The Benefits of Eating Breakfast

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I’m sure you have heard it all before, however I’ll say it again:  “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”.

It sets the foundation for the day ahead by kick starting your metabolism, improving your concentration, giving your body much needed energy after the night long fast and assisting in maintaining a healthy weight.

Unfortunately, it’s the one meal that a lot of people miss either in their rush to get to work or in an effort to lose weight.  Breakfast can be included, even for those with hectic schedules and eating it can aid weight loss.

If you’re not convinced yet below are the nuts and bolts as to why you should eat the most important meal of the day.

Kick starting your metabolism:  Your metabolism is the rate at which your body burns calories in order to perform its daily functions.  Your metabolism slows down while you are asleep and doesn’t get back up to speed until you eat. Eating breakfast will get your metabolism going again thus burning calories.

Improves your concentration: Eating breakfast provides your body with vital nutrients and energy, giving you the capacity for better concentration and productivity levels .  It also helps foster alertness and endurance throughout the day.

Provides energy: After you have been asleep for eight or so hours during the night your body needs to refuel. Breakfast is the first opportunity your body has to do this and provide the much needed energy for the days activities.

Maintaining a healthy weight: Many people believe that skipping breakfast, therefore eating fewer calories, will assist with weight loss. This cannot be further from the truth!  Your metabolism will be slower when you miss breakfast thus burning less calories during the morning which hinders weight loss.  Skipping breakfast can also lead to unhealthy eating during the rest of the day, as your hunger increases you tend to overeat during the rest of the day, usually on unhealthy foods which are high in calories and fat.  When we eat breakfast our hunger will be regulated and therefore we are less likely to over indulge later on.

The benefits of eating breakfast undoubtedly outweigh the reasons many people give for skipping this meal.  Give your body the breakfast boost each morning with a healthy combination of whole grains, low-fat dairy or lean protein and fruit – start the day as you mean to carry on!!

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