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How to Wake Up Your Brain and Metabolism

Research tell us that for the most part, people with CO tend to skip breakfast or like to eat it later in the morning. If you are one of those people that would rather not confront food as soon as you wake up, here’s a very quick tip that will give you big rewards.

TIP:  First thing, as soon as you wake up… while you make your coffee or before you do anything else. Drink an 8oz protein powder drink. There are lots of protein powder choices out there. I find that whey tends to dissolve better. 

If you are open to more activity and/or food turn it into a protein shake by mixing it in the blender with some fruit, preferably organic.

By having protein as soon as you get out of bed, you not only rev up you metabolism but you are also sending your brain a macro-nutrient for which its in desperate need.

Caveat: Without any fruit, it may not taste great, but you can get flavored powders that taste OK.  Besides, you’re still basically asleep so its easy to ignore the taste. 

Weight loss associated with a daily intake of thre…[Nutrition. 2003] – PubMed Result

Weight loss associated with a daily intake of thre…[Nutrition. 2003] – PubMed Result

: “Weight loss associated with a daily intake of three apples or three pears among overweight women.

Conceição de Oliveira M, Sichieri R, Sanchez Moura A.
Instituto de Medicina Social, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
OBJECTIVE: We investigated the effect of fruit intake on body weight change. METHODS: Hypercholesterolemic, overweight (body mass index > 25 kg/m2), and non-smoking women, 30 to 50 y of age, were randomized to receive, free of charge, one of three dietary supplements: apples, pears, or oat cookies. Women were instructed to eat one supplement three times a day in a total of six meals a day. Participants (411 women) were recruited at a primary care center of the State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Fifty-one women had fasting blood cholesterol levels greater than 6.2 mM/L (240 mg/dL) and 49 were randomized. Subjects were instructed by a dietitian to eat a diet (55% of energy from carbohydrate, 15% from protein, and 30% from fat) to encourage weight reduction at the rate of 1 kg/mo. RESULTS: After 12 wk of follow-up, the fruit group lost 1.22 kg (95% confidence interval = 0.44-1.85), whereas the oat group had a non-significant weight loss of 0.88 kg (0.37-2.13). The difference between the two groups was statistically significant (P = 0.004). To explore further the body weight loss associated with fruit intake, we measured the ratio of glucose to insulin. A significantly greater decrease of blood glucose was observed among those who had eaten fruits compared with those who had eaten oat cookies, but the glucose:insulin ratio was not statistically different from baseline to follow-up. Adherence to the diet was high, as indicated by changes in serum triacylglycerols, total cholesterol, and reported fruit intake. Fruit intake in the oat group throughout treatment was minimal. CONCLUSIONS: Intake of fruits may contribute to weight loss.”

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