1.28.2011

Is Breakfast really that Important?

You have all heard it before....  
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.... 
 So is that the truth? 
I for one don't know why anyone would NOT want to eat breakfast.... I wake up and one of the first things that I look forward to is eating..
But I know many of you think differently- whatever the reason. 
-you are trying to lose weight
-you want to save your calories for later 
-it makes you feel yucky
-you don't like breakfast foods
-you don't have time
Whatever your reason is I am here to give my two cents that I believe that  
Breakfast IS very important.... and I like to think it is the MOST important meal of the day. 
Here's why.. {especially if you are trying to lose weight}.

**You've been fasting overnight without food or water--- for an average of 8-12 hours {Break-fast is called breakfast for good reason},
Eating breakfast helps keep your body from sending messages to your metabolism to slow down and conserve your calories. If your body's cells do not receive sufficient nutrients-energy they begin to function less efficiently and will actually store more fat to use during these times of nutritional deprivation.
Skipping Breakfast can also lead to intense hunger, making it difficult to make wise food choices later {I tend to eat much more for lunch if I didn't have anything for breakfast}.

So If you don't eat something after that long fast, your body will begin to sense that you are starving and slow down your metabolism to conserve the fuel and not work as efficiently.
Translation- your body is burning calories at a slower rate which if you are trying to lose weight is not what you want happening. Instead you want to Boost your metabolism and have your body burn calories more quickly and earlier in the day.   

Breakfast really is ESSENTIAL.
For all you breakfast haters--- your breakfast doesn't have to be huge.
It can be as simple as:
The more fiber the better though... It make you stay  fuller longer!! So fill up on Whole grains and fruits! 

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