If you are or have been meaning to commit to a healthier lifestyle, then one of the many claims you have come across is that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Here, we provide a debate behind the controversy of whether to eat breakfast or not.
Just how much have we been taking our breakfasts for granted?
The Common Excuse
You have probably used one of these excuses to pave your way out of eating breakfast….
“I don’t have time for it”
“I don’t want to be late for work”
“No thanks, am on a diet”
“My stomach gets upset if I do, it’s not used to it”
“Preparing breakfast takes time”
and the biggest of all “I don’t have time”, so on and so forth.
We basically view breakfast as a time-wasting activity that would require a lot of our effort. Obviously, its one of the first things we do when we wake up and if your not a morning person like me, than it can be an ugly site! I’ve often snoozed my alarm for the extra time it takes me to make breakfast, preferring to sleep in, then jump out of bed and out the door, passing by the kitchen completely.
For many of us, I am sure it is the same scenario. We opt to skip it and carry on with our day waiting for a coffee break or even going until lunch time without eating anything.
So if Most of Us Have Survived Just Fine Without Breakfast, Is it Really That Important?
While sleeping, your body lacks nourishment. Well, of course it does; that’s a bit obvious given that you can’t sleep and eat at the same time.
So when you wake up, your body will need a little something to jump-start your metabolism and get you active. With a low metabolism, your body will drag and feel tired quite rapidly. It will be like using 10,000 spoons to slice a steak, when what you really need is one knife. (Recognize that song?)
Anyway, when you have more energy in the morning you are more likely to have better output in your activities. This is because you will have better concentration levels given that your brain will have enough carbohydrates to utilize.
Eating a good and well-balanced breakfast will also brighten up your day and make you less irritable. You most definitely know how when you haven’t eaten for a couple of hours, your mood shifts to the more wayward side. Every single thing appears to get on your nerves and at the end of it all you will feel exhausted. It does take a lot of energy being angry.
Another reason breakfast is considered important, especially if you’re on a journey to weight-loss, is because it helps you consume fewer calories. Eating an adequate amount of food for breakfast will make you feel satisfied. When lunch time comes about, you won’t cram your mouth with food with the mentality that you need to make up for all the time you went without eating.
It is also important for weight loss because when you eat breakfast, your metabolism speeds up, and you will burn more calories (something you really need in order to get rid of that stubborn weight). When you go for long periods without eating, your metabolism reads into it and “decides” that it’s time to slow down to conserve the “fuel” it has. So you’ll burn fewer calories. Talk about your metabolism having a mind of its own!
So it Really is Important to Have it Every SINGLE Morning, Right?
It is pretty hard to say when there are a variety of arguments that may suggest otherwise.
Some critics claim that the idea the metabolism slows down when you skip meals is refutable. According to these critics, what really influences your metabolism is the amount and types (proteins, carbs and fats) of calories you take. So they say that if you are going to have a breakfast which is packed with carbohydrates and sugar, you may as well have no breakfast at all. (The flip side is that your breakfast, along with lunch and dinner, should be high in protein and fat rather than high in carbohydrates).
Another argument is that skipping breakfast just might help you curb your carb intake. Popular choices for breakfast, for the fact that they are pre-packaged and easy, are foods that are high-carbs. These include cereal, pancakes and toast. These food choices can trigger your response to insulin due to their high carb and high sugar content. Therefore, by increasing insulin, you are promoting the accumulation of fat.
According to some scientists skipping breakfast could be a good weight-loss strategy. The reasoning behind this argument is that some people don’t end up making up for all those calories later in the day. So at the end of the day, you would have taken in less calories than you would have if you had eaten breakfast. Therefore, creating a calorie deficit which….(hooray!) enables you to lose weight.
So What Now?
On one hand it appears breakfast really is important for a healthy lifestyle. It boosts your metabolism and helps you become more productive in your daily endeavors. However, it would also appear that missing your breakfast means less calorie intake, which is a key consideration when fighting obesity.
In a nutshell, there appears to be a conflict of interest!
Would you rather have a higher 24 hour energy output or would you rather avoid a negative net calorie balance? What would you prioritize: Promotions and profits at your work place OR a nice trim body? What side of the debate are you on?
To ease the stress thinking of a healthy breakfast to start your day off or, if your short for time and need a healthy breakfast on the go, we have put together a list healthy breakfast ideas to start your day off with a bang and also ensure you are getting a well balanced meal before your busy day begins. Reap the benefits of a healthy breakfast all day long!