But wait, let's rewind a bit. I didn't used to always think this way and I bet most people probably are in the same boat. Most people believe it is a healthy choice, they read about it, their fitness coach recommended it, their nutritionist told them it was important and even they're doctor said it's been proved to be nutritious and ideal.
So how could it not be an ideal choice for breakfast. It's a slow release carbohydrate which won't spike their insulin levels, or so they say?
Well let's rewind even a bit further. Let's get the facts straight. Enough with the detail about the ingredient 'oatmeal' and what it's praised for and let's talk about what happens to your body from a hormonal response perspective in the morning and how it responds to foods like oatmeal and/or similar cereals.
Fact: Carbohydrates increase serotonin levels.
Fact: Increase in serotonin levels signal to your body to sleep and relax.
Fact: Whether your carbohydrate source is low GI/slow release or not, all starchy carbohydrates like such cause a spike insulin levels.
Fact: Increasing your insulin levels in the morning decreases your natural growth hormone (which goes against most peoples weight loss/muscle mass goals).
Question? Why are you eating foods that send a signal to your body to sleep or cause an energy drop in the morning? Wouldn't it be better to eat a meal that puts you to sleep at night?
Think about it! If you feel like you need to reverse your meal plan from day-night to night-day, you're on the right track!
Question? If your goal is to lose weight or increase lean muscle mass why would you want to decrease your growth hormone?
So why does everyone recommend insulin spiking foods for breakfast?
Answer: They must not know any better.
Know better, learn more, and reach your full potential!