Thirty grams of protein seems to be the magic number for breakfast as seen in this week’s Item #1, when we are talking about improving glucose levels and weight. This study goes along with others that point to to the need for high protein breakfasts for all our patients.
Four years ago, I had a chance to meet with Timothy Ferriss, who wrote the bestselling book, The 4-Hour Body. Tim is a fitness guru who actually puts science and measurements to work for maximizing outcomes and gets obsessive while figuring out why things happen.
Here is a simple example of how obsessive he can become about finding out why things happen that he shared with me when we were talking about improving metabolism. Tim had a friend that worked as a thermal engineer at NASA and worked on the shuttle heat tiles. They were discussing how the swimmer, Michael Phelps, could eat 9000 calories a day and not gain weight. At his weight and muscle mass they figured he would have to swim 17 hours a day to burn that many calories, which they knew he didn’t do. The thermal engineer discussed…
the increased metabolism needed to compensate for the heat the body lost in the water and that is how they eventually figured out the best way to improve metabolism is to submerge yourself in a tub of water with about 20 lbs of ice in it. Now they knew that no one would ever do it but found that placing an ice pack on the back of the trapezoid muscles could have about 85% of the effect.
I asked him what he felt was the most important thing in his 450 page book on health and fitness, that a person could do to improve their health and metabolism and he said, "Eat breakfast every morning and make sure there is at least 30 grams of protein without a lot of carbs."
Soon after that I started including that regimen in my diabetes classes and the difference has been remarkable. In fact you can see exactly what we do with this two-page handout for your patients.
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