‘Half of the time when I wake in the mornings I am so rushed that breakfast is the last thing on my mind.’
‘If I am trying to lose weight, surely eating less is better than eating more’
‘I don’t usually get hungry until mid-day anyway, and my health seems to be pretty intact, so is breakfast really that much of a big deal?’
Do any of these excuses sound familiar to you?
These are all stories we tell ourselves, while avoiding having to sit down for 15 minutes to eat some breakfast. Although those excuses above may sound plausible in theory, eating breakfast is actually quite important.
While you sleep, your body releases glucose, a substance is stored in your muscle tissues and liver to keep your blood sugar levels stable, so essentially your body is continuously working without any sustenance for the duration of your sleep. Glucose is your main energy source; it fuels your brain and your body, so replenishing these stores after ‘fasting’ for 12 hours is important to supply your body with the energy it needs to function properly throughout the day and fight fatigue.
Even though yes, you would be able to make it to the next meal without eating anything, topping up your body first thing in the morning is essential to maintaining your vitamin and mineral levels in a healthy range. It is important that we provide our bodies with the vitamins and minerals in needs to ensure proper growth and maintenance, bone strength, and a healthy immune system. Those who regularly eat breakfast are more likely to meet their daily nutrient requirements than those who don’t; those who eat breakfast also generally tend to eat less fat throughout the day, which helps maintain a healthy weight range.
You also get a large portion of your body’s nutrients in breakfast, the cereal we eat is generally rich in fibre, if its fruits we have they are packed with minerals and eggs are an amazing source of protein, and shake is a good blend of everything.
So before you decide that getting those 15 extra minutes of sleep is more important than having some breakfast, remember that is it quite an important meal.
Breakfast helps to kick starts your day, control weight, replenishes any nutrients that have been lost throughout the night and can help you perform better during the day.
Become the face of fitness you’ve always wanted and remember to eat your breakfast.
Fitness professional, studied health and fitness for a large portion of my life , even completed my degree in Sports Science. I am currently based in Barbados and just wanted a platform to be able to share and involve anyone who is interested in health and fitness and might not know where to go or how to begin.