We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This makes perfect sense because you have been sleeping for the past 8 to 9 hours (hopefully if you are lucky to get that amount of rest) and your body needs to be fed adequately to make up for the time you spent asleep.
Why I Need My Bodybuilding Breakfast
Personally, I used to suffer from headaches and suspected my diet had something to do with the problem. I did some research and discovered that headaches are often triggered in some people if they aren’t eating regularly enough during the day. Sometimes I wake up with a headache and so I get some breakfast down me as soon as I can and my headache soon clears. I found a statement on the Tylenol headache medication website that suggests your meals should be less than ‘5 waking hours’ apart and 13 ‘nighttime hours apart’. This would mean that the 8-9 hours sleep added to the time between my evening meal and falling asleep may be a large enough gap to trigger my headache. So, make sure you are getting your bodybuilding breakfast soon after waking up!
What Makes a Good Bodybuilding Breakfast?
I’m not a nutritionist but as I understand it, you need your breakfast needs to quickly ‘refuel’ you for the day ahead. Of course, a bodybuilder is going to need more fuel than the average person. Fuel is going to come in the form of carbohydrates. On top of this you will need to get a decent amount of protein to make up for the protein that your body did not get during the night. I think one of the perfect breakfast foods is oatmeal because it naturally contains carbohydrates and protein. Then all you need to do is add the supplementation and maybe some fresh fruit. You could make this into a shake or eat it as you would normally eat oatmeal (in a bowl?). The great thing about this idea is the simplicity and speed with which you can make it – perfect if you are rushing out the door to work. Here are two examples of bodybuilding breakfast recipes (note the second that I found on the About site that was recommended by a professional ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer):
- Protein & Wheat Bodybuilder Breakfast
- Anabolic Oatmeal Recipe (from the About: Bodybuilding website)
Of course, if you have more time in your mornings, you can make all sorts of bodybuilding recipe delights like pancakes, eggs, grilled bacon. etc, etc.
Please let me know what you think makes a good bodybuilding breakfast!