importance of breakfast

  1. Skipping breakfast will not help you lose weight

    The celebrity "diet trick" that will make you fat

    Apparently when asked by a reporter how she stayed so rail thin some celebrity flippantly replied, "Oh I skip breakfast. It's just coffee and a cigarette for me." And instantly a new Hollywood "diet trick" was born.

    The only problem is this trick is no treat -- because if you do make a habit of skipping breakfast instead of slimming down you'll end up packing on the pounds.

    Not only does a good breakfast give you the fuel you need to make it through the morning, it also helps you steer clear of bad food choices later in the day.

    In one study, when volunteers were told to skip breakfast not only did they slog through the morning with grumbly tummies, they pigged out at lunch time too. In fact, they ate about 20 percent more at lunch on no-breakfast days!

    Not exactly the best way to lose weight or stay celebrity slim.

    Even worse, the starved volunteers were much more likely to reach for calorie-packed junk foods. And on the skipping breakfast days when they were shown pictures of "comfort foods" like pizza and chocolate cake the area of their brains responsible for mood and decision making lit up like Christmas trees.

    In another study, on a group of school kids this time, researchers found that the obese and overweight kids were skipping breakfast more often and took significantly smaller portions than the slim and normal kids.

    And in a huge analysis that evaluated the result of 47 different studies scientists concluded that while breakfast eaters tend to eat more calories in a day they were also less likely to be overweight.

    Look, you really don't need me to tell you that taking advice from a celebrity is seldom a good idea. The bottom line here is skipping breakfast is bound to backfire on you.

    Instead, just choose healthy protein packed foods that are naturally low in sugar like eggs or a protein shake. They will fuel you up for the day, and keep you from feeling hungry and overeating to boot.

  2. Eating breakfast leads to better glucose control

    Don't skip this meal

    If you want to avoid diabetes, there are plenty of foods you should skip or limit -- like the red meat I just mentioned. But there’s one thing you should never skip, and that’s eating breakfast.

    Just like mom used to say, it’s the most important meal of the day.

    Eating breakfast can give you the energy you need for the morning, reduce the impulse for a 10:30 donut and even stop you from overeating during lunch.

    Now, new research shows how eating breakfast can help keep your blood sugar levels under control right up through lunchtime, reducing the need for insulin and in the process reducing the risk of insulin resistance.

    And ultimately, that can help slash your risk of diabetes.

    In the new study, nine overweight and obese women were tracked on two separate days each: A day in which they ate a normal breakfast, and a day in which they skipped the meal entirely.

    When they skipped breakfast, their glucose levels were an average of 12 percent higher after lunch.

    Higher glucose levels, of course, means the body needs more insulin to convert it into energy -- and as a result, the insulin response shot up by 28 percent.

    When insulin levels spike too often, you run the risk of developing insulin resistance -- and when you develop insulin resistance, you’re in the express lane for diabetes.

    So it’s of course important to keeping eating breakfast. But what you eat is every bit as important -- and if you eat a McGriddle each morning, you’re not going to lower your risk of diabetes.

    You’ll probably increase it.

    So make sure you stick to healthy foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner alike -- and as long as you’re looking for a healthy breakfast, why not get back to basics and start with an egg?

    As I told you told you recently, eggs can help you to feel fuller longer and eat less at lunch -- and you can read more about that right here.

  3. Why eating breakfast is important

    Breakfast can do more than give you a burst of energy in the morning. It can also help make sure you don't eat too much at lunch.

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