Research has often touted the benefits of eating breakfast as a way to manage or lose weight. There are several theories behind this prescription, and it is challenged by some dietitians who say it is more about the final number of calories consumed over the course of the day, rather than when they are consumed. A recent body of research indicates that people who eat breakfast are more likely to move in the hours following (a.k.a the food provides a boost in energy, increasing movement by the hour and improving metabolic rate).
How do we apply this to the workplace? If you have a morning shift, it is best to consume food within two hours of waking and perform tasks which require more movement in the immediate hours of starting a shift. Then, to catalyze constant physical and mental sharpness, as well as improved metabolic rate, consume a snack an hour before lunch. Just after lunch, it is best to ease slowly back into activity, as the body is in a parasympathetic mode (digestion, blood going to the organs instead of the muscles and joints) and approach more physically demanding tasks two hours following lunch. To maintain a solid end of shift, consume another snack to boost blood sugar and last through the end of the day. The result? More calories burned, a steady state of energy, and weight maintenance day after day.
See this link for an article on breakfast and metabolism.
Download the attached PDF guide for easy smoothies, which you can make days in advance with several servings, for a one cup breakfast solution.