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Breakfast Challenge Tip 3: Eat Breakfast After You Work Out

By Hilary Meyer, February 28, 2012 - 4:53pm

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One of the easiest ways to eat healthier is to have breakfast every day. Each day this week, we will post a new, easy tip to help you adopt this healthy habit for just one week.

Here’s today’s tip:

Tip 3: Eat Breakfast After You Work Out

Do you exercise in the morning? If you do, consider pushing your morning meal to after your workout—as it may help your weight-loss efforts, according to new research in The Journal of Physiology. During the six-week study, participants who ate a high-cal, high-fat breakfast before hitting the gym packed on an average of three pounds. The after-workout eaters? They gained almost no weight—although they ate the same breakfast. Find out why here.

Can’t push through with a growling belly? “Try splitting your breakfast,” suggests Leslie Bonci, R.D., director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh. “Have a 4-ounce yogurt before your workout and have whole-grain toast with peanut butter and a banana afterward.”

Try one of these healthy breakfasts after you work out.

For more Breakfast Challenge tips, meal plans and recipes, visit the Breakfast Challenge landing page.

TAGS: Hilary Meyer, Health Blog, Breakfast, Breakfast Challenge, Health, Nutrition

Hilary Meyer
EatingWell Associate Food Editor Hilary Meyer spends much of her time in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, testing and developing healthy recipes. She is a graduate of New England Culinary Institute.

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