Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day? Perhaps you learned at an early age to wake up, get moving and grab a snack a “little” later. If you are not eating breakfast within the first hour of waking, you may be setting the tone for the rest of the day.
Here are the top reasons why you should definitely eat breakfast, every day:
- Break the fast. Ever think of what “breakfast” means? Your body responds to not eating for hours and hours by slowing down it’s metabolic rate. By eating breakfast, you wake up your metabolism and get your engine humming, burning those calories you need to burn to lose weight.
- Eat more, weigh less. Researchers have repeatedly shown that people who eat breakfast have a better chance of losing weight, and keeping it off. When you skip meals, you’re so hungry by lunchtime you will lose your will to control calorie intake and eat anything!
- Cancel the Danish or sugared doughnut first thing in the morning – they cause a blood sugar dip a couple of hours later, leaving you hungry and low on energy. You’ll be desperate for something to perk you up, and are more likely to grab another high-sugar refined carb, for a quick sugar rush.
- Breakfast makes your machine run better. Get yourself on a schedule with a healthy breakfast, and you’re ready to take on the world!
Now, go do the right thing and start every day with a healthy breakfast!
Carolyn Bell, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist