Many people would tell you that NO, it isn’t okay to eat bacon and eggs as a healthy breakfast. That eating these food items can be detrimental to your well-being, especially if you eat them for breakfast on a daily basis.
However, this might not be the case after all. A high in fat breakfast of bacon and eggs just might be the kind of breakfast that most people need. Some might even say that it is the healthiest. The question here would be: How is such a thing possible?
It has been said over and over again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. There is even an age-old maxim that says “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper”. While that sounds a little too much to some, recent studies have shown that this might be the best advice to follow if you’re looking to avoid metabolic syndrome and eventually lose weight as well. One of the the things we really promote is saving your carbs for night.
For those who are unfamiliar with said syndrome, it is characterized by abdominal obesity, insulin resistance, and higher triglyceride levels in the body as well as higher cardiovascular disease risks. It is the type of thing that affects thousands of people all over the world and it is mostly due to their unhealthy diets. It must be pointed out that this problem can be fatal if left unchecked and if the person continues without care.
But how will having a big breakfast help? Well, studies have shown that the first meal you have for the day tends to program your metabolism for the rest of it. It suggests that if you ate a breakfast that’s rich in carbs, it would aid and promote carbohydrate utilization for the rest of the day. This is in comparison to having a fat-rich breakfast which allows you metabolic plasticity so you can transfer your use of energy between carbs and fat. It is important to note that people rarely have a uniform diet and what they eat gets altered as the day goes on. This is why the ability to respond to these changes is needed.
What makes it so important? Well, adjusting the dietary composition of the meals that we consume is imperative when it comes to properly balancing our energies. It also factors into weight loss and maintenance.
So now that we have the technicalities out of the way, let’s talk about the meal itself.
Many diet meal plans tend to exclude them or serve them up in the smallest of amounts considering the fact that it can increase your risks for high blood pressure, heart disease as well as elevated cholesterol but as mentioned earlier, it might just be the best thing to have for your first meal of the day. All you really need to do is modify it a bit and make sure you don’t go beyond the suggested calorie amount. In doing so, you should be able to make the bacon and eggs breakfast work to your advantage rather than against it.
Let’s talk calories. Two large eggs coupled with about three slices of bacon should contain at least 462 calories per serving. This is not too bad for a breakfast meal and should be more than enough. However, if you increase the portions during breakfast and subsequently indulge during lunch and continue on until dinner, that’s when the problems tend to arise. As you can see, some level of discipline is still required to make this work. It is impossible to lose weight and then maintain it if you don’t control the portions you consume for each meal you have.
Of course, nothing is completely good so listen up. There are drawbacks to eating this combination every morning. Sure, you’ve controlled your portions and made sure you didn’t overindulge during your subsequent meals but there are risks to eating these two foods regularly. For one, bacon is packed in sodium and saturated fat. That alone spells seriously bad news if you consume it frequently.
So switch things up. Have it twice, maybe thrice a week then go for alternatives the next few days. Besides, wouldn’t it get too bland if you keep on eating the same things? Give potatoes a try next time or a turkey bacon which is just as good but much healthier than your regular one.