The Importance of Breakfast
Most of us have heard our mothers say, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” The truth is, it is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast is considered breaking the fast. When you wake up in the morning, your blood sugar (glucose) and other metabolic levels are low. When you skip breakfast, you are telling your body to stay in a hibernation-like state, where you use stored carbohydrates, proteins, and fats to get you going in the morning. When using those stored carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, your body is only burning minimal calories. Eating a healthy breakfast helps in the following ways:
1. Provides you with the nutrients you need.
Individuals who eat breakfast are more likely to provide their bodies with the essential nutrients to get them going in the morning. By providing your body with those essential nutrients, you’re more alert, you’re helping your body achieve optimal health, and you’re satisfying your cravings. To ensure you are receiving those essential nutrients, you will need to incorporate a whole-grain, a protein, a product that contains calcium, and a product that contains fiber.
2. Aids in weight loss.
Researchers have found that eating a healthy breakfast allows you to eat less food at your next meal and/or help with cravings of higher-calorie snacks. Breakfast helps boosts your metabolism which increases the amount of calories burned to aid in weight loss. With proper nutrition and making sure you eat the right amount of meals, you are on your way to losing those extra pounds.
3. Boosting your brain function.
The brain is the only organ in the body that only uses glucose to function. By starting your morning off with breakfast you are ensuring that your brainwaves are functioning. With the brain properly functioning, it will allow for better concentration and helps increase your work productivity.
4. Help protect from diseases.
Eating a high-fiber breakfast helps to lower your risk of developing a bad LDL cholesterol and/ or heart disease. Researchers have also suggested that having a high-fiber diet can help with shuttling excessed estrogen out of the body. High levels of estrogen is corresponded with increasing risk of developing breast cancer, so try to eat more apples, avocado, and pears.