Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Starting the day with a complete and balanced breakfast is an important component of good nutrition. Eating a good breakfast helps us function well both physically and mentally.
End the fast
When you wake up, your body needs the energy a balanced breakfast provides. If you don’t have breakfast, you won’t end the 8 to 10 hour fasting period that started when you last ate. When you sleep, your body’s metabolism works very little. It goes into a “minimum energy” mode. Skipping breakfast makes your body used to having a slow metabolism. The faster your metabolism is, the more calories you burn.
People who don’t start the day with breakfast can have low
blood-sugar levels and suffer from symptoms that can last all day
Some examples these symptoms include headaches, fatigue, and lack of motivation. All of these symptoms become worse over time and can lead to more serious problems.
Get the most out of your breakfast
For your breakfast to give you the greatest possible benefits,
it should provide a balance of protein, carbohydrates, and vitamins
At breakfast, the contents are likely to be different. Cereals, bread, or potatoes are good sources of carbohydrates. Milk, eggs, cheese, and ham provide protein. Fruit and fresh fruit juices provide vitamins and minerals.
If you start the day with a good breakfast you'll:
- Get the glucose you need for your brain to function properly.
- Have more energy and greater physical endurance.
- Feel healthier, more comfortable, and in a better mood.
- Be less hungry at other meals.
- Burn more calories.
- Control your weight better.
- Improve your productivity and concentration.
- Increase your fiber and vitamin intake.
- Reduce stress.
- Have a healthier heart.
If you do not have breakfast you'll:
- Slow down your metabolism.
- Start the day with little motivation.
- Feel tired, weak, and possibly in a bad mood.
- Be very hungry at lunch and will then eat too much.
- Perhaps feel dizzy when your blood sugar gets too low.
- Miss an opportunity to provide your body the vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients it needs.
- Upset your blood sugar levels.
- Decrease your ability to concentrate, retain information, and learn.
If you aren't used to eating breakfast, start out with something light for a week, such as a piece of fruit, or a container of yogurt. The following week, as you become accustomed to having something in your stomach early in the a.m., try adding another food item to balance out the meal. You will notice in a short period of time, a difference in the way you think and feel.
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