We’ve all heard before that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” But have you ever stopped to ask yourself why? What makes breakfast so important? Here are a couple reasons why you should make breakfast a priority!
The answer is simply that breakfast sets the tone for the rest of the day. In the same way that starting your day in a bad mood can cause a dark cloud to hang over your head all day, starting your day with an unbalanced or even no breakfast can dictate how the rest of your day will go.
Breakfast and your WEIGHT
Can a morning meal be good for your waistline? Some studies say yes. Researchers have found that, on average, people who eat breakfast are thinner than those who don’t. That could be because eating foods with protein and fiber in the morning keeps your appetite in check the rest of the day. These studies also show that most people who lose weight and keep the weight off eat breakfast every day. So, put down the donut and sugary cereals for a protein driven breakfast.
Breakfast Can Help Control Your Cravings
Do you find yourself feeling on track with your nutrition during the day, only to have uncontrollable cravings at night? A study out of the University of Missouri-Columbia found that participants saw less activity in the area of the brain responsible for controlling cravings during the evening on the days they ate a high protein breakfast. In other words, they had fewer cravings – and they also reported eating fewer high fat foods late at night. Next time you find yourself craving at night, add a little more protein to your breakfast the next day and see if those cravings disappear.
Breakfast Can Help Control Your Mood
When we don’t eat enough or go too long without eating our body responds by releasing stress hormones. One of those hormones is adrenaline, and it’s what makes you feel “angry” right before lunch or why things become more stressful late in the day. A change in your mood is sometimes a more reliable sign of hunger than a rumbling belly. So do the people you surround yourself with on a daily basis a favor, IT BREAKFAST!
-Breakfast should be eaten within two hours of waking
-A healthy breakfast should provide calories in the range of 20-35% of your guideline daily allowance (GDA).
What are some of your favorite breakfast foods?