We've all heard that saying "breakfast is the most important meal of the day". Well, it's true! Breakfast helps set the tone for the rest of the day. If you’re one of those people who think skipping breakfast is a good way to lose weight... think again! Here are five reasons why you SHOULD eat a healthy breakfast every morning.
Ever think of what "breakfast" means? Your body responds to not eating for hours and hours by slowing down its metabolic rate. By eating breakfast, you wake up your metabolism and get your engine humming, burning those calories you need to lose weight.
Thinking of Skipping?
Researchers have repeatedly shown that people who eat breakfast have a better chance of losing weight, and keeping it off. When you skip breakfast, you’re so hungry by lunchtime you want to eat WAY more then what you would normally! When you skip a meal, your body goes into fasting mode which increases your insulin response and in turn - causes your body to store more fat.
Concentration & Memory
Choosing the right foods to refuel your body when you wake up, improves your memory and ability to focus. Skipping breakfast may make it more difficult to concentrate. When you are choosing a morning meal, try to include a mix of carbohydrates, protein and fat. This mix of nutrients increases memory and allows your body to get the fuel it needs to focus. Carbohydrates are an especially important inclusion in your morning meal because they have the most impact on long-term memory.
smoked salmon, cucumber, cream cheese and spring onion
Hungry + Angry = "Hangry"
People who do not eat breakfast can sometimes suffer from fatigue and irritability throughout the morning. Most people compensate for tiredness by drinking coffee - coffee is not breakfast! Tiredness generally makes people irritated and grumpy. Start your day on a positive note and eat a nutritious and filling breakfast!
If it Says, "Nutritious" it Doesn’t Necessarily Mean it’s Healthy
Cereal manufacturers are experts in marketing and unless you actually read the labels, you can't be sure exactly how much refined sugar is in them! Sugary breakfast cereals and breakfast danishes can cause a huge blood sugar dip a couple of hours later. You’ll be desperate for something to perk you up not long after you've eaten!
It only takes an extra 10 minutes in the morning to make yourself some breakfast - do it. You will notice the difference!