Why you should not skip breakfast

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The name “breakfast” refers to breaking the fasting period of the prior night. Your body responds to not eating for hours and hours by slowing down or diminishing its metabolic rate and burning fewer calories to conserve energy. By eating breakfast, you wake your metabolism up and get your engines burning those calories you need to burn to lose weight.

Eating breakfast can help you get a jump-start on your daily nutritional needs while providing you with energy for the day. Here are more reasons why this meal is so important:

 

It Packs a Nutritional Punch

Breakfast’s powerful nutritional benefits only occur if you eat the right types of foods. Shop and cook carefully. Many cereals and ready-made breakfasts are high in sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats, all of which can contribute to diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure. Stick to whole grains (like oatmeal), fruits, vegetables, and healthy sources of lean protein (eggs or fish).

 

Boosts Your Immune System

Nutrition plays a key role in determining the function of your immune system, and a healthy breakfast can be a significant source of nutrients. From the antioxidants in a morning cup of tea to your yogurt’s probiotics, it is easy to vary the contents of your morning meal. Getting more of the nutrients critical to the production and maintenance of infection-fighting cells can help support and maintain your immune system.

 

Aids Weight Regulation

Eating breakfast can help prevent overeating later in the day and, also provide the healthy nutrients that help prevent weight gain. If you find yourself rushing out the door without eating, grab a handful of nuts or a piece of whole grain bread toast to eat on-the-go. It could keep you from getting the munchies later on in the day!

 

Lowers Your Type 2 Diabetes Risk

After sleeping and being in fasting mode, breakfast might help keep your insulin levels stable and prevent big swings in the hormone’s level. Without breakfast, your insulin levels can drop and then spike after lunch,  increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes.

 

Decreases Risk of Heart Disease

Eating at night, which is more common in people who skip breakfast, can mess with the hormonal rhythms in ways that lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. Those diseases can then lead to heart disease.

 

Improves your Mood

The foods you eat can have a big impact on your mood and breakfast is no exception. Choosing the right foods with a healthy spread of vitamins and minerals can help to brighten your mood. There are two rules to making sure you are getting the most out of your breakfast:

Avoid the sugary foods and refined carbohydrates – they can mess with hormone and blood sugar levels and contribute to weight gain and feelings of stress.

Make sure your breakfast choices are protein and fiber rich so that you feel satisfied after your meal and have the nutrients you need for the day. Adding magnesium and zinc rich pumpkin seeds to your granola or yogurt, for example, might lead to decreased anxiety levels.

 

Just remember, smart and high-quality breakfast choices have the power to improve both your physical and mental health

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