Thursday, February 24, 2011

Eating Breakfast Benefits

While skipping breakfast may seem like a good idea when in a hurry, studies show the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast are worth taking a few minutes to eat. There are many benefits of breakfast, including:

Boosts metabolism: Skipping meals causes the metabolism to become sluggish, but eating speeds the metabolism up because the body is burning calories when its digesting food. Breakfast is the first opportunity of the day to fuel the body and get the metabolism running.

Increases Energy: Studies indicate that those who eat breakfast have higher energy levels than those who skip breakfast.

The morning meal usually breaks a fast that has lasted from 8 to 12 hours. Since your last meal or snack, your body’s supply of blood sugar (glucose) has dropped to a low point. The body needs food to produce the glucose that is necessary to keep you going. Without breakfast, some people become less able to do physical work in the late morning hours and some students do not perform well in the classroom. Individuals who consume ready-to-eat cereal regularly for breakfast tend to have lower blood cholesterol levels than individuals who skip or have other foods for breakfast.

Many people routinely skip breakfast and lunch due either to time constraints or to a misguided weight-control strategy. Society and weight loss programs have taught us to believe that snacking is bad and should be avoided. Stop listening to others, and listen to YOUR body instead.

Studies show that eating a healthy breakfast (as opposed to the kind containing doughnuts) can help give you:

* A more nutritionally complete diet, higher in nutrients, vitamins and minerals
* Improved concentration and performance in the classroom or the boardroom
* More strength and endurance to engage in physical activity
* Lower cholesterol levels

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