A lot of people skip breakfast for several reasons. But that’s not a healthy practice because breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Below are the five basic reasons why you should eat your breakfast everyday; and choosing the right foods for breakfast is equally important as the meal itself.
Many people don’t know it, but breakfast is really the most important meal of the day. It does not only give you the energy you need to start the day, it is also beneficial to your health in general.
Eating breakfast has several important health benefits such as:
Breakfast Benefit # 1: Weight Control
A lot of people would raise their eyebrows at this since skipping breakfast is one of the popular practices weight watchers do. But many studies in adults and children alike have shown that those who eat breakfast are more likely to lose weight or control their weight than those who skip it.
According to one theory, a healthy breakfast can curb hunger throughout the day and can help people choose the right foods at other meals. While skipping breakfast seems to reduce daily calorie intake, it is in fact one of the biggest weight loss mistakes committed by many dieters and weight watchers. Not eating breakfast tends to lower metabolic rate and increase hunger throughout the day so by lunchtime and onwards, you tend to compensate by eating more, but with the slower metabolism, you end up not able to break down all the foods you have eaten.
Another theory suggests that eating breakfast is a healthy lifestyle practice that includes choosing better foods and creating a good balance between calorie intake and exercise. Just look at the successful weight losers followed by the National Weight Control Registry, wherein all have lost 30 pounds or more and kept it off for at least one year. An estimated 80 percent of the people in the Registry are regular breakfast eaters (and adhere to a calorie-controlled low-fat diet).
However, if you are trying to lose weight, your breakfast should compose of protein, whole grains and fiber rather than carbohydrates. According to Purdue University researcher Wayne Campbell, PhD, “Protein blunts your hunger the most, and is the most satiating.”
A study conducted by researchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Center and presented at the 2007 Experimental Biology conference compared weight loss in two groups of women who ate different foods for breakfast — the first group had two eggs while the second group had a bagel. The two breakfast meals were the same in terms of volume and number of calories.
According to researcher Nikhil V. Dhurandhar, PhD, “Compared to the bagel eaters, overweight women who ate two eggs for breakfast five times a week for eight weeks as part of a low-fat, reduced-calorie diet, lost 65% more weight, reduced waist circumference by 83%, reported higher energy levels, and had no significant difference in their … blood cholesterol or triglyceride levels.”