Breakfast Really Is The Most Important Meal Of The Day
It’s no secret that the most important meal of the day is said to be breakfast, and while some might argue that lunch is what gets them through until home time after school or work, new studies have proved that eating breakfast could help with weight loss and the prevention of obesity. Science Daily suggests: “Eating breakfast, particularly meals rich in protein, increases young adults’ levels of a brain chemical associated with feelings of reward, which may reduce food cravings and overeating later in the day. Understanding the brain chemical and its role in food cravings could lead to improvements in obesity prevention and treatment.”
Obesity is a growing problem, not just in the United States, but across the world, and while there has been no cure all invented to halt obesity just yet, one solution that the scientific community have come up with is to eat your breakfast, and to make healthy choices for this first meal of the day.
The jury may still be out on exactly when is the best time of the day to eat breakfast in terms of when you have just woken up, or later after a morning walk or jog. Some scientists believe that eating within the first 30 minutes of waking helps to kick start the metabolism, while others believe that waiting until you have already begun burning is the best way to eat early on. Whatever time you decide to eat your breakfast, one thing is certain, men and women who choose to eat breakfast every morning tend to eat less, and eat less fat throughout the day. Web MD states: “Another research group analyzed government data on 4,200 adults. They found that regular breakfast eaters were more likely to exercise regularly. And women who ate breakfast regularly tended to eat fewer calories overall during the day. Those men and women who ate breakfast cereal had lower overall fat intake — compared to those who ate other breakfast foods.”
Cereal may not be the best breakfast choice for many, especially with all of the added sugar that you find in many forms of processed foods, but if you select a healthy natural options, cereal can certainly give enough complex carbohydrates to keep your body going until noon.
Why You Need To Have Breakfast
Breakfast doesn’t only hold you over until lunch, and decrease the chances that you will snack during the day, or binge at night, it also helps you to keep your glucose levels stable, and makes it easier to control insulin levels. For those with diabetes, controlling glucose levels is absolutely essential, and it can be difficult to do this without indulging in that first big meal of the day. Breakfast can also curb unhealthy cravings for sweets and fats throughout the day. HealthyEating.org says: “When you skip breakfast, your blood sugar drops even lower. As a result, you become hungry and have less energy. This sets you up to impulsively snack in the morning—often on high-fat sweets—or to eat extra servings or bigger portions at lunch or dinner.”
Many experts suggest that breakfast should include something from each food group with a helping of egg white, dairy, fruit, and grains to start your day off right. Whole grain bread or a scoop of organic granola in some Greek yogurt can go a long way with a glass of fresh orange juice for kids or adults.
There’s really no excuse anymore for skipping breakfast, especially with so many breakfast options available on the retail market, in cafes, grocery stores, restaurants, and even convenience stores. If you find yourself short on time, preparing a breakfast meal the night before that can be eaten easily during your commute is a great way to save time. Another great idea to give your body the time it needs to wake up and eat a proper meal in the morning is to set your alarm for 20 minutes earlier than you usually do; this should give ample time to do what you usually need to do to get ready in the morning, and still have time to make a quick breakfast and eat before rushing out the door to school or work.
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