Why break­fast is a must have for you

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Pass­ing on break­fast can lead to weight gain, and that sets the stage for high blood pres­sure, high choles­terol, and di­a­betes - all of which can lead to heart dis­ease. For a heart-healthy break­fast, skip the fatty ba­con and sausage. In­stead, load up on fresh fruits and whole grains.

It may be known as the most im­por­tant meal of the day, but fewer peo­ple eat a reg­u­lar break­fast than they did 40 years ago.

Eggs have protein, which takes your body longer to di­gest than the carbs in ce­real and fruit. A high-protein break­fast can help you feel fuller for the rest of the day and may keep you from reach­ing for fatty snacks in the evening.

Try to eat about an hour be­fore you hit the gym. If you’re short on time, have a light meal that’s easy to di­gest, like a smoothie or yo­gurt. Fuel­ing up first will give you en­ergy to work out and keep you from feel­ing faint.

Break­fast may keep you from overeat­ing the rest of the day. Aim for a mix of whole grains, low-fat dairy, lean protein, and fruits and veg­gies. The combo of carbs, fiber, protein, and fat helps you stay full. Try a veg­gie-and-cheese omelet with whole wheat toast.

Break­fast boosts your brain power. Your brain runs on glu­cose, a type of sugar, and you’re low on this fuel when you first wake up. A morn­ing meal can boost your mem­ory, at­ten­tion, fo­cus, and alert­ness and help your per­for­mance at work or school. Case in point: Kids who have break­fast get bet­ter grades than those who don’t.

Re­search shows that break­fast doesn’t change your me­tab­o­lism at all, but the en­ergy it gives you al­lows you to burn more calo­ries through­out your day.

Break­fast gives you en­ergy - not only does this make you more likely to ex­er­cise, but you also may tend to get up and move around in gen­eral. One study found that peo­ple who ate a morn­ing meal burned 442 more calo­ries through phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity than those who skipped break­fast. Culled from We­bMD

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