Breakfast is a nutritious way to start out your day. Eating breakfast refuels your body, enhances your mood, improves your concentration, helps you maintain a healthy weight, and is the foundation of a healthy diet. Eating a healthy breakfast can be quick and easy, and provide you with benefits that last the entire day.
Video of the Day
Typically, there is a period of 8 to 12 hours between dinner and your morning meal. Therefore, when you eat breakfast, you are breaking a fast from the night before. Breakfast is a chance to give your body the food it needs to replenish your blood glucose levels. Glucose is your main energy source; it fuels your brain and your body. Eating breakfast will provide your body with the glucose it needs to function properly and fight fatigue.
Eating a healthy breakfast is a great opportunity to eat nutritious foods, which provide your body with essential vitamins and minerals. Vitamins and minerals are needed by your body for proper growth and maintenance, carbohydrate and protein metabolism, bone strength, and a healthy immune system. People who regularly consume a healthy breakfast are more likely to meet their daily nutrient requirements, eat less fat and have a lower cholesterol, which may reduce the risk of heart disease.
A well-balanced breakfast can help keep you alert and productive throughout the morning. Breakfast improves concentration, problem-solving skills, hand-eye coordination, creativity and attention span. Eating breakfast will also give you energy, help you be more physically active, and miss fewer days of school or work due to illness.
Many people have the misconception that skipping breakfast will help them lose weight. However, doing this may actually cause you to snack throughout the day, eat more at your next meal, and negatively impact your mood. Breakfast boosts your metabolism first thing in the morning. It curbs your hunger, prevents binge eating later in the day, and stabilizes your blood sugar. In addition, eating a fiber-rich breakfast helps you fill up and keeps you full for longer so that you do consume extra calories throughout the day.
People who eat breakfast regularly are more likely to consume a healthier diet overall. By skipping breakfast, you may have a difficult time consuming essential nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. Breakfast foods typically consist of milk, whole grains, fruit and even vegetables, which are significant sources of vitamins C and D, calcium, iron and fiber. If you do not eat breakfast, you may not meet your daily nutrient recommendations. Most importantly, eating breakfast leads to healthier food choices at other meals.
Eating breakfast does not mean downing a cup of coffee and a doughnut. The core of a healthy breakfast consist of whole grains, such as hot or cold cereals; a bran muffin; whole-wheat rolls or bagels; low-fat protein, such as peanut butter, lean meat, poultry, fish or hard boiled eggs; low-fat dairy, including skim milk, low-fat yogurt and low-fat cheeses; and fruit and vegetables, such as 100 percent juices, parfaits, smoothies and fresh or frozen fruit. Less healthy options such as sweet buns, fried eggs, sausage, deep fried cakes and soft drinks do not provide you with the lasting benefits of a healthy breakfast.
Lose Weight. Feel Great! Change your life with MyPlate by LIVESTRONG.COM
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s the perfect thing to wake-up to after a long, hard night of sleep. It is important because it tastes absolutely delicious, it’s an important source of energy for the day, and it helps with weight loss.
Breakfast is by far the tastiest meal. Why? Because people can eat anything for breakfast. From a simple bowl of cereal to a filet mignon, it can all be done. Unlike dinner, breakfast can be sweet or salty. Of course breakfast CAN be eaten for dinner, but it just isn’t the same.
After some six-ten hours of not eating, something needs to be consumed in order to not turn into a sloth. The last thing students need is to have to go to school on an empty stomach – it just makes school that much harder. Even just a few cheerios can make the difference.
Unknown to many people, breakfast can actually help people lose weight! (As long as the breakfast is healthy, that is.) One theory of why it helps with weight loss is that breakfast reduces hunger throughout the day, so people are less likely to constantly be eating. Also many breakfast foods that people eat such as eggs or fruit are healthy foods.
Take mom’s advice and eat your breakfast. The pros most definitely outweigh the cons. People often say that they never have time for breakfast, but even a banana or energy bar on the go will help. Just do it.