Why Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day

Research shows there are several disadvantages to skipping breakfast.

If you’re a notorious breakfast skipper, it’s time to put that bad habit to bed! Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day; it helps fuel your body to do its best, but did you know there’s more to it than that? Research has shown that there are a wide variety of benefits to eating breakfast far beyond simple fuel.

Advantages Of Breakfast

Breakfast eaters vs. skippers is a subject of plenty of research, which means that the findings we have are reliable and not just part of a PR stunt from the egg industry. All of these studies have found that in general, those who eat breakfast are better able to focus, are less likely to have a high BMI, and make healthier choices throughout the day. All of these factors stem from different side effects. Better performance comes from the simple fuel concept while making better choices stems from giving the body the power to fight decision fatigue and hunger, making you less likely to make unhealthy choices. The lower BMI fact is one of, the more interesting, those who skip breakfast often eat fewer calories over the course of a day. However, because breakfast signals the body that it does not need to conserve calories skipping means that your metabolism will slow.

Disadvantages of Skipping Breakfast

With all of these advantages to eating breakfast, skipping often results in the exact opposites. The body burns fewer calories resulting in higher BMI. You’re more likely to choose unhealthy foods and snacks when you do eat. Additionally, those who don’t eat breakfast are more likely not to meet their recommended fruit and vegetable intakes for the day.

Making Good Choices

With all of these pros and cons in mind, you may be thinking you can just eat anything and keep the rewards. But a lousy breakfast is almost the same as no breakfast. Sticking with low-fat, high fiber options with a base of protein is an excellent start to the day. High fiber, whole wheat toast with a tablespoon of peanut butter and a side of fruit is a great example of a healthy choice that will fuel you. Another great idea is to get some veggies in with your breakfast. Try a morning quinoa bowl topped with cooked kale, kimchi, and an egg for a filling, protein-rich dish that will jumpstart your day.

 

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