I’m sure you have all hear the age old saying, ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day…’ But is there actually any truth to that? What makes breakfast so important?
So let’s look at the benefits of breakfast…
A high fibre, nutrient dense breakfast can help curb cravings during the day. It leaves you feeling fuller for longer and less likely to reach for that high-sugar snack, which also means you eat less during the day.
Increases, energy, strength and stamina
Eating breakfast in the morning refuels your glycogen stores, which is what the body uses as energy. If you complete a morning workout, you will notice an increase in your strength and energy if you eat breakfast first. Children are very dependent on this energy source to start their day, it allows them to function at their full potential.
Boost your metabolism
Metabolism is the process of digesting food so the body can use it as fuel. After sleeping all night, your metabolism has slowed down, you have stopped burning calories. When you eat breakfast you stimulate your metabolism, meaning you start burning calories and using your energy. Your body also starts taking in essential nutrients it needs to remain healthy.
Keeps blood sugar levels stable
Studies have shown that insulin and blood sugar levels are found higher in people who don’t eat breakfast. By eating a regular breakfast it stabilises your blood sugar levels and decreases your risk of type 2 diabetes.
As you can see breakfast is a great way to start the day, however is it the most important meal of the day? That’s debatable, some would argue that every meal is important for different reasons and I tend to agree. Being consistent and eating regular meals during the day provides your body with a constant energy source. It also keeps cravings under control as your body feels full, limiting your risk of convenience snacking or over indulging.
I eat about 6 smaller meals a day and I always have breakfast!