The Most Important Meal Of The Day & The Secret To Staying Healthy!

The Most Important Meal Of The Day & The Secret To Staying Healthy!

Why is breakfast the most important meal of the day? Well the name “breakfast” gives us a good clue “break” – “fast”. You are in essence breaking the fast you have been on whilst you were sleeping. It’s the longest period your body and brain go without food. You could have gone 8-12 hours since you last had any food. Your blood sugar levels will be down and you will be in a catabolic state. That’s why you’re more likely to become tired in the morning. Most people think it’s down to not having enough sleep which sometimes is the case but your lack of energy is down to the lack food in your body.

Having a couple more hours worth of sleep can sometimes be the worst thing to do because that’s another few more hours that your body will go without replenishing it’s energy supplies!

Don’t Skip Breakfast!

Avoiding breakfast will not help with your losing weight goals. If you are skipping breakfast your body will store the fuel rather than burn it off because it’s unsure when the next meal is going to arrive. Studies have shown that people tend to accumulate more body fat when they eat fewer, larger meals than when they eat the same number of calories in smaller, more frequent meals.

When you are eating breakfast as part of a healthy lifestyle. Your body knows it will be getting refuelled so will use the energy rather than storing. Breakfast is actually good for weight loss and will help you maintain a healthy weight if that is your goal. You will notice how much better you will feel by not skipping breakfast.

Missing Breakfast Could Cause Serious Health Problems

US doctors have proven through their research that skipping the first meal of the day increases the chance of becoming obese, developing diabetes and even having a heart attack. Their study showed that eating a healthy breakfast including such foods as whole-grain cereals every morning are likely to see benefits to their health.

The BBC reported that DR Mark Pereira and his colleagues at Harvard Medical School analysed the eating habits of 1,198 black people and 1,633 white participants. Overall, 47% of whites and 22% of blacks said they ate breakfast every morning.

They found that people who ate breakfast every day were a third less likely to be obese compared to those who skipped the meal.

In addition, they were half as likely to have blood-sugar problems, which increase the risk of developing diabetes or having high cholesterol, which is a known risk factor for heart disease. The researchers believe that eating first thing in the morning may help to stabilise blood sugar levels, which regulate appetite and energy.

They suggest people who eat breakfast are less likely to be hungry during the rest of the day and are, therefore, less likely to overeat. “Our results suggest that breakfast may really be the most important meal of the day,” said Dr Periera. “It appears that breakfast may play an important role in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”

What Is The Ideal Healthy Breakfast?

A healthy breakfast should always contain some protein and fibre. The protein can be in eggs, low fat meats, dairy, beans or a protein shake. The fibre can be in the form of whole grains, fruits or vegetables. A great example of a healthy breakfast could be something like a hard-boiled egg, a banana, a bowl of whole grain cereal and a glass of orange.

Avoid white breads, pastries, syrups and sugary cereals because these are digested quickly and will leave you feeling tired and hungry again within a few hours. A breakfast containing protein and fibre will satisfy your hunger until your mid morning snack.

Start Your Day The Right Way

Remember it would be better to get up 30 minutes earlier and eat a healthy breakfast than to remain in bed. The breakfast would be so much better for your body and brain than missing breakfast and having that 30 minutes extra in bed. Get into the habit and before long you will see the difference.

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