Breakfast is your post workout meal but also probably the most important meal of the day to promote muscle growth. After hours of fasting your body is primed to absorb and utilise far more nutrients than it is able to at other times from the meals in that day.
Blood glucose levels are low, muscle glycogen and amino acid stores are low and your body will be in a state of dehydration, you are like a zombie. When you eat that breakfast, your body will release a hugely anabolic hormone called insulin and this “storage hormone” will send nutrients to your starved muscles elevating protein synthesis and creating the anabolic environment you need to grow the muscle cell. By not sitting down to breakfast skipping that calorie dense, protein rich meal and exploiting this opportunity you are affecting in a negative way your potential for growth, not to mention missing out on a multitude of other health benefits.
If you work out in the morning you should eat protein and carbohydrates at breakfast about 30 to 60 minutes before that. If you don’t feel hungry, you still need to eat this mix even if you drink a protein shake!
Include a fruit or vegetable in your breakfast. Most guys don’t eat enough, so this is an easy way to boost your intake. The small amount of carbohydrates will restore liver glycogen levels, thus providing your muscles and brain the fuel they need to function at their peak, so remember that eating your breakfast is crucial if you want to grow muscles!