The Importance of Eating Breakfast
Even more incredible is the fact that breakfast eaters are 30% less likely to be overweight or obese. This means that people who eat breakfast tend to eat more but weigh less. People who eat breakfast jump-start their bodies into earlier metabolism than those who wait until much later to eat their first meal.
The first meal of the day also helps people improve their concentration throughout the day and perform better in school or on the job. Breakfast also provides us with more strength and endurance as we engage in physical activity as the day continues. Fatigue is less likely to set in, especially during the early afternoon hours.
Including lean protein in your breakfast is one of the best ways to maintain a healthy diet routine. Although eggs are not necessarily contributors of lower weight, they are the best source of high-quality protein out there. Eating two eggs at breakfast is much healthier than a bagel, with or without cream cheese.
According to an article in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, “When people eat eggs at breakfast, they felt more satisfied and consumed fewer calories throughout the day.” A slice of Canadian bacon at breakfast time will also do the trick and lead people to feel less hungry during the rest of the morning.
Breakfast cereals have also been found to potentially play a major role in maintaining a healthy weight. Cereals of the refined grain and whole-grain types are the best. People who eat cereals regularly for breakfast were found to weigh less than those who skipped breakfast all together.
Many people skip breakfast because they claim they do not have any time to eat. Some quick and healthy ideas for breakfast include:
- a smoothie made with low-fat yogurt and fruit
- a hard-boiled egg and a banana or other fruit
- whole-grained cereal with low-fat milk and fresh fruit
- a Canadian bacon omelet and whole-wheat toast
Eating a healthy breakfast helps prevent your body from hitting rock bottom and getting too hungry. By noon, when your brain and body are running on empty and have noglucose left, they are no longer able to function properly and at their potentials. Your brain loses focus and has a hard time concentrating. Your body goes into starvation mode and starts to store as much as it can, in the form of fat, thinking it will not be getting anything good anytime soon. This is why people who skip meals tend to gain weight rather than lose it.
Breakfast is a great time to consume the important nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. Essential vitamins and minerals, which help build bone strength and a healthy immune system, are plentiful in breakfast foods. Most importantly, breakfast is the best time to replenish blood glucose to levels needed for proper brain and body function.
It is, in fact, true when people say, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Not only is it the meal that breaks the fast between dinner the night before and the meal you will eat after you have started your day, it is the one that sets the tone for the rest of the day. Breakfast gives you the energy boost needed to have a productive, focused day at work or at play.