“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.”This age-old adage shows how important breakfast is. After all, it’s what fuels your body and prepares you for the rest of the day. One Yale study even suggests that eating two breakfasts is better for you than eating none at all (1).
While 93 percent of the population actually agrees that breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day, not everyone eats breakfast. In reality, only 44 percent of the population partakes in the morning meal (2). And sadly, statistics show that while 80 percent of school-age children eat breakfast, 73 percent of those meals come from sugary cereals!
Why Is Breakfast So Important?
When you sleep, you essentially fast. So, eating breakfast breaks the overnight fasting and replenishes your body’s glucose supply, and provides other essential nutrients that help to keep your energy levels up throughout the day.
Your body needs glucose, which is broken down and absorbed from carbohydrates. Your muscle tissue and liver stores glycogen, which is released slowly during the night to keep your blood sugar levels stable. Between your last meal of the day and your next breakfast, your body may go as long as 12 hours without food, so your glycogen stores will be low first thing in the morning.
If all of the energy from these glycogen stores is used up, your body resorts to breaking down fatty acids to produce the energy it requires. These fats are a good short-term source of energy, but they aren’t as easy to use. By eating breakfast, you quickly restore glycogen levels and thus boost your energy levels and more importantly, your metabolism.
6 Things That Happen When You Skip Breakfast (3)
1. Children who skip breakfast are significantly heavier than those who eat breakfast.
2. Skipping breakfast can diminish your mental performance. Eating breakfast helps you stay alert and thus better able to pay attention and better able to stay interested and learn.
3. Eating a high-fibre breakfast reduces fatigue.
4. Children who eat an inadequate breakfast are more likely to make poor food choices for the rest of the day and in the long term, which leads to obesity.
5. People who eat breakfast have more nutritious diets than people who skip breakfast. They also have better eating habits as they are less likely to be hungry for snacks during the day.
6. Going without breakfast becomes more common as you get older.
Overall, skipping breakfast can lead to weight gain and poor mental and physical performance. So, do your body a favor and make sure to include a well-balanced breakfast that is full of fiber, protein and beneficial nutrients that will help boost your metabolism and ultimately, lose weight.