You’ll have often heard the phrase “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ – and for very good reason!! Lots of people make various excuses for not eating breakfast, including not having time, not yet feeling hungry, would rather save calories – But skipping breakfast can lead to many a problem when trying to lose weight and get fit. So if you’re on a diet plan or simply trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, consider the following for reasons to start including breakfast in your daily regime.
It stops you for snacking
Skipping breakfast may save you a couple of hundred calories, but it sets you up for a daytime fail! Consider this – You ate your dinner at 7:30pm the previous evening following a spin class. Your body sucked in all the goodness from the meal to replace the energy used during spin and you go to bed feeling content. You get up at 6:30am the next morning, get dressed, get the kids dressed, make lunches, put the washing out, take the kids to school, go to work – It’s now 9:30am. You’ve not eaten for 14 hours!! You’re tummy is grumbling. You’re feeling a bit lightheaded – what do you do?? The likelihood is, you’ll grab the first thing you see and start tucking in! What have you got on your desk? Packet of crisps? Biscuits? That’ll do! NO IT WON’T!! And when lunch time rolls around, you’re more likely to choose something high in calories to satisfy your body’s need for food, because you still feel so ravenous. Eating breakfast prevents your blood sugar from plummeting and feeds your appetite enough to stop you craving the wrong things.
It speeds up your metabolism
Eating breakfast is the perfect way to get your metabolism working well for the day. When your tum receives that first bit of food in the morning, it tells your brain that you need to start working to digest it – bit like turning the ignition in a car tells the engine to start working! Breakfast wakes up your engine and warms it up so it’s ready to work throughout the day. So when you skip breakfast in the morning, your body thinks that it needs to conserve energy because it isn’t getting fuel from anywhere! This actually slows your metabolism down, which results in a reduction in the amount of calories you burn throughout the day – Nobody wants that!
It puts a spring in your step!
I don’t know about you but when I don’t eat, I get grumpy!! It’s not just because I’m a stroppy mare as others will have you believe – It’s actually for very good, scientific reason! When you don’t eat breakfast, you’re blood sugar levels plummet. You’ve likely not eaten since your dinner the night before and this leads to a serious reduction in blood sugar which in turn, affects the release of ‘happy’ endorphins. Your body is too busy trying to source nutrition to stop this. Eating breakfast regulates your blood sugar levels and allows your very clever bod to concentrate on making you smile! It also gives you lots of lovely energy – so the mundane tasks you have to undertake as part of your daily grind won’t seem so unbearable, therefore reducing the risk of an unhappy chappy!
So basically, eating something for breakfast is better than eating nothing at all. Even if you can only manage a slice of toast or a granola bar, do it. But eating a balanced, healthy breakfast really will help you achieve your goals. Instead of bacon and eggs, why not try a healthy bowl of muesli and yogurt with lots of lovely berries to sweeten it up naturally. It will set you up for a blinding, healthy day. Everyone who crosses your path will be sure to thank you for it!
Why not try our big bowl of goodness
Serves 1. Prep time 5 min
75g muesli or plain oats
2 tbsp low fat natural yoghurt
A handful of blueberries
A handful of raspberries
Half an apple, sliced
100ml coconut milk
1 tsp honey
1. Place the muesli or oats in a bowl and add the yogurt, fruit and coconut milk.
2. Mix everything together and drizzle with raw honey to serve. Enjoy!