Importance of A Good Breakfast
Almost all nutritionists will tell you: breakfast is “the most important meal of the day” and those who skip this meal take the risk of getting fat or at least not succeeding in losing weight.
In the morning each day except for mostly weekends, everything goes really fast, and many people neglect or forget to take their breakfast. However, this is essential to start the day well, especially for children still growing.
Do you know the Chinese proverb: “To be well, have breakfasts like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar”? Do not take this saying lightly, but draw a good lesson from it.
Breakfast plays an important role in controlling appetite and regulating food intake. Having a balanced breakfast has an impact on satiety and reduced hunger during the day.
Just having a breakfast can prevent many problems and keep you fit, healthy and active for a very long time! This meal helps to fill up your daily requirements of energy and vitamins.
Why Is Breakfast Important For Our Health?
1. Breakfast Gives Us Energy
Breakfast is a vital meal because it follows a period of fasting from 8 to 12 hours (at night). So it must be plentiful enough to meet our energy needs in the first part of the day to give us the strength and energy to get up to lunch.
2. Improves Concentration And Memory
During the night, the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood falls, which is why we lack energy in the morning. Eating breakfast thus gives us the “strength” to attack the morning – making us able to think clearly, learn or work.
Studies show that children who eat breakfast before school are in better mental shape during the morning: their memory is better, their creativity or their concentration is also better. (This observation is also valid for adults: eating a breakfast allows us to be more productive during the morning.)
3. Less Risk Of Deficiencies
Breakfast is an opportunity for your body to receive nutrients essential to the functioning of your body – unlike those who skip breakfast that is more likely to be deficient.
4. It Prevents Nibbling
If you start the day empty stomach, you will probably feel a sharp drop in energy quite quickly, which will cause you to nibble on snacks not always very balanced (pastries, biscuits, cereal bars) often stuffed with sugars and fats – nothing good for your organization.
5. It Prevents Gaining Weight
Some claim that skipping breakfast would make them lose weight. Think again! Many studies have been done on the subject, and the findings are astonishing: people who do not eat in the morning have much more difficulty controlling their weight. The study by The American Journal of Epidemiology shows that people who skip breakfast are more affected by overweight or obesity.
These results could be explained by the fact that, having not satisfied their morning hunger, these people would be more likely to snack and consume snacks with high sugar content and fat to compensate.
6. It Stimulates Metabolism
It turns out that eating breakfast in the morning would stimulate the body’s metabolism: giving the signal to burn calories instead of storing them, avoiding among other things fat storage and massive weight gain.
7. It Helps To Eat Healthier
Eating breakfast also allows you to eat healthier by introducing meals at regular times.
Caution: Eating a regular breakfast does not mean that our eating habits are healthy. And yes, drinking coffee and eating a croissant are not enough!
Here Are The Essential Recipes For A Balanced Breakfast:
• A protein ( eggs, protein shake, protein bar)
• A fruit or a fruit juice: they give you your daily needs of vitamin C and sugar
• A carb ( fruits, oatmeal, toast)
• A fat ( nuts, avocado, peanut butter)
• It is quite possible to incorporate other products containing fat and/or sugar such as butter, spreads, honey or jams. Butter will help to meet some of your vitamins A needs.
However, they must be consumed in reasonable proportions.
Indeed, Breakfast, like all meals of the day, must be healthy and properly composed. It should contain the right proportions of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Above all, it is the basis of a healthy lifestyle, because by starting the day in a healthy way, you will want to continue your day on the same tempo.
Here is a sample of one of my breakfasts:
-4 eggs p:24g c:0g f:20g
-1 cup oatmeal with one scoop chocolate whey p:37g c:58g f:7g
-1 serving natural peanut butter p:5g c:3g f:8g
Total macros p:66g c:61g f:35g or 823 total calories