"Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper"
by Alanur Aydemir
Mar 11, 2014 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Alanur Aydemir
Mar 11, 2014 12:00 am
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It fuels your body, sharpens the mind and kick starts the metabolism equipping you for the best start to a busy day. Research has shown numerous health benefits to starting the day with a healthy breakfast
Eating breakfast is the most important meal of the day, giving humans strength and energy needed to fuel daily activities. Breakfast is particularly important for children and adolescents. According to the American Dietetic Association, children who have a healthy breakfast, doughnuts and sugar in the form of cute creatures excluded, tend to perform better in the classroom than those who skip the meal entirely. Their level of concentration, problem solving skills, eye-hand coordination, strength and endurance is heightened.
Countless studies on both adults and children have shown that those who eat breakfast tend to weigh less than those who skip it. One theory suggests that eating a healthy breakfast can reduce hunger throughout the day and help people make better food choices during other meals. The idea that one can lose weight by saving calories through skipping breakfast is not an effective or sustainable strategy. Skipping breakfast may save calories in the morning, but typically hunger pangs kick in and result in overeating or binge eating throughout the day.
Another theory behind the breakfast-weight control link is that by eating a healthy breakfast, one's metabolism is kick-started with the right kind of food. A healthy breakfast assists in making wise food-related choices throughout the day, especially when watching calories is paired with exercise. Those who skip breakfast become more vulnerable to cravings and cave into unhealthy sugary snacks. Acknowledging the body's need for nutrition is vital to the wellbeing of a healthy mind and body. It is worth noting that most studies linking breakfast to weight control and loss emphasize a healthy breakfast contain protein and whole grains.
Skipping breakfast also tampers with mood. When one is hungry, one tends be more irritable and moody, making it difficult to work with others and focus on the task at hand.
Incorporating protein into breakfast may provide the boost needed to prolong satiety. According to Wayne Campbell from Purdue University, "Protein blunts your hunger the most and is the most satiating." Protein may be added by having a traditional serving of eggs in the morning. While eggs are not always associated with weight loss, they contain some of the highest- quality protein. Eating two eggs in the morning is equivalent to a bagel when it comes to protein, but not calories, sugar and carbohydrates.
To maintain a healthy life that is balanced with the right kind of food and exercise, timing and pre-planning is crucial. When it comes to breakfast, it is better to eat something than nothing at all. If you are a breakfast skipper, I invite you to a week-long challenge. Just one week. You are very likely to notice an improvement in the way you feel with some fuel in your system. Maybe, just maybe, you will become a breakfast believer and start the day like a king.