Many people underestimate the value of breakfast. They may only have a glass of juice or a cup of coffee and eat nothing at all. However, research has shown that this type of routine is not the best habit to get into. Eating a substantial meal within the first few hours of waking up is much healthier.
Breakfast is important because it does just that. It “breaks” the “fast” from your sleep. In other words, it helps kick-start your metabolism daily. This will help you lose weight or maintain your current weight, not to mention just keep you healthier in general. If you skip breakfast, you throw your body into starvation mode. This process actually slows down your metabolism and does not allow you to lose weight and may even cause you to gain weight.
For example, if you ate dinner at 7 pm the night before, then you skip breakfast and go through your work day without eating lunch until noon, your body is now confused because you have been awake since 7 am, got ready for work, drove to work and have been working without any fuel. So when you do eat lunch at noon, your body will hold on to those calories without letting them burn naturally. Now, your body fears that you will go 17 hours without eating again.
Even if you seem to feel hungry soon after eating breakfast that just means your metabolism is working. Remember your body only knows what you actually do to it, not your thoughts or best intentions. Your body, energy level and metabolism will thank you for eating breakfast.
Timing is Key
Breakfast should ideally be eaten within 2 hours from when you wake up. From there you want to eat every 3-4 hours to keep that metabolism moving and to give your body and brain energy to work as effectively and efficiently as possible. When you go too long without eating, not only do you slow down your metabolism, but you also are not at your best. You need energy and fuel from food. It will keep you sharper, smarter and more productive throughout the day.
Don’t forget to keep portions in check when you are eating with a proper time schedule, so you do not overeat.
Going for a breakfast that is high in carbohydrates like oatmeal can drastically improve your mood in the morning. When you sleep for eight hours or more, your body loses nutrients and we can become irritable when we wake up. When you supply your body with the energy it needs, you feel more satisfied and happy throughout the day. You’re supplied with the essential nutrients that kick start your mind so you can start your day with a good attitude.
Eating a healthy breakfast of essential nutrients can help you improve your overall health, well-being, and even help you do better in school or work. It’s worth it to get up a few minutes earlier and throw together a quick breakfast. You’ll be provided with the energy to start your day off right.
Improve your performance
Your body becomes dehydrated after sleeping all night. Reenergize yourself with a healthy breakfast. You could see the improved benefits on your performance at work or school. When you eat breakfast, it gives your body essential nutrients to perform. A Food Research and Action Center study shows that students who eat breakfast perform better on tests and when studying reading or math. You can also see the cognitive benefits of speed, concentration, and problem-solving skills. You could do better in your academic career if your eat breakfast in the morning.