The word “breakfast” is composed of two words – “break” and “fast”. It means that after the night hours of sleep and rest your body has been “fasting”, so in the morning you have to “break” this fast and start the energy supply cycle again.
People say this is the most important meal of the day because it prepares you for the trials and tribulations you are about to face; so you’d better face them ready and raring to have a go at them.
Breakfast varies but what is the most common ingredient is carbohydrates – cereals, fruit, vegetable; protein – eggs, meat, cheese; hot and cold drinks – coffee, tea, juice.
Eating nutritious breakfast helps you make healthier choices and prevents you on wolfing down a burger or a pizza for lunch. It helps boost concentration and memory. Your body stocks up fuel from the fibers, vitamins and minerals you consume in the morning. Breakfast helps lower the bad cholesterol – LDL; boost the metabolism, improves the mood and keeps you energized.
Skipping breakfast can be the reason for higher levels of insulin and cholesterol. It is a “step” towards obesity and lower energy levels.
Researchers in the UK asked a group of subjects to eat 700 or more calories by 11 a.m. and another to fast until after noon. Both groups could eat whenever and whatever they wanted the rest of the day. Blood sugar was monitored every 5 minutes.
Even though the two groups ate similarly after noon, those who skipped breakfast had bigger spikes and drops in the glucose levels. The breakfast eaters improved their insulin sensitivity (the body’s response to rises in glucose) by 10 percent. Eating breakfast seems to have a ‘second-meal effect’. It prepares your metabolism to maintain stable blood sugar levels after the following meals throughout the day.
A common reason for skipping breakfast is stress. People often become so fixated on a project or so stressed and full of anxiety that they truly don’t feel hungry. What happens is that the stress hormones can blunt hunge, and, because time is precious, it’s easy to postpone eating. The next thing you know, you have skipped lunch, too. The result is experiencing primal hunger in the evening and having an extra-special-super heavy meal at a time when you should have had something light to get your body ready for the night “hibernation”.
Lack of time is a popular excuse to skip meals. You really don’t need to sit down to three big meals. What you can do instead, is eat fast, nutritious mini-meals, especially when time is of the essence. For example, breakfast is just a matter of having something to eat in the morning, like a bowl of cereal or a glass of orange juice and a cup of milk.