Although it sounds like an old wives’ tale, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. I’m willing to bet you’ve heard your fair share of seemingly bizarre breakfast-based prophecies from your time. My favorite has to be: “Breakfast is like a king, lunch is like a prince, and dinner is like a pauper”, simply because it encourages people to eat a lot of breakfast!
Unfortunately, many people, myself included, find it difficult to eat breakfast and have gotten into the habit of skipping this incredibly unhealthy habit. Well, we’re here to change that starting today! Here are four real reasons why you should eat breakfast:
Breaking The Fast:
Have you ever wondered why we call our first meal of the day “breakfast”? It’s pretty obvious when you think about it: we break the fast, which is what we experience while sleeping. While we sleep, our bodies noticeably slow down our metabolic rates because we haven’t eaten for hours. At breakfast, we wake up our metabolic processes. When we eat our cereal or toast, we put fuel in our bodies and start our engines for the day! Many nutritionists around the world suggest eating breakfast within two hours of waking up to really feel the benefits.
Great For Weight Loss:
Time and time again, research and studies show that people who eat breakfast lose and maintain weight at a faster rate than those who don’t. By eating a hearty breakfast, you reduce cravings for a large, unhealthy lunch. Also, if you don’t eat breakfast, your body doesn’t process your next meal as quickly or efficiently as it should, and instead stores nutrients and fuel. This leads to weight gain and lethargy.
You might think that superfoods, meaning foods with high levels or nutrients, are hard to come by, especially at breakfast. You couldn’t be more wrong! Most superfoods are actually breakfast foods! For example, eggs are a great source of protein and antioxidants that keep your eyes and skin healthy. Several studies have shown that people who eat egg-based breakfasts function better throughout the morning and need to eat more than those who eat breakfasts with the same number of calories, such as bagels, for example Do you prefer a light fruit salad to a heavy egg meal?
Try incorporating berries into your breakfast! Raspberries alone contain 8 grams of fiber per cup, as well as ellagic acid, which is believed to have anti-cancer properties. Blueberries are full of antioxidants, fight inflammation and improve oral health, and strawberries contain more vitamin C than the daily dose.
If you enjoy a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, you’ll consume high levels of calcium, potassium, vitamin E, and protein, all of which reduce stress, lower cholesterol, and improve digestion. Yogurt is also a very healthy breakfast option because it is full of “good bacteria.” In fact, during the 1970s, Soviet Georgia said their huge following was due to the amount of yogurt they consumed.
Start Your Day Right
By refueling soon after you wake up, you’re setting yourself up for a great, alert, and productive day. However, if you skip breakfast, you may find yourself disinterested and irritable and completely beside yourself. One of the main reasons this happens is that you haven’t restored your glucose levels, which is essential for brain function. Just eat a healthy breakfast and you’ll notice how much more focus and energy you have So tomorrow morning, when you wake up, be sure to start your day off right with a great healthy breakfast!