Last Updated on November 23, 2020
1. The benefits of eating breakfast every day
The importance of eating breakfast has been the focus of a great number of nutrition experts for decades. Breakfast is considered so necessary that throughout your whole life you’ve been hearing your family, friends, and health specialist calling it “the most important meal of the day”. But where does that come from? Here are a few reasons that scientifically back up that claim, assuming that you eat a reasonably healthy breakfast.
Energy and metabolism boost: for most people, eating breakfast means finally eating after 12 hours (since last night’s dinner). So, when they finally break this fasting period, it is important to eat a combination of good carbs (bread, whole-grain cereals, fresh fruit, and veggies) and protein (low-fat milk, nuts, and low-fat yogurt). If you exercise in the morning, eat something light such as a banana to prevent some discomfort during your work out (when exercising, your body stops digesting food). If you don’t eat anything at all, you might feel very weak and shaky. Just make sure to eat again after exercising. After waking up, your metabolism is still slow because of the adjustment it makes during “sleep mode”.
A healthy breakfast will simultaneously boost your metabolism so that your body starts burning through calories at an optimal rate from the beginning of the day and provide you enough energy so that your muscles and brain reach their maximum potential as early as possible. This way, you will guarantee that you can focus on your morning tasks, therefore being more productive at work or school.
Helps control blood sugar: if you have diabetes, skipping breakfast will most likely result in hypoglycemia. That means you will feel tired, anxious, and shaky, and could eventually lead to irregular heartbeat and even seizures. Although it is way more dangerous for people who suffer from diabetes, skipping breakfast also has its risks for people with normal glucose levels. It can negatively affect their mood and ultimately lead to diabetes.
Keep a healthy heart: eating a healthy breakfast and never missing it will help prevent heart attacks and strokes. A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology reported that breakfast skippers were more prone to develop atherosclerosis – a condition that happens when the inside of an artery narrows due to the buildup of plaque, and that is very common from the age of 65.