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June 21, 2013

Why You Should Eat a Healthy Breakfast?

Health experts from across the globe give stress to eating a healthy breakfast daily. Breakfast is considered as the most important meal of the day and it is highly recommended by health experts not to skip breakfast at any cost. But many people do not follow this advice and often skip this important meal of the day. 

Studies have shown that less than 40 percent of Americans eat breakfast every day. There are different reasons behind this. While some people skip breakfast due to their busy schedules, many people avoid it to maintain their body weight.

Irrespective of your busy schedule, hectic lifestyles and health reasons, you should try your best to eat a nutritious breakfast before you start your day. There are a number of benefits that you can reap from eating breakfast. 

Here are the top 5 benefits of eating a healthy breakfast: 

Improves Your Focus Level: Studies show that people who eat breakfast are more alert and focused and do better on tests as compared to those who skip breakfast. Eating a healthy breakfast can improve brain function. Plus, when you are hungry, it is hard to think about anything else except for food.

Prevents Weight Gain: Often people think skipping breakfast is a good way to save on calories and lose weight, but this is not at all true. Several studies have proved that those who skip breakfast tend to weigh more than those who eat breakfast regularly. Additionally, those who eat breakfast are more likely to engage in physical activity on a regular basis. When you skip breakfast, you are much more likely to overeat during lunch and dinner. Additionally, you encourage your body to store calories when you skip breakfast.

Boosts Your Metabolism: The metabolism rate of the person decrease when he or she goes to sleep. By eating breakfast, you wake up your metabolism and get your engine running. A faster metabolism will allow you to burn more calories throughout the day. It has been found that those who skip breakfast have a metabolic rate four to five percent below normal, which may lead to weight gain.

Reduces Your LDL Cholesterol: LDL cholesterol is bad cholesterol that increases the risk of developing heart disease. A new study done by Harvard School of Public Health has shown that people who skip breakfast may be at a greater risk for having a heart attack. But by eating breakfast regularly you can lower LDL cholesterol, obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes, which are all heart disease risk factors. TTo reduce your risk of having a heart attack eat breakfast daily.

Makes You Energetic: Those who skip breakfast often feel sluggish and tired. This is because when you wake up in the morning, your blood sugar is at its lowest point in the day. Without breakfast, your body does not get the nutrients to function properly. When you eat breakfast, your blood sugar and insulin levels rise more slowly throughout the day, and help you feel energetic throughout the day. It has been proved that people who eat breakfast have higher energy levels and may engage in more physical activity than people who don't. 

Choosing the Right Breakfast Foods

This just goes to show how important it is to choose the right foods for breakfast. A healthy breakfast meal should contain a variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low- or non-fat dairy and lean protein. 

Some healthy breakfast choices are:

  • A vegetable omelet with a piece of bread
  • Low-fat cheese with scrambled egg
  • Whole grain cereal with milk
  • Oatmeal with milk and nuts.
  • One vegetable sandwich with one glass of orange juice
  • One cup yogurt and one apple
  • Yogurt smoothie and breakfast bar
  • Hard-boiled eggs with one banana or an apple.

It is very important for you to make time for your breakfast. A healthy breakfast will increase your metabolism, boost your energy, help you focus and lower your bad cholesterol. It can also prevent you from gaining weight and reduce your risk of having a heart attack.