If you are one of the 30 percent people who believes that you should skip eating breakfast because you don't have time and that you can lose body weight, you are sorely mistaken. There's a reason why that old saying that "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" is true. The word breakfast,
when understood in literal terminology, means breaking
. Having not eaten while sleeping for at least six hours inevitably causes blood sugar levels to drop and the metabolic rate to decrease.
Here's a nice statistic according to a Harvard University study: people who eat breakfast are nearly 50 percent less
likely to be obese than those who don't eat breakfast. In other words, you're risk of becoming obese increases when not eating breakfast!
Here are other reasons why eating breakfast is so important:
- Breakfast provides the vitamins and minerals the body needs for the day.
A meal of whole-grain cereal with milk and low-fat yogurt with granola provides calcium and fiber--two nutrients deficient in many American's diets.
- Breakfast can help you lose body weight.
After an overnight fast, your body's metabolic rate decreases and as a result, you burn calories at a slower rate. Your body, as a result, will not efficiently burn calories throughout the day. Be sure to eat complex carbs like oatmeal or whole-grain toast, foods which contain plenty of fiber and are low in sugar. Foods such as oatmeal provide a steady supply of energy and is satiating, thus minimizing the urge to snack on sugary snacks later in the day.
- Breakfast boosts your brainpower.
Eating upon waking up will fuel your brain with much-needed glucose from carbs. The brain's fuel is glucose, so limiting your intake of carbs in the morning can adversely affect your ability to mentally focus and feel sluggish.
- Breakfast can reduce your risk of incurring diseases.
Eating fibrous foods (e.g., oatmeal, whole-wheat toast) for breakfast can reduce your risk of getting heart disease and breast cancer because eating fiber can reduce your LDL (the bad cholesterol) and estrogen levels. There is research that provides a correlation between skipping breakfast and an increased risk of getting a heart attack. If you don't eat breakfast because you don't feel hungry in the morning, stop eating after 8pm. By eating less food later in the day, you will eventually feel more hungry in the mornings.