Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Most Important Start to Your Day

When you’re running late in the morning, the last thing on your mind is eating a proper breakfast, but just taking a few extra minutes to pour a bowl of Cheerios would benefit you more than you think.
Here are some of the reasons why eating breakfast is valuable to your health.
You get your essential nutrients.
Skipping meals only guarantees that you will not get all the necessary nutrients that you will need to function throughout the day. Many of us already do not meet the essential vitamins and minerals needed daily, and skipping breakfast surely doesn’t help.
Eating Breakfast gives you a better attention span.
If you find yourself zoning out in class or at work, a small breakfast can help you focus on the task at hand. You gain more strength and endurance, and studies on those who do not eat breakfast before work are unable to work as hard until lunchtime. Studies on children reveal that they are unable to complete school work. Eating a healthy breakfast has also been linked to better learning ability and memory functions.
You can maintain a healthy weight.
Skipping meals is always a no-no if you are ever trying to lose or maintain healthy weight. People who skip breakfast are shown to choose less nutritious and convenience foods to curb their ravenous appetite by the time lunch creeps around. Poor eating habits lead to eating at awkward times, like throughout the evening. Those people end up storing extra calories during the evening hours as the metabolism slows down and end up weighing more because of it.
It puts you in a better mood.
Eating breakfast can reverse the effects of fasting, which are irritability and fatigue, which hints the name “break-fast.” Being in a crappy mood can last up to 16 hours, and no one really wants to feel bad all day or be around someone that feels like they want to rip your head off.
It helps you maintain good health.
Eating breakfast in the morning can lower cholesterol, which reduces the risk of heart disease, increase your metabolic rate, and prevent obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes.
Research has shown that people who eat breakfast consume less dietary cholesterol than people who don’t eat breakfast. The people who skip breakfast also have a metabolic rate four to five percent below normal, which may lead to an expected weight gain of eight pounds per year (one pound every seven weeks).
As long as you avoid the processed and fatty foods at breakfast you’ll be good to go. Omit the breakfast sandwiches and you will prevent yourself from consuming 560 calories and an extra 32 grams of fat. Oatmeal, cereal, fruit, eggs or even a natural smoothie would suffice for a great tasting breakfast. You’re just better off in the long run if you choose to participate in the most important meal of the day.

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