We’ve all heard the saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but how many of us can actually say that we follow this advice every day.
Many of us lead busy lives and sitting down for a nutritious breakfast can often get missed, as we opt for that extra five minutes in bed or load the washing machine before we leave the house.
Breakfast is a crucial meal for our bodies, providing the opportunity to replenish glucose levels lost overnight, which are crucial for the brain’s cognitive functions. Those who skip breakfast are also reducing their body’s daily intake of vitamins and minerals, failing to provide it with the fuel it needs to increase energy and concentration levels.
You might believe that missing a meal can help you lose weight but the opposite is actually the case, and those who eat a healthy and balanced breakfast every day tend to control their weight better.
Breakfast also benefits your mind, with children who eat breakfast performing better at school and suffering from less behavioural problems. So it’s vital to instil the benefits of breakfast at an early age.
People who regularly eat breakfast can:
“One of the most worrying trends is the number of young people, particularly girls, who are skipping breakfast in the misguided belief that it’s the way to keep their weight down. However, this only leads the body to reserve the stores it already has, reducing their metabolic rate and making it harder for them to lose weight in the long term.”
If you need some inspiration for your breakfast, why not consider what different nationalities eat in a morning. It’s often far removed from our traditional cereal and toast combination, but the more variety there is in your diet, the more likely you are to continue eating breakfast.