Everyone’s heard of the well known phrase, “breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dine like a pauper,” but do we really follow it? With all of our morning responsibilities it can be tricky fitting breakfast into our schedule. Well, this popular phrase isn’t any mumbo jumbo. The word “breakfast” literally means to break the fast between dinner and the meal eaten after a person wakes up the next morning. If you think about the amount of time from dinner to breakfast that’s a lot of hours. For most people, it can be up to 12 hours since their last meal, and yet they are quick to skip it as they rush out the door.
Breakfast provides many benefits to our health and wellbeing and should be consumed within 2 hours of waking up. Here are 3 reasons why breakfast should be considered the most important meal of the day.
ENERGY BOOST Breakfast foods are good sources of important nutrients such as calcium, iron and B vitamins as well as protein and fibre. The body needs these essential nutrients to give us energy and research shows that if these are missed at breakfast, they are less likely to be compensated for later in the day.
WEIGHT CONTROL Many studies, in both adults and children, have shown that breakfast eaters tend to weigh less than breakfast skippers. This is because consuming a healthy breakfast reduces hunger throughout the day, and helps people make better food choices at other meals.
IMPROVED CONCENTRATION When you skip breakfast, it’s hard not to think about anything except food, especially with a noisy stomach that needs to be fed. By eating breakfast every morning, you are able to be more focused and productive until it’s time to refuel at lunch.