Why You Should Eat Breakfast

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You’ve no doubt heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but why? Let’s look at the benefits of breakfast and the science that supports a healthy breakfast each morning:

You’ll be smarter. A healthy breakfast will improve your performance at work or school. Breakfast replenishes depleted essential nutrients to perform both physically and mentally. A study conducted by the Food Research and Action Center shows that students who eat breakfast perform better on tests and when studying reading or math. The right breakfast, low in sugar but high in protein and complex carbohydrates will improve your brain’s speed, concentration, and problem-solving skills. Children who eat breakfast have better problem-solving skills, better hand-eye coordination and are more creative and alert.

You’ll have more energy. Food is converted to energy, if your last meal was dinner last night and you skip breakfast, that’s 12-18 hours of fasting. Food and energy are essential for your brain and body to work properly and you will feel slow and listless through the morning with low blood sugar. The American Dietetic Association suggests a healthy breakfast of lean protein, fruit, whole grains, and vegetables to provide the most energy and dietary benefits. Skipping breakfast is linked to decreased physical activity and abdominal obesity. [1]

You’ll lose weight. Skipping breakfast may reduce your calorie intake temporarily at breakfast time, but it does not promote weight loss. That fasting period between dinner last night and lunch today sends a message to your body that it needs to conserve rather than burn any calories available. Your body will preserve stored fat for what it believes is approaching famine. Eating a healthy breakfast will jumpstart your metabolism, burning more calories throughout the day. Lean protein at breakfast will also increase the number of calories burned, and help you feel more full for a longer period and continue that process until a small, healthy lunch.

Your skin will be healthier. Breakfast benefits your skin (as well as your hair and nails). Eggs, lean proteins like turkey or chicken breast and fruit are essential to a nutritious breakfast. These foods are packed with vitamins A and D and lutein, which helps maintain healthy skin.

Breakfast may reduce your risk of heart disease or diabetes. People who skip breakfast tend to overeat later in the day. This overeating of larger and less nutritious meals leads to weight gain, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and a greater risk of cardiovascular issues. Breakfast eaters have lower incidences of heart disease than breakfast skippers. [2]

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