“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” How many times have you heard someone utter the previous sentence? You have heard it over and over again, haven’t you? Your mother said it. Your teachers said it. Your coaches said it.
But you’re a young adult. You do what you want today. Being independent makes you feel good. Besides, you think, your mother, teachers and coaches have been wrong about too many things to count.
Well guess what? They might be wrong about your friends, homework, and exercising without water, but they’re absolutely right about breakfast. Science says so. You think you have been tired in the mornings for years because you went to bed late and didn’t sleep enough. That’s partly true, but your lack of a nutritious breakfast was also a factor in your fatigue. Breakfast really IS the most important meal of the day.
Why Should You Eat a Nutritious Breakfast?
Calories are a measurement of energy. Active young men between the ages of 19 to 30 need roughly 3,000 calories daily to have the energy to perform effectively for the rest of the day. Active young women of the same age need roughly 2,400 calories daily. Older men and women need a few hundred fewer calories daily. Postponing eating until later in the day can make you fatigued before you eat, even if you hit your needed caloric intake by day’s end. A nutritious breakfast is the solution to your fatigue.
You cannot count the number of people who think that eating little or nothing in the morning will help them lose weight. They reason that they’re not hungry in the morning and are hungry later in the day so why not skip breakfast? Well, the reason they’re so hungry later in the day is that they haven’t eaten breakfast! Those hunger pangs lead to really, really……..really bad decisions. Do you sometimes have an unbelievable desire to buy junk food out of the office vending machine late in the morning? Now you know why. “Research studies show that people who eat breakfast have a better chance of reaching and maintaining a healthy weight,” according to the About Health report “Trying to Lose Weight? Don’t Skip Breakfast.”
“Fresh and Fit: Skipping breakfast” reports that men “who routinely skip breakfast” are 27 percent more likely to have a heart attack or die because they have heart disease than men who eat breakfast. The statistic is from a long-term study by the reputable medical journal “Circulation.”
Think about it. You generally eat lunch just a few hours after you eat breakfast. Then, you eat dinner just a few hours after eating lunch. When you eat breakfast, though, you haven’t eaten in more than half a day. It stands to reason that the food you consume after a half-day fast is more important than food you consume a few hours later. The article “Mom is right: Breakfast really is important” addresses that issue. It says “With the time between last night’s dinner/snack and this morning’s breakfast being the longest fasting period of the day, breakfast has an effect on you that’s different than any other meal. Eating within two hours of waking can make a difference in the way you metabolize glucose, or blood sugar, all day.”
The morning is the perfect time to eat a nutritious breakfast. If you wake up early enough, you should have enough time to prepare yourself a nutritious breakfast. Besides that, there are a multitude of healthy cereals that you can buy and eat with enough nutrients to make you energetic and productive for the rest of the day. Later on in the day, you might be eating between work breaks and not have time to think about nutrients. The John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health “Why You Should Eat a Healthy Breakfast” report says that “People who skip breakfast are unlikely to make up their daily requirement for some vitamins and minerals that a simple breakfast would have provided.”
As important as a nutritious breakfast is for you, it is even more important for children. According to the WebMD report “Why Breakfast Is the Most Important Meal of the Day,” studies show that children who don’t eat breakfast are more likely to skip or be late for school than children who eat breakfast.
“While adults need to eat breakfast each day to perform their best, kids need it even more,” the report says. “Their growing bodies and developing brains need regular refueling often, from food.”