Skipping Breakfast is a Health Mistake
Do not make the mistake of skipping breakfast. Your health depends on it. We all know the drill…you wake up early to the alarm clock and it’s a race against time to get the kids up and ready for school, go over last minute scheduling needs with the hubby before he runs out the door, and you have to rush to get yourself set to hit the traffic and arrive to work on time. Whew…how in the world do you even attempt to fit in a nutritious breakfast? Many people simply choose to forego it. Perhaps with all the rushing around, you aren’t even hungry. I’m here to tell you that you should never, ever skip breakfast. Wait, what was that? Did I hear groans? Well, I’m going to give you 3 reasons why skipping breakfast is a health mistake.
Three Reasons Why Skipping Breakfast is a Health Mistake
1. Eating Breakfast boosts your metabolism.
Yes, it does. Think about it…you’ve been fasting all night. Your body’s processes have slowed down as a result. You need the nutrition and calories to jumpstart your metabolism for the day.
2. Research has shown that people who eat breakfast lose weight easier and keep it off.
Nope, I’m not making this up. Think about it. Have you skipped breakfast before? If so, there was a good chance that you were famished by lunch. When we are THAT hungry, we are more apt to make poor choices. According to WebMD, “…a research group analyzed government data on 4,200 adults. They found that regular breakfast eaters were more likely to exercise regularly. And women who ate breakfast regularly tended to eat fewer calories overall during the day.”
Being a Science NERD 🙂 I did some research for you…
In her article, “Why does eating a healthy breakfast help control weight?”, Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. discussed ways that regularly eating a healthy breakfast may help you lose excess weight and maintain your weight loss:
It reduces hunger. Eating breakfast may reduce your hunger later in the day, which may make it easier to avoid overeating. When you skip breakfast, you may feel ravenous later and be tempted to reach for a quick fix — such as vending machine candy or doughnuts at the office. In addition, the prolonged fasting that occurs when you skip breakfast can increase your body’s insulin response, which in turn increases fat storage and weight gain. In fact, skipping breakfast actually increases your risk of obesity.
Eating breakfast may help you make other healthy choices all day long. When you eat breakfast, you tend to eat a healthier overall diet, one that is more nutritious and lower in fat. When you skip breakfast, you’re more likely to skip fruits and vegetables the rest of the day, too.
Eating breakfast may give you energy, increasing your physical activity during the day. A healthy breakfast refuels your body and replenishes the glycogen stores that supply your muscles with immediate energy. Skipping breakfast is associated with decreased physical activity. You can better concentrate at work or school. When you skip breakfast, your blood sugar is going to be lower resulting in lack of concentration, moodiness, and decrease in memory. This type of situation is only setting yourself and your children (if they are skipping breakfast) up for failure.
Also, a study, published in the journal Circulation, finds that men who routinely skipped breakfast had a 27 percent higher risk of having a heart attack or dying from coronary heart disease compared to men who ate breakfast. The long-term, 16-year study included nearly 27,000 men.”Don’t skip breakfast,” concludes study author Leah Cahill, a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health.
So, if you skip breakfast — whether you’re trying to save time or cut calories — you may want to reconsider, especially if you’re trying to control your weight.
I want to share 2 easy breakfast recipes that are staples in my household:
Shakeology is my breakfast of choice almost every single day. It’s quick, easy, and extremely nutritious. My absolute favorite way to make it is called The Carl Daikeler Special:
- 1 scoop of Chocolate Shakeology
- 1 TBSP peanut butter
- ½ banana
- 8 oz water or almond milk (I prefer to use the almond milk)
- ice to taste
Blend all ingredients in a blender, adding ice to desired thickness.
The beauty of Shakeology is that if my alarm went off late and I don’t have time to even stop in the kitchen…instead I’m running through, I can grab my shaker cup, a packet of Shakeology, and water. Such was last Tuesday morning when I slept through my alarm and barely made it to the airport for my 7:30AM flight.
Here is my second favorite breakfast that is simple to make, Protein Oatmeal:
Protein Oatmeal Recipe
- 1/2 Cup of Water
- 1/4 Cup of Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
- 1/3 Cup of Berries – fresh or frozen
- 1 Scoop of Beachbody Whey Protein Powder (Vanilla or Chocolate)
- 1 Tbsp. of Chopped Walnuts or Pecans
- 1/4 to a 1/2 Cup of milk of your choice (I used soy milk) – I would pour in half first when you get to this step and see how liquidy it is. If you like it more liquidy, add the rest.
The information below here is based on using fat-free milk and one scoop of Beachbody Whey Protein Powder – so it will vary based on what you use.
Calories: 299 Total fat: 8g Sat. fat: 2g Carbohydrates: 33g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 14g Protein: 26g
Breakfast doesn’t have to be complicated or a giant spread. Think basic. Think nutritious. Think yummy. Also think “metabolism,” “good role model,” “weight loss,” and “concentration.” I’d love for you to share your easy, healthy, favorite breakfast recipes in the comments. Remember, skipping breakfast is a health mistake you do not want to make!