If you are anything like me, you will agree that just waking up early in the morning is a difficult task in itself. Waking up in time to have breakfast seems next to impossible. For this reason, breakfast is likely the most frequently skipped meal of the day. Most people do not understand the importance of breakfast.
But the American Dietetic Association concurs with the age old wisdom that ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’. Extensive research has been carried out for the past four decades with people of all ages. Eating breakfast has shown benefits for high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. It also helps in weight management, makes people feel energetic and leads to better concentration and memory in the long run.
Improves the brain’s functioning
There is, roughly, an 8-12 hour gap between dinner and our morning glass of milk. Breakfast is the first chance the body gets to replenish its glucose stores after this long gap. Glucose is the brain’s main source of energy. If you ignore breakfast, your stomach stays empty for 3-4 hours longer. This can reduce your energy levels, slow your reaction time and make you feel tired, drowsy and lethargic. A big breakfast can lead to a keener brain and better concentration enabling students to get better marks and adults to perform better at work.
Makes one physically agile
Glucose or blood sugar is also necessary for the muscles to perform physical activity throughout the rest of the day. When you eat breakfast, you are feeding energy to your muscles so that you feel physical strain to a lesser degree. However, this does not mean that you load up on sugar for breakfast. Doing so will raise your sugar level suddenly and leave you feeling hungry later. Whole grains are a better option. Breakfast is an easy way to include more fruits in your diet. Breakfast foods that are rich in whole grains, fiber, and protein have the added bonus of boosting your attention span, concentration, and memory.
Aids weight management
It is a common misconception that dieters need to skip meals. Breakfast will not make you fatter. Instead, it starts the body’s metabolism, that is, the process of converting food into energy. Once this process begins, the body starts burning calories.
Research too has shown that people who skip breakfast are generally heavier than people who eat a nutritious breakfast. Breakfast is important for weight management. A good breakfast curbs your hunger and prevents binge eating later in the day. It will enable you to cut down considerably on lunch and dinner. As a result you will find that you are consuming fewer calories in the day.
Skipping breakfast on the other hand, increases your appetite and gives your body signals to store more fat. It also increases the likelihood that you will snack on unhealthy foods like chips or biscuits prior to lunch. Apart from being fattening, such foodstuffs do not provide the daily dose of proteins, carbohydrates, and vitamins that our body needs.
Eating breakfast is good for your heart and your brain. Encourage your children to eat breakfast everyday and ensure that this becomes a habit for you too. Eat breakfast fit for a king and get ready to live life king-size!