By a show of hands, how many people roll their eyes or immediately get agitated when they hear or are reminded of the fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day…
If I could see the ones who’s hands are raised, the common denominator between this group would more than likely be the fact that they all skip breakfast. According to THE NPD GROUP, a leading marketing research company, 31 million Americans admit to beginning their day without breakfast. It has also been documented and validated in 2015 that currently almost 3/4 the adult population in this country are overweight. Coincidence?
Perhaps. Perhaps not.
Here’s the reality. Whether you skip or don’t skip breakfast will never be the sole factor to if you’re fat or fit. Science has validated this. But the research has shown and it can’t be ignored that people who skip breakfast have a higher risk of obesity, and tend to follow other unhealthy lifestyle habits as well.
As every life coach has suggested in the history of life coaching, if you want to get better or improve on something, model the behaviors and actions of someone who’s already killing it in that area. I’m paraphrasing of course.
The fact is this; every meal is the most important meal of the day. But eating breakfast is important for a multitude of reasons. Today I’m going to share with you 5 Reasons to Never Skip Breakfast:
Consuming proper nutrients first thing in the morning will boost your energy, allow you to wake up faster, and instantly put you in a better mood.
2) LOWER RISK OF DIABETES
According to a study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, skipping breakfast may increase the risk and occurrence of diabetes. Subjects who ate breakfast everyday where shown to be at a much lower risk of those who did not.
3) HELPS PREVENT HEART DISEASE
According to a July 2013 study in the medical journal Circulation, eating breakfast was associated with a lower incidence of heart disease in men between age 45-82. The study also concluded that skipping breakfast was also linked to hypertension, (high blood pressure) insulin resistance (which leads to obesity and diabetes) and elevated blood sugar levels.
4) IMPROVED MEMORY
Have you ever felt as if you’re not as sharp and on point as you once were, or for reasons unknown you’re just forgetting important stuff ? Usually we attribute and write this off as an inevitable part of the obligatory aging process. Unfortunately, this is not entirely accurate. The nutrition we consume on a consistent basis can and will effect our memory whether for the good or bad, significantly! A 2005 Journal of American Dietetic Association review of 47 breakfast-related studies found that by eating breakfast, cognitive functions related to enhanced memory and higher test grades were elevated drastically. In laymans terms: Eating breakfast can and will enhance your mental acuity immensely.
5) SUPPORTS IN FAT LOSS
In a recent study, participants who ate breakfast lost an average 17.8 pounds more over a 3 month period than those who did not. The other participants consumed the same number of total calories per day, but ate most of their calories later in the day as a direct result of intense hunger stemming from skipping meals. (July 2013, Journal of Obesity) The parties who skipped breakfast lost an average of only 7.3 pounds each over the 3 month period. You can’t argue with science my friends!