In western society, breakfast is often treated as an optional meal. If you’re running late for work or school, it’s usually the first thing to go out the window. However, if you value your personal health, it’s important to recognize just how important it is to eat a nutritional breakfast on a regular basis.
Your breakfast meal is more important than any other meal of the day. Here’s why.
The 12 to 18 Hour Gap
Let’s say you eat dinner at 7:30 and go to bed at 11:00. If you eat breakfast, your meal would be at 7:30 in the morning.
However, if you skip breakfast and don’t have lunch till 12:30, it will have been 15 hours since you’ve had any food in your body.
That extended gap is extremely unhealthy for your body. Your breakfast meal is supposed to be the meal that helps your body transition from hibernating at night to an active day.
That’s why it’s called “breakfast” – It breaks your fast.
Going without breakfast often means having a 12 to 18 hour gap of no food in your body. That’s extremely unhealthy.
Balances Your Blood Sugar Levels
Your blood sugar level is one of the most important things for maintaining a steady level of energy and concentration throughout the day.
Your blood sugar level is in large part influenced by the foods you eat. As food you eat is turned into usable energy and glucose by the body, sugar is released into the blood stream to be delivered to different parts of the body.
When you go 12 to 18 hours without food however, the body starts to run low on glucose. As a result your blood sugar levels will start to fall.
This will result in you feeling lethargic, having lower levels of concentration and having poorer health in general.
Eating Breakfast Helps Lose Weight
It may seem counter intuitive that eating one more meal actually helps with weight loss.
The reality is, most people who try to lose weight by skipping breakfast end up compensating for it by eating a large lunch.
Furthermore, they’re more likely to consume unhealthy snacks throughout the day, such as chips or chocolate bars, to stave off the hunger.
It’s much healthier to start the day off with a wholesome, vitamin and mineral filled breakfast than it is to try and skip the meal altogether.
What Should You Eat for Breakfast?
Fruits and complex carbohydrates are a very good combination. Fruits will give your body the energy kick it needs to get started, while the complex carbohydrates will give your body sustained energy.
Both complex carbs and fruits also have a lot of vitamins and minerals, which gets your body off to a healthy start.
You might not notice the difference the first day or two you have breakfast. But once you get in the habit of eating breakfast every day, you’ll likely find that your overall energy and mental clarity significantly improves.