Why breakfast is a must have for you
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