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For many years, we've heard, "Eat your breakfast, because it's the most important meal of the day." Although this has been instilled in many of us, there are also those individuals that choose to skip breakfast for various reasons.
Why eat breakfast? Eating breakfast gives your body calories to burn, jump starting your metabolism, and giving you energy to get your day started.
A good rule of thumb is to fuel up on breakfast soon after waking up each morning. You have rested and fasted throughout the night, and your blood sugar levels are naturally low when you first get up, so eating a healthy breakfast will raise those levels and keep them up until your mid-morning snack. Eating breakfast keeps you from having that early mid-morning energy crash.
Research shows breaking an overnight fast with a balanced meal can make a major difference in overall health and well-being, especially for children and teens. When comparing children who eat breakfast regularly with those who do not eat breakfast on a regular basis, or skip breakfast altogether, eating breakfast regularly was shown to have a beneficial effect on attention span, memory, and school achievement.*
Eating breakfast also helps curb hunger and overeating later in the day. Skipping breakfast leads to eating more calories through the day and later at night. While not eating breakfast may lead to weight loss; it will also lead to lower energy levels and decreased physical and mental performance, which may then cause problems with job performance.
Think of breakfast as a way to fuel your body first thing in the morning.
(Sally Vickers and Leisha Ferguson are public health educators in the health promotion and wellness department at the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center. You can also find the center on Facebook)
SOURCES: * "4 Tips for Better Breakfasts." Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Accessed July 2015.
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