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The Top Ten Reasons To Eat Breakfast 1. A better attention span, focus and better productivity 2.Maintaining a healthy weight 3.Setting an example for your children 4.Essential nutrients. 5.Eating breakfast can reverse the effects of fasting: irritability and fatigue
6.Lower cholesterol, which reduces the risk of heart disease. 7. Eating a healthy breakfast has been linked to better learning ability and memory functions. 8.Increase your metabolic rate. 9.Eating breakfast can have long term effects and prevent Obesity, High Blood Pressure and Diabetes. 10. Breakfast foods are delicious!
Why Is Breakfast Important We always hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day — but why is this true? In a way, breakfast is "breaking the fast" because after sleeping for eight hours and being without food during the night, our brain and muscles need energy and fuel to function. And the glucose in food is how we get this energy. With this rush of nutrients and glucose to our brains, we are better able to concentrate, focus, be productive, and be in better spirits — no waking up on the wrong side of the bed!
Eating breakfast gets your morning started on the right track. It helps you keep your energy up and make healthier eating choices throughout the day. Eating breakfast gives you a mental advantage. When you start off your day, your body needs fuel. “Glycogen stores start to deplete. If you haven’t had any food, by lunch you’ll start to feel fatigued,” says Kraus, adding that cognitive studies, particularly on children, tell us what happens if you don’t eat — you lose focus and concentration as well as the ability to think and problem-solve. “Without eating breakfast, you’re more vulnerable to cravings and less likely to make healthy choices in the morning and throughout the day,” says Kraus. That’s a disaster — whether you’re on a diet or just eating for good health.
The Importance of Breakfast: Focused Thinking Recent research also suggests that there are advantages to both eating breakfast and choosing certain foods in particular. “Studies have shown that kids do better in school when they’ve eaten a high-fiber, low glycemic index breakfast like oatmeal, rather than a sugary cereal. The same approach should work for adults who go to work early and have to make quick decisions,” says Kraus. “It’s anecdotal, but at lectures, we always say the worst thing to serve attendees in the morning is the typical pastry — it’s only a temporary filler. Couple that with a cup of coffee and you have a big surge of energy, but by midmorning your audience is sluggish or sleeping — everyone bottoms out.” “Breakfast can also be a smoothie, a slice of pizza, or waffles with fruit,” suggests Kraus. “It can be a homemade high-fiber muffin made with added egg whites and milk, nonfat dry milk powder, or whey powder instead of water to embellish the protein content.” Besides hot cereal made with milk, other ideas to try are smoked fish or hummus on whole- grain or rye bread or on half a whole grain bagel.
Eating Breakfast Healthy Weight Loss! If you are someone who thinks skipping breakfast will help you lose weight, think again! Studies show that eating breakfast helps weight loss and is associated with better weight control -- especially a cereal breakfast. An ongoing study of people who have maintained weight loss of at least 30 pounds for more than a year shows that eating breakfast keeps people slimmer (National Weight Control Registry). Breakfast eaters tend to eat fewer calories, less saturated fat and cholesterol and have better overall nutritional status than breakfast skippers.