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Breakfast- The Most Important Meal of the Day?

Breakfast is the meal that breaks people’s fasting from the prior night, thus the name.  It is often called by nutritional experts as the most important meal of the day.  Skipping it is said to have a direct relation to certain acquired diseases and increased weight.

Skipping Meals

Proposition:  The less people eat, the more they lose weight.  So it follows that when people skip meals, the faster they lose weight.  Right or wrong?

If we are to believe nutrition specialists, the answer is wrong.  According to them, skipping meals, particularly breakfast, is the perfect prelude to starvation eating.  Starvation eating is the act of mindless bingeing  during the later part of the day to offset the feeling of extreme hunger for withholding consumption of food for an extended period of time.  The human body is fasting during sleep and to continue it up to lunch time goes against the natural processes of the human body.

Once uncontrollable hunger sets in, it is almost impossible to make healthy choices since the automatic reaction is to get hold of the first available food that can act on the immediate need.  Checking the quality and quantity of the food may be the least consideration at that given point in time.  In effect, skipping breakfast usually results to increased weight  because of the natural tendency of the body to recover what it feels it has been deprived of.

Breakfast and Health

There are at least three major health concerns that have been proven to be related to skipping breakfast.  These include problems in concentration, metabolism, and increased weight. Regularly skipping breakfast is believed to result to various diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.

Skipping breakfast is considered an unhealthy lifestyle practice which sets up the body for unnecessary abuse. People tend to bring this practice from childhood to adulthood.  Those who continually practice not eating breakfast face the risk of acquiring the above-mentioned diseases  as early as in their late twenties.

Breakfast and Weight

Bodies that have been forced to go on fasting far longer than waking time are not able to provide the required enzymes needed to metabolize fat thus the unexpected increase in weight in spite of skipping meals.    People who skip breakfast are the least likely to have regular exercise regimens but are more likely to munch on unhealthy food that contains much more calories than a complete breakfast.  It has also been observed that these same people tend to have bigger waist circumference in addition to having higher levels of insulin and bad cholesterol.  The increased insulin level typically results to weight gain.

Eating breakfast results to reduced hunger so that overeating is avoided during the day.  A body that feels sufficiently provided for in nourishment from the beginning of the day allows for more stabilized eating patterns as opposed to highly erratic eating habits.  Eating breakfast encourages people to adopt healthier over-all eating habits and a more active lifestyle.  This is due to the increased energy made possible by the timely refueling of the body.

Healthy Breakfast

It is not enough for people to eat breakfast. If it is to be of real value to a person’s well-being, it has to be a healthy breakfast.  Fruits, vegetable, and whole grains are the most important components of a healthy breakfast.  Emphasis is placed on high-fiber food with less fat.  Cereals are also considered healthy except for those that pack in salt, sugar, and fat.

Breakfasts are best served simple.  Complicated preparations offer an excuse to skip breakfast.  The more people make it easier for themselves to comply, the better chances there are for consistent compliance.

My Say

The connection between breakfast and weight cannot be ignored specifically in the goal of reducing or maintaining weight. When trying to lose weight, it is not sensible to just cut on food however and whenever we like for we might end up making it more difficult for our body to adopt accordingly. It is always best to get the advice of health professionals so we will not be depriving our bodies unnecessarily especially with the most important meal of the day.

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