Why eat breakfast?

Why eat breakfast?

Lets face it, when the alarm goes off most of us hit the snooze button.  “Just a few more minutes, I’ll skip breakfast today.”   What’s the harm in skipping breakfast? As it turns out, more than you think!  See, people skip breakfast thinking they’re cutting calories, but by lunch, that person is often famished.  We see this all the time and it’s one of the single biggest ways to set up oneself for failure and weight gain!  Research indicates that breakfast skippers replace calories during the day with mindless nibbling, often associated with bingeing at lunch and dinner.

Numerous studies have shown that the simple act of eating breakfast, every day, is one of the single biggest contributors to losing weight and keeping it off. Eating breakfast is a daily habit that has to be created for both successful weight loss and ongoing weight maintenance.  It’s important to note that all breakfast is not created equally.

Protein at breakfast is the single best way to start the day!

A research study written in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition performed a study that fed two groups of people protein in one case (eggs), and carbohydrates in the other (a bagel).  They then looked at the caloric consumption over the next 24 hours.  The results were pretty shocking!  The egg eaters felt more satiety (sense of fullness) over the course of the day and, more importantly, they ate a staggering 445 less calories.[1]  This equates to the possibility of losing nearly 45 pounds over the course of a year!

Can we all cook some eggs every morning?  Probably.  But the one thing that we’ve learned over the course of helping 1000’s of patients lose weight and keep it off is building a breakfast habit is one thing, but it has to be super easy and expeditious to prepare or it’s really easy to fall of the wagon. 

When you skip breakfast, you are actually fasting for 15 or more hours.  This is literally a death blow to the metabolism and is really one of the single easiest ways to tell the body to create more fat.  To lose weight, we have to create a deficit between what we eat and what we burn. 

Remember, eating breakfast is a habit.  It has to be created.  Conversely, not eating breakfast will make it nearly impossible to lose weight or to maintain a weight moving forward.  So, get yourself and your family started today with a new habit!

[1] Short-Term Effect of Eggs on Satiety in Overweight and Obese Subjects, Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Vol. 24, No. 6, 510-515, 2005.

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  1. Healthy Lifestyle — September 27, 2011 @ 9:52 am

    As i know breakfast is very important for a good well being. If a person regularly skips breakfast it influences badly his/her health state.

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