Your mother was right when she said that breakfast was the most
important meal of the day. Some of the (many) reasons why, however, may
1. Eating Breakfast Helps You Lose Weight
you skip breakfast, you’re saving calories, therefore losing weight,
right? WRONG. Contrary to popular belief (and maybe counterintuitively)
eating breakfast actually helps you lose weight.
If you eat
dinner at 7, go to bed at 10:30 p.m. and skip breakfast, by the time
you’re eating lunch at 1 p.m., your body hasn’t fueled up in 18 hours!
When you go that long without eating, our body goes in to preservation
mode, meaning that it conserves energy. Conserving energy means that
your metabolism is slowing down. So not only are you not burning
calories and fat as efficiently, you’re also going to be plagued with
low energy all day.
Eating breakfast revs our metabolic engines
so that they’re ready for prime calorie burn all day. In addition,
studies show that people who skip breakfast actually end up eating more
throughout the day – to the tune of about 100 calories, according to a
study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
2. People Who Eat Breakfast Are Less Likely to Be Obese
recent years, obesity has surpassed smoking as the number one leading
cause of preventable death in the United States. So why not make our
first big decision of the day to ward off obesity by eating breakfast?
only do breakfast-eaters consume fewer calories, but in a study
published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition,
researchers found that people who ate a breakfast containing more than
one-quarter of their daily calories ate better than those who skipped
their morning meal. As further support, and to really hammer the point
home, a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that people
who skip breakfast are four-and-a-half times more likely to be obese
than those who eat breakfast.
3. Breakfast Eaters are Healthier Eaters All Day
a 2011 study published in in Nutrition Research and Practice,
researchers found that people who eat breakfast consume less fat and
more nutrients (like vitamins, minerals and fiber) than their
breakfast-skipping counterparts. Not only that, they found that
compared to breakfast-eaters, breakfast-skippers tend to weigh more and
have other unhealthy habits, such over-indulging on sugary drinks or
And there’s no small difference between the
two groups. Studies show that breakfast-skippers consume a whopping 40%
more sweets, 55% more sugary drinks (like soda), 45% fewer vegetables
and 30% less fruit those who regularly eat breakfast.
4. It Improves Brain Power (Especially in Kids)
all know that proper nutrition affects our kids’ physical development.
But can it really boost their brain power, too? All signs point to YES.
recent study out this year from the University of Pennsylvania School
of Nursing found that children who eat breakfast regularly had
significantly higher full scale, verbal and performance IQ test scores.
While compelling, these results are not surprising to the scientific
community because quality nutrition in early childhood has been
continually linked to increased intelligence and even decreased
behavioral disorders through to later childhood, and even greater
happiness and success as adults. As an added bonus, eating a healthy
breakfast has been shown to boost memory and attention skills in
children and adults.
5. Decreases The Likelihood of Developing Diabetes
may come as little surprise, but eating breakfast also decreases your
chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. By how much, however, shocked
A recent study was performed at the Harvard School of
Public Health on the relationship between eating patterns and the
incidence of type 2 diabetes. In 1992, researchers gathered 29,206 men
who were initially free of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and
cancer. Sixteen years later, they re-tested the men. They discovered
that men who slipped breakfast had a stunning 21% higher risk of
developing diabetes than the men who ate breakfast. You may think, yeah
but over 16 years, they probably gained a bunch of weight, but even
when the results were adjusted for change in BMI, subjects still had
increased risk if they skipped breakfast.
So the question is – have you taken your breakfast ?