They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day for a reason. Beginning your day off right can aid in everything from memory retention and weight loss, to lower incidences of heart disease and a lower risk of diabetes. Men and women who maintain a healthy breakfast routine are less likely to consume higher calorie meals throughout the day, as well as report higher levels of productivity at work.
If you’re the type of person who thinks breakfast is a waste of time or you find yourself always rushing out the door in the morning, it might be worth rethinking the way you approach your mornings.
Your energy will be increased
When you factor in breakfast your body has the fuel it needs to complete the tasks for that day. By loading your body with proper nutrients you can replenish the glycogen stores that supply your muscles with energy.
Concentration will be easier
If your body is fed, so too is your brain, therefore skipping breakfast can make it much harder to concentrate for longer periods of time – if at all.
Stop mindless snacking
By consuming a breakfast full of lean protein and good fats you are setting yourself up for a fulfilling day. A solid breakfast stabilises blood sugars and helps you to feel less hungry throughout the day – avoiding mindless and often unnecessary snacking.
Good for heart health
Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health conducted a 16-year study in which 7.3 per cent of participants who admitted to regularly skipping breakfast were diagnosed with coronary heart disease. While previous studies have shown that breakfast lowers the risk factors that lead to CHD, including diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and cholesterol, until now, a direct link had not been established.
It will help kickstart your metabolism
From when you finish dinner until when you wake up in the morning your body has been in fasting mode. In order to literally break the fast you need to refuel your body with the nutrients it needs to kickstart your metabolism and get your body working again.