Is Breakfast Really the Most Important Meal of the Day?

Remember when your mother wouldn’t let you out of the house until you had a good breakfast?

While making sure you start the day with food might be good motherly advice, it’s also scientifically proven – sort of.

According to researchers at Rush University, the most important benefit is that breakfast gives a boost to your metabolism, which helps you burn more calories throughout the day.

Even if you don’t listen to mom, the research found your body thinks it will be deprived of food and retain calories instead of burning them when you skip the morning meal.

Have a Plant (a website obviously pushing plant-based foods) notes that eating a nutritious breakfast consisting of whole grains, fruits, vegetables and eggs helps you maintain a good blood sugar level, prevents binge and impulse snacking and sets the stage for a day of healthy food.

Sharon Collison, a registered dietitian nutritionist and a clinical instructor in nutrition at the University of Delaware, told Time magazine she thinks breakfast is important.

“People who consume breakfast regularly often have increased physical activity. They have better dietary profiles and lower intake of snacks,” Collison says. “Skipping breakfast is associated with increased disease risk — not only obesity but diabetes, heart disease and just lower dietary quality.”

To boil it down even further, the website adds to the premise that eating breakfast will boost metabolism and regulate blood sugar. The website adds:

  • The morning meal reduces the risk for feeling like you are starving and cuts down on cravings and overeating
  • With a morning nosh, you will feel fuller and eat fewer calories, cutting down on weight gain
  • Breakfast people consume more vitamins, minerals and fiber throughout the day
  • You can improve your concentration and productivity with food in the morning
  • If you skip directly to a later lunch, you might have lower energy levels and less strength and endurance
  • Your mood tends to be sour if you miss breakfast
  • Your memory will suffer as you cannot focus and learn

That said, experts say eating your breakfast in the morning is important. Registered dietitian Theresa Shank told Women’s Health magazine that we should feed our bodies with something within two hours of waking up to get the most out of our breakfast.


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