If you skip breakfast in the morning, you are not alone. In fact, according to a study by the NPD market research group, you are one among 31 million Americans who do not eat breakfast every day. How can this be when you grew up hearing, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day?” Health experts tend to vary their opinion on the importance of breakfast, but there is scientific evidence about how eating breakfast or not eating breakfast can affect your body.
DON’T CHOOSE EMPTY CALORIES
“You can consume any protein and fiber options for the boost in mood and energy, albeit more short lived with less benefits,” Warren said. “The overall health benefits, such as decreasing the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, cited in studies are most likely due to the quality of breakfast foods chosen, such as 100-percent whole grains and fruits.”
GET ENERGY FOR THE DAY
“We need a healthy meal at the beginning of the day, in preparation for the tasks ahead,” Mangieri said. “Eating breakfast provides energy for the brain and improves learning. Studies have shown that breakfast eaters have better concentration, attention span and memory.”
AVOID EXTENDED FASTING
“The term breakfast literally means breaking the fast,” Sheth said. “When you don’t eat breakfast, your body goes into an extended fasting state from the night before. This creates a situation where your body may react as if it’s in starvation. You may overcompensate by eating more calories throughout the day and your body may convert these calories into body fat stores more efficiently as it’s not sure when the next bite of food is coming.”