Top Ten Reasons to Eat Breakfast

The reasons for eating breakfast far outweigh the time saved walking out the door on an empty stomach. My recent after adding this simple habit got me curious about the benefits of eating breakfast.

Breakfast is simply ‘breaking the fast’. We have not eaten since evening and expect our body to be fueled and blood sugar to be replenished for the day without food is unrealistic. Think of your stomach like the gas tank of your car. You put gas in the tank of you car so that it runs, why wouldn’t you do this for your body? Think of it as a ‘jump start’.

In Canada alone, forty per cent of Canadians do not eat breakfast and an alarming one half of them are women. The inconvenience and minutes it takes to make breakfast is outweighing its benefits!

Top Ten Reasons to Eat Breakfast

eat breakfast
1 A better attention span, focus and better productivity at work, school or at home. More strength and endurance. Studies on those who work at labor type jobs have shown that those who do not eat breakfast are unable to work as hard until lunchtime and studies on children reveal that they are unable to complete school work.

2Maintaining a healthy weight. People who skip breakfast are shown to choose less nutritious and convenience foods to curb their ravenous appetite. Poor eating habits lead to eating throughout the evening and calories are stored the evening hours as the metabolism slows down. Calories stored equals fat.

3Setting an example for your children and helping them develop healthy eating habits at an early age that they can carry on throughout their lifetime. If they see you eat breakfast, they are more likely to as well.

4Essential nutrients. Many of us do not meet the essential nutrients such as vitamins and minerals needed daily. i.e., calcium, iron, fiber and Vitamin B1. Skipping breakfast guarantees we will not get these essential nutrients.

5Eating breakfast can reverse the effects of fasting: irritability and fatigue. That tone can last up to 16 hours. We’ve all had our crabby moments. I know I have! Why not enjoy your meal and focus on what’s important instead of using that energy to rip into someone?

6Lower cholesterol, which reduces the risk of heart disease. Research has shown that people who eat breakfast consume less dietary cholesterol then do people who don’t eat breakfast.

7 Eating a healthy breakfast has been linked to better learning ability and memory functions.

8Increase your metabolic rate. People who skip breakfast have a metabolic rate four to five percent below normal, which may lead to an expected weight gain of eight pounds per year (one pound every seven weeks).

9Eating breakfast can have long term effects and prevent Obesity, High Blood Pressure and Diabetes.

10Breakfast foods are delicious! Avoid the processed, fatty foods. Skip the breakfast sandwiches and you will prevent yourself from consuming 560 calories and a whopping 32 grams of fat! Folks, that’s not even including a coffee and a hash brown that teams up with the heart stopper. Ultimately, you will be able to restrict the calories you are consuming so why not eat something healthy and nutritious? Bob’s Hot Cereal, Fruit, Eggs or a Smoothie?

Believe me, you’ll taste the difference and your body will thank you! Make the right choice.

12 Comments

  1. I absolutely agree.Breakfast IS definitely the most important meal of the day.Unforetunately, with the modern lifestyle time is one commodity no one seems to have enough of.Its amazing how often i see people eating on the move, or even in their cars.I think getting up 10 to 15 minutes earlier would be worth your health and ultimately your life don’t you think?

  2. yes, and unfortunately as well, people resort to the microwave rather than whole foods. That is whole other issue

  3. Great post. You never want to go more than 12 hours without eating. That includes time spent sleeping. Eating a breakfast with protein and fiber will get your metabolism going and decrease the amount of calories you’ll eat the rest of the day.

  4. Thank you so much! This helped me with my persuasive speech on being pro-breakfast! :)

  5. Sarah: You’re welcome! I always make sure to have something in my stomach when I’m out in the door in the morning.. even though it might not be traditional breakfast like cereal

  6. Thank you. Maybe It’ll good for my health : )

  7. Hey Rob,

    I really like the posts you wrote about healthy smoothies, especially with greens, flax seeds, etc included. I’d be pleased to have you join Procter & Gamble’s blogger outreach program on these and related topics. If you’d be interested, please contact me.

    Thanks!
    Amanda

  8. thank you! Would I be able to put on some weight if I start having my breakfast from now on regularly?!

  9. Mustafa Sekander June 6, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    hello every body i wanna share something with all the people who read this .
    breakfast is really important meal no one should miss it if you wanna be healthy in your life wake up early morning before washing your teeth drink 2 cup of water and start the exercise for a while, after 45:00 minute please eat breakfast just do it for 2 or 3 days then you will see the change in your body, office, school and in your behavior be the best .

  10. Hey! Great tip(s)!!

  11. Cone Nueve Once June 22, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I used to believe all of this and ate breakfast every single morning.
    You could label me as a breakfast fanatic.
    Now I can only agree with number 10: Breakfast is delicious.
    I have been skipping breakfast for months now and I can say my attention span is better, I’m maintining a healthy weight, I still get all my essential nutrients and my trainings have improved big time.
    I have so much energy in the morning it’s amazing. I use morning time to detox, give my liver a break, train, burn fat, drink a lot of water and just be productive overall.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>