“We thought sleep helped, but it could have been other causes, and we show it really helps to make connections and that in sleep the brain is not quiet, it is replaying what happened during the day and it seems quite important for making the connections.”
Why You Shouldn’t Eat Carbs for Breakfast
You’re probably shocked to find out that eating carbohydrates in the morning can lead to weight gain. Let me explain you why this happens. Earlier in the day insulin sensitivity is higher in both muscle and fat cells. Having a carbohydrate rich meal for breakfast will cause your body to store fat. Ghrelin, the hunger control hormone, is released in your body throughout the night, which stimulates the production of growth hormone and makes you hungry. As this happens, your body starts to burn fat for energy and reduces the protein breakdown for use as fuel. Growth hormone levels peak about two hours after you wake up as long you don’t spike insulin levels by eating carbs.
In other words, you start the day burning fat. Even when you’re working out, your body will burn more calories than normal on an empty stomach. What happens if you eat carbs for breakfast? First of all, your insulin levels as well as your blood glucose levels will increase, which reduces fat burning for the rest of the day. At the same time, your cortisol levels will remain high. This sudden insulin spike stimulates the production of new empty fat cells while lowering your levels of growth hormone and ghrelin.
The bottom line is that eating carbs earlier in the day will have a negative impact on both fat burning and muscle building. Not only it lowers your growth hormone levels, but increases blood sugar levels and leads to weight gain.