“All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.”
— John Gunther
Surprising Ways in Which Breakfast Benefits Your Health by Conscious Contributor Shuchi Sankhyayan
We have been told for years that we should not ever miss our breakfast as it is the most important meal of the day. But is this mantra true in reality? Scientific studies have revealed that skipping breakfast can have a negative effect on your body. By sparing few minutes in the morning to grab something healthy to eat will make a positive difference in your day. We have rounded up below the studies conducted on the benefits of having a breakfast.
1. It wakes up your system.
When you wake up in the morning your body is in a mild fasting state. A healthy breakfast gently starts your system, getting it back into digestion mode. It sends energizing nutrients all over your body.
If you do not eat breakfast, your body will not burn off the calories, and will instead try to conserve energy. When you eat healthy breakfast, your metabolism rate will be increased and it will work harder.
2. It provides fuel to your brain.
The first meal of the day breaks evening fasting and kick starts your body processes as well as the brain. To set your system into higher gear you need to eat the right stuff for breakfast. A study was conducted on 319 adolescents who ate a high-energy breakfast and it was found that they performed better on short-term memory tests.
Glucose fuels up our brains and the brain is ready for fresh supply after one night of resting. The memory and concentration are also affected by blood sugar levels. As per the study in The Journal of Nutrition, breakfast eaters are more likely to have stable blood sugar levels. So eating breakfast is not only good for the body but for the brain too!
3. It helps keep your cravings at bay.
When you eat a nutritious breakfast in the morning, you can easily avoid the temptation of snacking on unhealthy snacks throughout the day. If your blood sugar is low, you may be more tempted to grab a mid-morning sugary snack.
A study published in Journal of Neuroscience found that appeal for high-calorie foods is increased by skipping breakfast. The study also highlighted that people who eat breakfast are less likely to overfill themselves at later meals. To keep your daytime cravings at bay, grab a quick and healthy breakfast.
4. Breakfast can aid in weight loss.
Are you trying to drop a few pounds? It may seem counterintuitive for you to eat in the morning. You may feel the lesser calories the better, but that’s not true. When you starve yourself in the day it leads to overconsumption of calories later in the afternoon.
According to a study in American Journal of Epidemiology people who skip breakfast are about 4.5 times more likely to be obese. You should avoid mammoth-sized breakfast such as bacon, or stacked pancakes but a moderate amount of food such as eggs with whole grain toast or oatmeal with blueberries.
Breakfast can indeed be a great way to begin your day. Make sure you choose the right food for breakfast. More and more nutritionists recommend adding high-quality proteins to your breakfast such as nuts or eggs with oatmeal. The right food can help you energized all morning and make it less likely for you to splurge on treats later on.
You can also plan and track your breakfast using apps and medical devices readily available in the market. You can consider getting the tracking device from a reliable company and choose the equipment as per your requirements.
Shuchi Sankhyayan is a Mumbai based Content Specialist who has spent 15+ years romping around the healthcare, medical device, manufacturing, content and software industries. She is currently a Content Specialist at Technosoft Innovations, Inc. where she documents and presents the latest research and innovations of the company in medical devices industry. In her spare time she is an avid reader, hobbyist and enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience via her posts and articles.