5 Reasons Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day
Your parents weren’t exaggerating…Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.
While it’s easy to skip breakfast while flying out of the door. Taking the time to eat something before you’re bogged down in meetings and tackling adult life, can increase your energy, speed up your metabolism, and improve brain power.
There’s no rule that says you have to consume a continental breakfast, but it’s a great idea to eat a small meal or meal replacement within an hour of waking up or after your morning workout.
If you do have time to eat a bite, resist the urge to eat something for a quick fix like a doughnut, pastry or other sugary filled foods. Those types are empty carbs that lead you straight to weight gain.
If you’re pushed for time, it’s best to have a small bowl of bran or oat cereal with low-fat or or soy milk, fruit and veggie smoothie or whole-grain granola bars.
Let’s dig in and review the five reasons why breakfast is the most important meal of the day:
Better Morning Mood
Skipping breakfast before work? That may be working against you. Studies show that when you eat a small meal before you start your day, it puts you in a better mood. If you don’t have time to eat a large meal, grab a piece of fruit to give you a boost. You may find out you’re a morning person after all.
Increase of Energy
Refueling your body immediately after an early morning workout will give you just what you need to keep your energy up throughout the day. A full breakfast can be substituted by a lean protein shake.
Picture this: You’ve got a meeting with a potential client at noon, but you’re so tired and unfocused that you can’t remember what day of the week it is. You find yourself scrambling for coffee, a snickers bar, m&m’s or something with a caffeine overload. Sound familiar? People who take the time to eat a nutritious breakfast have better focus, memory and concentration.
Breakfast kick-starts your metabolism, helping you burn calories throughout the day. It’s a known fact that a high metabolism can lead to weight loss. If you’ve ever heard your personal trainer or favorite nutrition expert advise you not to skip meals, this is why. Researchers have found that people who start their day with a source of fiber or protein for breakfast lose more weight than people who skip breakfast.
Long Term Health Benefits
Eating a healthy breakfast has been linked to better health, healthier hair and nails, lower levels of “bad” cholesterol, decreases your chances of getting diabetes, heart disease and low risk of being overweight.