Eating breakfast isn’t just for kids. Although you’ve probably stopped growing, your body is constantly renewing itself, replenishing your skin, hair and nails, replacing old tissues with new, breaking down and rebuilding bone and generally keeping your body in the best shape possible.
How does your body do it? With the nutrients food delivers. Breakfast is especially important because after a long night’s sleep, the body is low on energy, protein, vitamins and minerals.
So that’s one really good reason to eat breakfast. How about some more?
Skipping breakfast is linked with being overweight
Although a direct effect of skipping breakfast on weight has yet to be determined, studies indicate that people who skip breakfast are more likely to be overweight or obese. One large study found that breakfast skippers were 4.5 times more likely to be heavy than those who ate breakfast.
Breakfast helps you balance out your protein
We tend to eat most of our protein intake at dinner. Protein is essential for developing and maintaining lean muscle, but if we’re not getting enough protein throughout the day, muscle maintenance is not at the maximal level. Use breakfast to pump up your protein. Include eggs, milk, yogurt, cheese and lean meats in your morning meal.
Keeps your fuller for longer
Another benefit of protein in the morning is that it’s likely to keep you full longer, as another study found. Those who ate protein at breakfast said they felt satisfied longer than those who at the same amount of protein at other meals.
Eating breakfast benefits blood sugar and cholesterol levels
A small study found that when lean, healthy women skipped breakfast, their fasting blood sugar was higher, along with their cholesterol, upping their risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Skipping breakfast caused the women to eat more throughout the day than when they ate breakfast, too
Skipping breakfast won’t save you calories
It may seem like eliminating a whole meal must lead to weight loss, but the opposite appears to be true. Those who skip breakfast tend to eat more during the day and are more likely to be overweight or obese. One study found that skipping breakfast is associated with higher risks of developing chronic diseases like diabetes, metabolic syndrome and high blood pressure.
There you have it guys a few quick, important reasons why you should include a source of protein in your breakfast in the mornings.
– Aaron McC
Evolve Health & Performance