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Breakfast - "the most important meal of the day" - literally means "breaking the fast" of the night before, as it is the first meal taken after rising from a night's sleep.
Eating breakfast not only aids in weight management, it fuels the body to help provide energy, better concentration and problem-solving ability throughout the day. Despite its healthful benefits, breakfast may be the one meal that is most often neglected or skipped.
Breakfast skippers often feel tired, restless or irritable in the morning.
Most people give a variety of reasons for not eating breakfast. A common reason is that they are not hungry in the morning, which is a result of eating a full meal late in the evening, or late-night snacking.
When they go to bed, the body is still busy digesting all that food. Digestion then goes into a slower gear during the hours of sleep and there is still food in the stomach in the morning.
The stomach needs a rest, too. A tired stomach does not feel like digesting a big breakfast.
When you get up in the morning, your glucose or blood sugar level is at its lowest point in the day. Glucose is the basic fuel for the brain and central nervous system. A good breakfast will keep you from being tired and irritable by mid-morning.
Break the Fast to Shed the Pounds.
Some people skip breakfast in an effort to lose weight, but the practice is more likely to cause weight gain than weight loss. Your body expects to be refueled a few times each day, so when you skip meals, you may feel so hungry that when lunchtime comes, you may over-eat or choose foods that are not the healthiest choices.
Skipping breakfast is strongly linked to the development of obesity. Studies show that overweight and obese children, adolescents, and adults are less likely to "break the fast" each morning than their thinner counterparts.
What Should You Eat?
Any breakfast is better than no breakfast, but try not to have doughnuts or pastries all the time. They are high in calories, sugar and fat. They also do not contain the nutrients you really need. And if you have a doughnut for breakfast, you will not feel full for long.
Here are some simple ideas to help add breakfast to your daily eating plan.
What’s your excuse for not eating breakfast?
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