Did you eat breakfast this morning? Do you often skip breakfast completely? If so, you are not alone. About 18% of males and 13% of females between the ages of 35 and 54 skip breakfast according to a study done in 2011 by the NPD market research group.
We’ve heard many, many times how important breakfast is and how it is not a meal we should be skipping. Are you sick of hearing this? In my opinion, it needs to be shared over and over because there are still far too many people skipping breakfast. Here are a 10 reasons you shouldn’t be skipping breakfast:
1. Increase your metabolism
People who skip breakfast have a metabolic rate four to five percent below normal, which may lead to weight gain of eight pounds per year.
2. Avoid obesity
People who skip breakfast tend to choose less nutritious and convenience foods to curb their appetite and may consume more calories throughout their day. Studies show that those who skip breakfast are more likely to be over weight.
3. Provide your body with the nutrition it needs
How can you pack in the nutrition your body needs to function at it’s best if you are only consuming two meals a day? Guess what? You can’t!! Make sure you include protein in your breakfast to feel fuller longer and induce weight loss.
4. Give your body more energy
Food provides your body with energy. You put gas in your car to make it go, so why wouldn’t you put food in your body to make it go? If you put nothing in, you are running on empty.
5. Avoid over-eating and binge eating
Spacing your calories out throughout your day is much better than starving and binging all day. Don’t deprive yourself of breakfast or any other meals because you just might find yourself losing control later in the day. It makes more sense to eat a nutritious breakfast & then enjoy a piece of your son’s birthday cake rather than skipping breakfast and being so hungry that you eat several pieces of cake.
6. Be smarter
Eating breakfast provides an energy boost to the brain so you will be more alert, more focused, have better concentration & perform at your best.
7. Be happier
Eating breakfast boosts serotonin levels which controls mood, appetite and sleep.
8. Be healthier
Skipping breakfast can weaken your immune system. You are more likely to get sick because you are more sensitive to germs and illnesses. It not only makes you weaker, it makes your organs and cells weak too.
9. Lower your risk of developing diabetes
Skipping breakfast and meals leads to the body’s cells becoming less sensitive to insulin. When you skip meals and your cell receptors become less sensitive to or resistant to insulin, you have excess sugar floating through your bloodstream. The body then tries to produce more insulin to get sugar into the resistant cells. This cycle creates weight gain, insulin sensitivity and ultimately diabetes. Obesity and diabetes rates are 50% lower in breakfast eaters than in non-breakfast eaters.
10. Set a good example for you kids
If your kids see you skipping breakfast, more than likely they will too. Set a good example for your kids and start your day with a nutritious breakfast and share with them why they should eat breakfast too.
Need some suggestions for nutritions breakfast foods? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below and I’d be happy to offer some healthy meal options for you.
Have a happy healthy day!