• Tom Freedman

Why Oatmeal in the Morning is a Great Way to Get Fat, Slow, and Hungry

Somehow oatmeal has found its way into the minds of many as a healthy choice for the first meal of the day. Unfortunately, for most, this is the furthest thing from the truth. If what you desire is a decrease in fat, an increase in prolonged energy, and a reduction in hunger pangs, then you will do the exact opposite by starring oatmeal (or tropical fruits, cereal, pancakes, waffles, donuts, muffins, or breads) as the lead role in your breakfast.

Oatmeal, and its closely related carbohydrate friends, breaks down upon consumption extremely fast. This is typically a terrible attribute in comparison to those foods that break down far slower, but is often exacerbated when eaten first thing after waking up. Inevitably, everyone experiences a "fast" (no calorie intake) while sleeping for normally 5-10 hours. Thus, blood glucose levels will be low upon waking which leads to insulin sensitivity levels being high. This makes sense since insulins job is to drive nutrients into cells and if the body senses deficiencies after sleeping it will look to expedite this process, hence increase insulin sensitivity. Therefore, things that break down fast now break down really fast. While this may seem beneficial, high insulin response bundles your entire consumed meal, attempts to use it, store it as glycogen, and sends the rest to fat. If you are not active in the morning - you can't use it, if you did not expend glycogen before sleeping through intense exercise - you will not have any vacancies in glycogen storage (liver or muscle), which leaves most of your "oatmeal breakfast" destined for fat storage.

While adding to your fat deposition is bad enough, the high insulin response also means that the meal will not last very long since it will be bundled and stored at such a quick pace - meaning you will not get prolonged energy. Finally, once the body learns of the lack of readily available energy - hunger will build to alert you to eat again.

The choice of oatmeal or similar carbohydrates in the morning will typically result in you adding to your fat composition, reducing sustainable energy, and increasing discomfort with hunger pangs. Be smart and change your strategy. I will venture to guess you don't like oatmeal enough to pay the price of being fat, slow, and hungry.

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by Tom Freedman, founder & managing principal

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