New debates continue to swirl around one of the oldest questions around. Is breakfast really important? As children, we have heard our parents, grandparents, mentors, and coaches all tell us not to forget to eat breakfast.”It’s the most important meal of the day.” But recent studies (More specifically, Aug. 2015) have shown evidence that maybe breakfast really isn’t as important as we think. With that being said, from a health factor alone, what we fuel ourselves with when we start our day still is a viable factor to how the body and mind functions.
Most recent studies regarding this topic revolve around breakfast, weight loss and their statistical findings. In a nutshell, whether you eat breakfast or not isn’t really going to affect your weight loss goals at the end of the day. What you eat is.
So is breakfast really important or not?
Yes, what we first eat is important. Whether you choose to eat breakfast at 7 or opt for something a little later – what we first choose to eat plays an important role in how we cope physically and mentally throughout the day. When you skip eating meals, you train your body to become less hungry. As a result, you become more tired because your body is not getting what it needs to function at an optimal level. This can affect your work production, testing at school, and you are more likely to be injured while playing sports. Sustainable energy to help us remain focused, alert and strong starts from the first choices we make every day.
Maintaining that balance between health and a healthy lifestyle can be tricky. Starting your day off on the right foot by fueling yourself with the energy found in complex carbs such as whole grains or oatmeal, taking on some protein found in eggs, or maybe you want to go all out with some poached salmon, yogurt and dill. Whatever healthy choice you make, you can be sure that you are reducing your risk of obesity, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes.
So to breakfast, or not breakfast is a decision we have to make every day. Do we want to maintaining that healthy, balanced, energized lifestyle? If so, breakfast it is!