Why you shouldn't skip breakfast

Why you shouldn't skip breakfast

You probably grew up hearing the old adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day—and it still rings true. There’s a lot of science to suggest that breakfast can help you kick start your metabolism, maintain a healthy bodyweight and feel more energized throughout the day.

Unfortunately, breakfast is also often the easiest meal to skimp on, forget about or skip altogether. A healthy breakfast takes a little time and preparation, so it often falls to the wayside on a busy morning spent rushing to get out the door.

Some people also think that skipping breakfast will help them lose weight when the opposite is actually true. When you skip breakfast, you’ll be more likely to eat more for your next meal or eat high-calorie snacks to keep hunger at bay.

The science behind the saying

Studies have shown that people who eat fewer, larger meals add more body fat than when they eat the same number of calories in smaller, more frequent meals. So by starting off your day with a balanced breakfast, you spread out your calorie consumption and improve your chances for weight loss.

Eating a healthy breakfast also sets the tone for the rest of your day. People who eat breakfast tend to maintain a healthier overall diet, while people who skip their morning meal are less likely to get their suggested daily vitamins and minerals.

Healthy breakfast ideas

A balanced diet starts with a balanced breakfast. While it’s easy to grab a pastry or pour a sweet bowl of cereal for breakfast, these sugary items aren’t ideal. A healthy breakfast includes a combination of whole grains, lean protein, low-fat dairy and fruits and vegetables. Remember that a little planning can go a long way, so think about your meal ahead of time and you'll be less likely to skip it.

Here are some excellent breakfast options to try:

  • Egg omelet with chopped vegetables
  • Rolled oatmeal topped with nuts and fresh or dried fruit
  • A fruit, spinach and yogurt smoothie
  • Multi-grain pancakes with fruit and yogurt
  • A whole-grain waffle topped with peanut butter and banana
  • Scrambled eggs and whole grain toast

Posted: 7/27/2015 by Goshen Health
Filed under: breakfast, diet, healthy, metabolism

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