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Why You Shouldn’t Skip Breakfast… Don’t do it!

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” we all know it yet about 10% or 31 million Americans do not eat breakfast. There are many reasons why breakfast is important for good health and why eating breakfast helps you keep your weight down.  Let’s take a look at some great reasons to eat breakfast!

Breakfast is Important

The first benefit is that breakfast jumpstarts your metabolism after a night’s sleep.  When you wake up, your blood sugar level is usually low.  You need food to get the nutrients to supply energy to your brain and muscles for the day ahead.  When you do not eat breakfast, your body feels sluggish and lacks energy.  Your brain also feels the effects and your focus and concentration suffer due to the lack of nutrition.

Another important reason to eat a healthy breakfast is that those who eat breakfast have a healthier BMI (body mass index) and actually weigh less than those who skip it.  Studies show that people who skip breakfast may eat fewer calories but they have a higher BMI than those who don’t.  When you don’t eat breakfast, your brain tells your body to conserve calories not burn them which explains the higher BMI.

Eating a healthy breakfast of lean protein, whole grains and fruit will fill you up, provide energy and will prevent you from snacking and eating unhealthy foods during the day.  People who eat breakfast consume less fat during the day.  They also have a higher fiber intake.  Students perform better in class and have higher test scores as their brains have the appropriate fuel from eating a healthy breakfast.

So what consists of a healthy breakfast?  Eggs, whole grain toast, oatmeal, and high-fiber cereal are all excellent choices.  For those in a hurry, a protein shake with unsweetened almond milk and a few blueberries and some greens is also a great option.  Protein bars can be a good choice as long as you choose a bar that is low in added sugar and sodium.

Eating breakfast is key to having a healthy and productive day!  Eating fresh fruit as part of a healthy breakfast or enjoying fruit at work is a winning combination!  Fruit is great for your overall health! It helps you look younger and helps keep you at a healthier weight!