03 Feb 2 More Benefits of Eating Breakfast Part 2
Skipping breakfast is one of many cultural changes over the past few decades that have hurt our health.
We’re all leading these crazier lifestyles. We
- run out the door
- don’t eat breakfast
- eat fast food in the car
The next thing you know, you gained 20 pounds.
Is it skipping breakfast that caused that, or is it everything combined?
I think it’s everything combined.
Eating breakfast may not solve the problem, but it’s a good place to start.
Research also supports that there are good reasons to eat breakfast. Check out these remaining 2 benefits:
#4 Good for Your Heart
Recent studies show a link between breakfast and heart health. Such as, people who skip breakfast are more likely to have atherosclerosis in the long-term. That’s when your arteries narrow and harden because of the buildup of plaque. It can lead to heart attack and stroke. These people were also more likely to have bigger waistlines, weigh more, and have higher blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Maybe that’s related to higher blood sugar, which, over time, can raise your odds for heart problems. Or maybe without breakfast you’ll have a harder time getting the recommended amount of daily fiber.
#5 Perform Better at Work or School
Regularly eating a healthy breakfast helps us pay attention, remember, and perform better. Children and teens concentrate better at school, get higher scores on tests, and are less likely to be tardy or miss school days.
Without breakfast, your body to goes into conservation mode. That’s when your body slows everything down and focus is solely on fueling the cells to keep you alive because you don’t have enough energy.
Set Yourself Up for Success
Remember, pair carbs with protein, like a bowl of whole-grain cereal with milk and fruit along with some healthy fats. Don’t have time for a meal at home? Pack a breakfast you can eat on the go, like a banana and trail mix with a some low-fat milk.
If you keep it simple and plan ahead, eating a healthy breakfast shouldn’t take much time. Chop your breakfast ingredients while you’ve got the knife and cutting board out to prep dinner. Put out bowls or the blender before you go to bed. On Sunday, make a week’s worth of hard-boiled eggs and keep them in the fridge.
You may be tempted to reach for a breakfast bar or protein drink, especially after exercise. While that’s better than nothing use them rarely. They’re not going to be as filling for the same amount of calories as you’d be getting from less-processed food.
Yet even the best plans can go astray. When you feel you have no choice but to miss breakfast, keep in mind that it’s probably not the worst thing you’ll do that day. Ultimately you can perform without breakfast, you just won’t perform well!