Eating a hearty, healthy, balanced breakfast is essential to keeping fit. You know how the saying goes, “Eat Breakfast Like a King, Lunch Like a Prince, and Dinner Like a Pauper” – this quote rings true for a list of very good reasons – and here they are!
It Fuels Your Day
Starting your day without breakfast is like starting a car that’s low on fuel – it’ll sputter its way through the day siphoning what it can of the fumes of what was left. You’ll be going about your day taking energy from the last meal you ate – which has long been digested since you woke up. That means you’ll be going through those motions with low energy. Because breakfast is the first meal of the day, it is what you’ll be using during the rest of those 18 hours that you’re awake to power through activities, be it physical exercise or just taking a test. Thus, if you eat a balanced breakfast vs. not eating at all, you will be able to properly exercise with enough gusto, thus burning more calories than you would have (because you have more energy) as opposed to not wanting to exercise because you didn’t have anything to eat!
Skipping Breakfast Makes You Feel Worse
Did you know that stressing out produces cortisol, which in turn makes you easily store fat in your midsection? That same hormone also peaks during the early morning hours. Eating a balanced breakfast in the morning plunges the rate of producing those stress hormones. Because you’ve properly replenished your body’s fiber and fluid needs, you’ll feel full and content, and your blood sugar stabilizes. So, if you have a big presentation at work or a quiz to take at school, beat the stress by grabbing something healthy to eat, preferably with a good balance of carbohydrates, protein, and vitamins, so you have enough micro and macronutrients to keep your energy levels on both body and mind stable. Eating healthy means less stress, which means a fabulously trim waistline!
Your Metabolism Loves It
Having that healthy bite to eat in the morning also jump-starts your metabolism. Because eating (especially in this case, breaking that long fast from not having anything to munch on all night) causes a phenomenon in your body called thermogenesis, your body ends up burning more calories throughout the day. Thermogenesis is the term referred to production of heat, in this case within the human body. The more your body produces heat, the easier it is to burn fat.
Eat Well, But Eat Right
We may refer to breakfast as being a great metabolism booster and stress buster, but if you refer to a pint of ice cream as breakfast, then you aren’t getting that waistline you want. You’ve got to make sure that your breakfast consists of all the nutrients, carbs, and protein you need to jumpstart your day. Good examples are boiled eggs, whole wheat bread, fruits, and lots of water. Caffiene can also jumpstart your system, and blended shakes with veggies like kale are also great.