Why Not Breakfast?

Why Not Breakfast?

It’s long been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but recently released studies are questioning that long-held belief.  The participants in this new study did not show any discernible difference in their weight whether they ate breakfast or not.  Although many non-breakfast eaters celebrate the study, it’s important to understand that the new study tracked only a few people for a short period of time. 

Argument for eating breakfast

Most long-term studies show that eating breakfast is a healthier option, but only if the proper choices are made.  When someone eats a breakfast high in simple carbohydrates or sugars, their blood sugar spikes, they become hungry again very quickly and often gain weight simply because of their body’s constant need for sugar.  In contrast, when someone eats a breakfast high in protein, fats and healthy fibers and low in sugar, they often eat fewer calories throughout the rest of the day.

In addition, other studies show that those who skip breakfast tend to nibble and snack throughout the day.  By snacking throughout the day, they often lose track of the number of calories they eat and will often overindulge and make poor choices. 

So is breakfast really necessary?

The real answer is it depends upon you.  Some people, especially those who employ intermittent fasting, do better when skipping breakfast.  Others really need something substantial shortly after waking up in order to stave off hunger pangs and jump-start their productivity. 

It’s important to listen to what your body is telling you.  If you skip breakfast and get super-hungry mid morning, you might wish to add a healthy breakfast back to your daily schedule.  Likewise, if you find yourself reaching for the sugary treats all morning, it’s best to fill up with better choices early on in the day to stave off your cravings.

What should you eat for breakfast?

When picking your breakfast choices, you should build one using protein, fats and healthy fibers. 

Healthy fats include non-refined coconut oil, olive oil or real grass-fed butter.  Fats help regulate hormones, keep us feeling full for a longer period of time and in contrast to long-standing belief, do not make us fat. In fact, the latest studies show that its excess carbohydrates and simple sugars that get stored in the body as fat.  

Protein is another essential part of a great breakfast simply because it keeps you feeling full longer and provides fuel for your body to operate efficiently.  Adding in an egg, nut butters, all-natural whey protein powder, green yogurt, or some Canadian bacon will provide you with a great protein start. 

When most people think of fiber, they think of the breakfast cereals that come in a box.  They don’t realize that most cereals are also high in sugars and unhealthy fats. So - it’s best to skip the cereal aisle and add natural fiber as part of your breakfast routine.  Good sources include chia seeds (also a great source of healthy Omega-3’s), flax meal, almond butter, pumpkin seeds, apples, and vegetables. 

Helpful hint!  Make yourself a smoothie with greens (such as kale or broccoli), a spoonful of peanut butter, yogurt, almond milk, strawberries, and chia seeds and you’ll get all you need for a super healthy breakfast on the go!f

CATEGORIES: Breakfast, Food