There are many benefits of eating breakfast. The main ones are a more even blood sugar level, better energy levels, sharper concentration, a faster metabolism, and improved moods. The word breakfast literally means “breaking the fast” which is what your body has been in since your dinner the previous energy. When you skip breakfast your body is being deprived of the fuel that it needs to keep your brain and central nervous system functioning optimally.
Those people who miss breakfast often encounter a drop in their blood sugar levels mid-morning resulting in grumpiness, loss of concentration, and an overwhelming desire to eat that doughnut, muffin, or danish. From a calorie and fat gram consumption, the slice of toast, cereal, oats, or piece of fruit that could have been breakfast is already less calories.
Breakfast eaters tend to consume fewer calories collectively throughout the day, as compared to breakfast skippers. Breakfast skippers tend to binge eat later on in the day. People who eat breakfast have more even blood sugar levels, and do not feel the need for the extra energy provided by that sugar high. Eating breakfast will dampen your appetite later on in the day.
Skipping breakfast puts your body into starvation mode. The very next thing that you put in your mouth is going to stick. (That doughnut or danish isn’t looking quite so tempting now, is it?)
Research has shown that children who miss breakfast are not able to concentrate or learn as well at school as the child who has eaten their toast or cereal.
Many people skip breakfast in the misguided notion that this will help with their weight management campaign. However, skipping breakfast results in the exact opposite. So for those of you battling the bulge, an easy way to start dropping the pounds is to start eating a healthy breakfast.
What is a healthy breakfast?
Ideally, a healthy breakfast will allow you to power through the first half of the day. Many nutritionists say that your breakfast should contain at least one third of your daily calories. By consuming those calories first thing in the morning, your body has a much better chance of burning them off.
Great breakfast ideas are:
* 2 slices of wholewheat toast or a wholewheat bagel. Try for the lower GI brands to prevent blood sugar spikes. Select breads containing a minimum of 2 grams of fiber per slice.
* scrambled eggs.
* grilled tomatoes with or without toast.
* cooked oats with calcium enriched low fat milk. The oats will provide you with complex carbohydrates that are low in GI. Oats will leave you satisfied for longer.
* healthy mueslis or breakfast cereals. Look for those high in fiber and low in sugar. Ideally your cereal should contain more than 5 grams of fiber and less than 5 grams of sugar per serve.
* fresh fruit with a low fat yogurt.
* fruit smoothies.
* lean bacon and cooked eggs, without the oil.
* omelets with bacon, low fat cheese, or fresh vegetables (such as mushrooms, spinach or tomatoes).
* if you are eating breakfast on the run, read the labels carefully. Opt for the brands with the lowest sugar and fat contents.
* substitute sugar on your breakfast foods with nutmeg, vanilla, or cinnamon.
No matter your age, the benefits of eating breakfast are numerous. You will have a more productive day, feel more alert, have more energy, be in a better mood, have a faster metabolism, and be less prone to gaining weight.