We often refer to the modern way of life as one of the causes of many illnesses, although such a way of life is not the cause of all our problems. It is the way we organize it. Statistics show that over 50% of people claim to never eat breakfast! Skipping breakfast is one of the biggest health “offenses” and it is a serious precondition for many health problems including raising the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. The time we choose to eat breakfast is also equally important to what we choose to eat. The later we eat, the more detrimental to our health our eating schedule becomes. The American Heart Association found that those who eat breakfast daily are less likely to have high cholesterol and blood pressure. I think we can stand by the old adage that breakfast is the most important meal and a prerequisite to getting every day off to a great start.
In case you need further convincing, let’s talk about a few important reasons why breakfast is a healthy decision or your body and heart.
Food is the main source of energy for humans, so if you supply enough energy to your body in the morning, you will feel lively all day long. After sleeping, the body needs energy that can only be obtained from well-chosen foods. Even if you are among those people who do not like the morning meal, drink some fresh juice and after a short time, you will notice that the caloric intake will trigger hunger. Coffee is the go-to substance to jolt most of us awake in the morning, but a healthy breakfast rich in protein is the key to feeling awake and prepared for the day in the long run. There are many healthy grab and go breakfast options out there too for those who find themselves short on time.
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A healthy metabolism requires the regular habit of eating a healthy breakfast. If you regularly have breakfast, you will provide the body with all the nutrients you need and prevent a sudden drop in blood sugar levels later in the day which can result in overeating. At the beginning of the day, the body needs “fuel” because the glycogen reserves begin to decrease. If you skip breakfast, by lunch you will feel the onset of weakness, lack of concentration and focus and a decrease in productivity. This constant flux in blood sugar levels puts your body at risk for diabetes, obesity and heart issues.
Breakfast has a significant place in the prevention of heart disease, blood vessel diseases and high blood pressure. Studies show that people who do not have breakfast have a 27 percent higher risk of heart diseases. Regularly skipping breakfast over time increases the risk of high blood pressure, high levels of lipids in the blood, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. These risks are so easily reduced by making a change to not only what we eat, but also when we eat it. A healthy breakfast should contain a variety of foods and should be consumed first thing in the morning in order to promote optimum heart health.
When the body is hungry, it slowly burns calories to conserve energy, and eating a healthy breakfast after a long sleep ensures the continued efficiency of burning calories throughout the day. Choosing to partake in healthy breakfast habits can prevent weight gain as well as help shed a few excess pounds. Every nutritionist advises a healthy breakfast to promote natural, sustainable energy as well as helping to cut down mid day sugar cravings that lead to unhealthy snacking. It is important to remember that eating breakfast is only half the battle, the other half comes in the decisions we make about what to eat. One study reveals that many school-aged children under the age of 10 in Britain are consuming almost 50% of their daily allotment of sugar in breakfast alone. This huge intake of sugar causes crashes in energy and can create very series instability in blood sugar levels. Many studies show that people who regularly eat breakfast are also less prone to impaired cognitive functions and mood swings throughout the day, which are both psychological factors in overeating.
All in all, I think we can stand by the old adage that breakfast is the most important meal and a prerequisite to getting every day off to a great start.
Theresa Brawner is a 28-year-old fitness instructor from Boston, MA, who writes articles for www.diet.st. in her free time.
When she isn’t helping new moms get back in shape, you can find her in the kitchen, working on new recipes.