Breakfast like a king, lunch like an earl and sup like a pauper.
This old adage contains sound advice, according to modern nutritionists. Skipping breakfast is not good for you, eating the wrong things for breakfast is, too. Whether you're a kid still sprouting or a fully grown specimen of the human race, food delivers the nutrients we need, and breakfast happens to be particularly important because after a night's sleep our bodies are low on protein, vitamins, minerals and energy. Hence the word "break" and "fast."
1. Skipping breakfast is linked to weight gain
Numerous studies have proven that eating breakfast aids weight loss. These studies have proven that people skipping breakfast habitually, are 4.5 times more likely to become overweight or obese than those who eat a healthy breakfast.Help avoid a sluggish metabolism by starting your day with eggs or oatmeal. I actually fluctuate 3-4 pounds if I miss breakfast. Why is this? Because without properly fueling, your body is missing those important macros that help control your appetite and not being ravenous during the day.
2. It contains all the nutrients you need
No, not fatty bacon, sausage or hash browns! Breakfast foods like oats and eggs or fruit and unsweetened yogurt will provide you with your daily dollop of healthy nutrition. Those who skip breakfast will have lower levels of potassium, zinc, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamins A, B6, C and E.
3. You'll Have More Energy
To stabilize your blood glucose level and have more energy, start your day the right way with some eggs. This will provide you with lean protein for a powerful day! And starting your day with protein and a healthy fat will curb your appetite so you make healthier choices for the day. Having more energy is one of my top reasons you should never skip breakfast.
4. Breakfast helps balance protein levels
Instead of scarfing down most of your daily protein dose at dinner time, change your breakfast routine. Our bodies need protein to develop and maintain lean muscle tissue. If we don't get a sufficient supply during the day, muscle maintenance is not optimized.
Our bodies use energy to digest food and make efficient use of the nutrients we consume. This is called the thermic effect of food (TEF). Not all foods burn up the same amount of energy, though. Protein has a far higher TEF (20 - 35%) level than fat or carbs. This means a high protein intake can significantly boost our metabolism and increase the amount of calories our bodies burn, amounting to as much as 100 additional calories per day.
Eating lots of protein at dinner time doesn't work because our bodies can only absorb and process so much at a time. Include milk, yogurt, eggs, cheese and lean meats in your breakfast to balance protein levels correctly and you'll feel fuller for longer.
5. Protein at breakfast is the best hangover cure
Why should a plate of bacon and eggs serve as the ideal hangover cure after an epic boozy night out? It's because our bodies crave protein in the mornings. Proteins are broken down into individual amino acids. They help our liver to detoxify, which speeds up our recovery. Alcohol consumption depletes the number of amino acids in our bodies, which means eating a hearty bacon butty will get your amino acids working again, according to researchers at Newcastle University.
Do you always eat breakfast and does it contain protein?