gets you fueled for the day and helps prevent you from binging later in the day.
Runners who stay thin also know that they have a greater chance of burning off breakfast calories since they're consuming them early in the day. They also realize that a proper breakfast will help them burn more calories during a run because they'll be properly fueled and have a more effective run.
What to Do:
Here are some quick and healthy breakfast ideas:
Scoop 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese into a cantaloupe or honeydew half.
Fix a quick breakfast smoothie. Blend 1/2 cup each of plain low-fat yogurt and orange juice with 1/2 banana and some frozen berries.
Top a bagel with non-fat cream cheese and thin apple or pear slices.
Spread a thin layer of peanut butter on toast, bagels, or English muffins. Top with banana slices.
Yogurt is the perfect on-the-go breakfast. Top with granola or chopped nuts for added crunch and nutrition.