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Why Is Breakfast Important? Increases Risk Of Obesity

You have probably heard the statement “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” somewhere, but do you know why it is so important and why it is not recommended to skip it? If you are like most, you probably don’t give breakfast much thought. Breakfast is the first meal of the day and it literally means “breaking the fast” since you would not have eaten for 8 hours or more. Many people especially busy individuals tend to neglect having breakfast because they just reserve eating for lunch. People who want to lose weight also skip the morning meal in an attempt to keep away the pounds.
But did you know that skipping breakfast actually increases the risk of obesity? This is because skipping breakfast tends to make a person overeat later on in the day due to hunger. It also increases the risk of that person picking up snacks and nibbles prior to lunch. By eating breakfast, your hunger is reduced for the succeeding meal of the day making you less likely to overeat.

Eating breakfast also gives you the energy you need to start the day right. People who have not eaten breakfast have been shown to be more lethargic and have less energy in the morning. Having energy is important especially if you have work or if you deal with family matters at home. Eating breakfast likewise lets you make wiser decisions when it comes to food choices later on in the day. Since you’re not so hungry, you’re likely to skip that candy bar or that muffin. It’s also been shown that people who eat breakfast are more likely to choose nutritious foods over junk food throughout the day, which means that you’re probably going to be reaching for a cup of fruits rather than a bag of potato chips.

So if you want to increase your energy level in the mornings, if you want to eat more nutritious foods or if you want to lose weight, breakfast is an important component in achieving this. Make sure you choose the right kind of food for your first meal of the day. Some suggestions are:

  • Whole grain cereals that contain no frosting with low fat milk
  • Banana slices with low fat yogurt
  • Fruit platter with
  • Slices of whole wheat toast and poached eggs
  • Vegetable omelet with whole wheat toast or muffin toast
  • Vegetable or fruit smoothie

Your breakfast could be taken with fruit juices which are high in dietary fiber and vitamin C (especially citrus fruit juices) or taken with milk which can give you the day’s supply of calcium. Better yet, have a healthy milkshake with your meal!