“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day “
We’ve heard this so much that we believe it was simply a way to get us to eat when we were younger. But breakfast truly is important. From kick starting your metabolism to providing the energy you need to helping improve your focus for the rest of the day, the importance of starting your day with the ideal breakfast cannot be overemphasized. People who eat breakfast are also known to have better memory, reduced LDL levels, reduced risks of being overweight, develop heart disease and getting diabetes.
It is widely argued that this is just as a result of having healthier lifestyles. However, one thing is clear : your body is thrown in a state of chaos without a morning meal. In the morning when you come awake, your blood sugar is low because nothing has gone into the body for hours. Breakfast is the answer to the body’s urgent need. Plus, skipping breakfast will sometimes cause you to overeat later as you’ll be trying to make up for lost fuel.
You’ll also notice that the foods you usually have for breakfast often contain lots of nutrients and vitamins including fiber. They’re usually dairy, fruits and grains which you most likely will not get completely later.
Breakfast is skipped most of the time because the world is moving as such a fast pace, there’s hardly time to do anything. We’re always in a hurry to leave the house every morning. This, unfortunately, is not a healthy habit. As we’ve mentioned before, skipping breakfast causes you to overeat later in the day, and you’ll probably have cravings for high-sugar and high-fat foods. You see, we make lots of important decisions everyday and one of the most important decisions for the day is having breakfast.
Below are reasons why we say so
Why is Breakfast so Important?
You’ll be breaking a fast
We mentioned before that the period between dinner and your waking up the next morning is usually the longest your body has to go without food. We’ve also mentioned that your blood sugar level is usually low on waking up. Therefore, when you eat few hours after waking up, two hours most ideally, your blood sugar level is impacted and your insulin levels become balanced for the rest of the day. Your brain would be running empty without breakfast, along with your body- which could be a disaster. At the end of the day, you’ll wind up hungrier than ever and end up stuffing yourself while trying to satiate yourself. This will eventually cause your blood sugar levels and energy levels go become imbalanced leading to more overeating.
Breakfast is Linked to Your Weight
According to research, morning meals are good for your waistline. It was found that people who had breakfast had less weight than the ones who skipped. There are lots of explanations for this. One is that breakfast is usually filled with protein and fiber which are known to enhance feelings of fullness, thus keeping our appetite in check for the remaining part of the day. This way, you have less cravings and eat less at lunch and dinner. So don’t think you’re doing your dieting any good by skipping meals in the morning. Infact, according to studies, people who lose weight and keep it off are known to not skip breakfast everyday. It’s also important you keep in mind that not every food is ideal for breakfast. Note also that eating large quantities of food at breakfast causes you to eat more during the day.
Breakfast stimulates the brain
Not everybody knows that having breakfast causes you to have an edge mentally. It’s not ideal for your brain to go without food as food will help improve focus, memory and concentration. It also helps you process data and reason better.
Breakfast kickstarts your metabolism
It is with breakfast that your metabolism is kickstarted in the morning. Having your metabolism jump-started in the morning boosts your calorie burning for the rest of the day. When you skip breakfast, your body is inclined to conserve calories instead of burning them and you might add weight instead of losing them.
Improves Fiber Intake
Breakfast is usually made up of fruits and whole grains which contain lots of fiber. You could meet or almost meet your daily fiber requirement just be eating breakfast. Fiber can also contribute to the reduction of cholesterol (LDL) in the body.
Reduces Risk of Diabetes
Because skipping breakfast causes you to over-indulge later in the day, as a result of unhealthy food – you run a risk of developing diabetes. This is because your insulin levels become dangerously instead. One study found that people who skipped breakfast had a 21% higher chance of developing diabetes compared to people who ate breakfast.
Reduces Risk of Heart Disease
As a result of the overeating that comes after skipping breakfast, you could begin to gain weight. Uncurbed weight gain puts you at a risk of developing high blood pressure and high cholesterol problems. Infact, according to research, people who skip breakfast have higher heart disease incidents compared to the ones who don’t.
Breakfast boosts energy levels
Eating breakfast supplies needed energy to the body. The ones who do not skip breakfast engage in more physical activities and are generally much more energetic. Engaging in physical activity will help prevent fatigue Sluggish weight gain.
Breakfast encourages healthier eating
At the breakfast table, you tend to take more whole grains and milk. Milk provides calcium which is important for the body. It also fills you up, causing you to more likely make healthier eating decisions later in the day.
Eating a balanced breakfast
Here’s what a balanced breakfast looks like :
• A serving of vegetables and fruits
• Two servings of high fiber or whole-grains
• A serving of dairy food with low-fat
• A three ounce serving of food rich in protein.
The meal should have about 300 calories.
Ways To Eat a Healthy and Quick Breakfast
We understand that it is difficult to make out time to eat something in the morning, especially if you have to be at work really early and worse if you have kids. Here are a few tips to help you do better :
• Try making a menu for breakfast every month, changing meals weekly.
• Plan a grocery list in your free time and work towards getting everything on your list over the weekend.
• You could cut fresh fruits up a night before and have then drizzled in lemon so they don’t get brown by the next day. You could refrigerate when you’re done.