Start the day off right with a high protein breakfast and optimise not only your body goals but your brain functionality as well. Having a protein based breakfast can optimise your brains ability to send messages to the rest of your body, when combined with healthy carbohydrates your body gradually digests your breakfast keeping you full and energised until your next meal.
It can improve on:
Stabilisation of blood sugar levels:
When your blood sugar levels are stable, your metabolism functions smoothly, you feel satisfied (full) and your brain has what it needs to keep you and your body on your toes. When your blood sugar levels aren't stable, your body goes into overdrive to fix the problem. When blood sugar is too high, your body rushes to store blood sugar as fat, leaving your blood sugar low. Then when blood sugar is too low, your brain goes into starvation mode and so do you; all you can think about is food and all your body can "think" about is getting enough sugar (glucose) to the brain and storing whatever extra it gets as fat. And when everything is being stored as fat instead of used as energy, it's really hard to lose weight.
Protein provides the amino acids your brain needs to function at its optimal level. According to the Franklin Institute, because a high-carbohydrate meal increases your brain's tryptophan levels, creating serotonin that makes you feel relaxed, it makes a good choice for dinner. A morning meal high in protein raises your brain's tyrosine levels. This helps your brain produce neurotransmitters called norepinephrine and dopamine, which give you energy and make you feel awake and alert.
Researchers from the University of Missouri used MRI scans to compare the brain activity of teens who ate high-protein breakfasts to teens who either skipped breakfast or ate breakfasts moderate in protein. Right before lunch, the breakfast skippers were the hungriest, but the MRI scans showed that those who ate the high-protein breakfast experienced less brain activity in regions that control food motivation, or hunger, than those who ate cereal for breakfast. The researchers concluded that having a breakfast rich in protein can help you stay fuller for longer compared to having a lower-protein breakfast.
Two amino acids, glutamate and aspartate, act as brain neurotransmitters, and are obtained from protein. You also need several others, including tyrosine, tryptophan and phenylalanine, to produce the neurotransmitters norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine. If you have quality proteins for breakfast, your brain will have all of the neurotransmitters it needs to help your entire body function properly. Eating incomplete proteins, such as wheat toast or peanut butter alone, gives you some of the amino acids you need but not all, thus the heightened importance of a quality protein breakfast.
Pair With Complex Carbohydrates:
When you eat a meal, your body uses carbohydrates first, according to the College of Nursing at the University of Cincinnati. If you eat simple carbohydrates, such as donuts, pastries and sugary cereal, your body uses the carbohydrates quickly, but if you have complex carbohydrates, as found in oats, fruits, vegetables and whole grain breads and cereals, your body takes longer to metabolize the carbohydrates. Once it has done so, it begins to use the protein. Pairing your protein source with complex carbohydrates can help you remain satisfied until lunch, reducing your urge to have between-meal snacks.
SO WHY WHEY:
Whey protein is a particularly good source of protein because it's pure, clean, and one of the most easily absorbed sources of protein there is. In fact, whey protein has the highest biological value (a measure of nitrogen retained for growth or maintenance) of any protein. Adding a whey protein source into your breakfast along with complex carbohydrates is a recipe for success. Thus the reason PRO~OATS were formulated, a well balanced formulation of Australian Whey Protein Concentrate with 100% Australian Oats and only sweetened with Stevia.
So make the change to a high protein breakfast and reap the benefits your body deserves (and just in time for Summer :) )
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