Ah, breakfast. One of my three favorite meals of the day.
I love getting up in the morning and allowing myself plenty of time to eat my greek yogurt with Fiber One mixed in, drink some coffee and not have to rush into my day.
Now I’m sure once I have children, my beloved mornings will be nothing more than a memory, but I know I will still manage to find a minute or two to shove something in my mouth before I’m off chasing kiddos around. I know this because if I don’t eat, I turn into a vicious beast. A “food mood” as my husband calls it.
So I consume food for everybody’s benefit, not just my own…well, this is what I tell myself anyway…
Do not ignore poor breakfast. It does quite a few things to help with weight loss. If you frequently skip the first meal of the day, I’m going to tell you how eating breakfast can do everything from giving you more energy to keeping you from overeating later on. Read on to find even more reasons why you should fill up when you wake up.
1) Breakfast Keeps You From Overeating
Some people that are trying to lose weight feel if they don’t eat breakfast, they will save calories, which will help them drop the pounds faster. However, by skipping breakfast, you could be making yourself hungrier later on in the morning, causing you to munch on more than you normally would.
Now that’s not to say people who don’t eat breakfast will be stuffing their face till they’re bloated and gassy, but what I am saying is when the time comes, you might be thinking more with your stomach rather than your noggin, making choices that are not the best and eating more food.
2) Breakfast Revs Your Metabolism
When you eat a good ole breakfast, you are literally “breaking the fast” after being without food for the entire night. Grub gives your metabolism a little kick in the pants to get it going in the morning, increasing it up to 10%.
Think of it this way. If you’ve ever been camping, I am sure you have built a campfire. Have you ever seen the fire die down to burning embers? Say you put more wood on that little guy. Before you know it (well, after a little bit of stoking), you have a full on fire again, right?
Well, the campfire is your metabolism. The embers show what your metabolism is like in the morning. Since your body doesn’t need too much from it when you are sleeping, the metabolism slows down. The wood represents your breakfast– the fuel in the equation.
The fire illustrates thermogenesis, “the metabolic process of digesting and transporting food,” says nutritionist Serena Styles. That means the energy it takes for your body to digest the food. You can actually thank thermogenesis for the boost in your metabolism.
3) Breakfast Gives You Energy
If you tend to skip breakfast, you end up feeling worn out faster, causing you to possibly reach for quick sources of energy (aka junk food) later on in the day.
Studies have shown that eating a nutritious breakfast will increase your energy, which will set you up for success throughout the day.
When you have more energy, you’re more active and when your activity increases, you burn a higher amount of calories!
4) Eating Breakfast is Healthier Overall
When you eat a well balanced breakfast, you are stabilizing your blood sugar till lunch time.
Maintaining steady blood sugar levels can prevent:
- mood swings
- becoming just plain cranky (a food mood)
A balanced meal consists of a healthy protein (greek yogurt, protein powder, eggs, etc.), complex carbohydrates (whole grains, fruit, etc.) and a fat (peanut butter, almonds, avocado, etc.).
This combination will “slowly release energy during the morning,” a Fitday article states, and will leave you feeling full for hours.
Eating breakfast also…
- helps to keep you from being a Grumpy McGrumperton
- improves concentration
- lengthens your attention span
- you’re more likely to get all of the important daily nutrients
- you don’t get sick as often
In conclusion, I don’t need any convincing on eating breakfast. Knowing the marvelous meal is waiting for me is one of the main things that gets me out of bed in the morning.
If you are not a breakfast eater though, hopefully, these tips will urge you to try adding some food into your morning routine!
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