Remember the Farmers’ Almanac? Aside from wild-guess predictions about how hot the summer will be or how much snow is likely to fall next December, there’s always some solid and timeless advice.
Dondra Vaughn offers these nuggets of information when it comes to eating breakfast.
You already know breakfast is the most essential meal of the day. But WHY is it so important? Dondra explains:
Energy: Skipping breakfast leaves you feeling tired and lethargic. Eating a healthy meal in the morning energizes your body, allowing you to be more productive throughout the day.
Concentration: Eating breakfast not only provides energy for your body, it also fuels your brain. It has been shown that children who eat breakfast achieve higher test scores in school. Adults also benefit, performing better at work. Eating breakfast increases attention span and memory power, and enhances creativity.
Weight control: As its name implies, breakfast “breaks” the overnight “fast.” When you don’t eat for an extended period of time, your body instinctively thinks it is starving and will begin storing more fat. Eating breakfast jump starts your metabolism, allowing your body to burn more calories.
While you may think skipping breakfast will help cut your daily caloric intake, it in fact has the opposite effect. When you starve yourself early in the day, you are more likely to binge later, consuming more calories than you would have otherwise through snacking and overeating at lunch and dinner. In fact, of those who regularly skip breakfast, 45% are overweight or obese.
Feel happier: Eating breakfast boosts serotonin levels in the brain, resulting in a sense of well-being. Studies suggest breakfast eaters are less likely to suffer from anxiety, depression, and hyperactivity.
Better health: People who start the morning with a good breakfast usually make healthier food choices throughout the rest of the day and also exercise more regularly.