Thursday, February 3, 2011
The Importance of Breakfast
Your breakfast meal has a tremendous effect on how your body starts up in the morning and sets the tone for the remainder of the day. Eating a big (healthy) breakfast will actually help you lose weight, as contradictory as that sounds. So how does it help you lose weight? Let's take a look at some facts about the benefits of a proper breakfast.
Breakfast provides your body the much needed energy in the morning. When you wake up, your body is deleted of energy, since you have not eaten anything in the past 8-12 hours. It needs the energy to recharge itself.
Having proper energy levels will help improve your efficiency at work, as it will raise your alertness levels, concentration, and the ability to focus. It will also enhance your mood level, making you less irritable.
If you skip your morning meal, you will feel hungry later on during the day, and will be more likely to binge or make poorer choices on food, as you are feeling hungry and tired. A proper breakfast will keep you feeling fuller, making you eat less later on.
Increased energy levels mean you have more energy for physical activity. You will feel more inclined to go to the gym since you do not feel as tired.
One last reason why breakfast will help you lose weight is that when you wake up, your metabolic rate and blood sugar levels are low. A slow metabolic rate means that your body is burning calories slower. Providing your body the energy to kick-start your body will also kick-start your metabolism, speeding up the process of breaking down fat.
Contrary to what many people think, a good healthy breakfast can actually help you lose weight, not to mention provide your body with vital nutrition. Take the time to eat breakfast every morning, it will help you in more ways than you can imagine.