Did you skip breakfast this morning? If so, you’re not alone. Between 10-30 percent of people head out the door in the morning with a “low tank of gas” in their body because they haven’t eaten. This habit gets worse with age and is more prevalent in females.
At a recent healthy cooking demo presented by Baylor’s Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center, dietitian Whitney Hight explained why eating that first meal of the day is so important for your health and shared three great reasons why you should jump start your breakfast routine.
1. Helping the mind
Breakfast may make you have better cognitive function and focus. Research shows that individuals who eat breakfast have greater attention spans, improved concentration, and perform better on spatial and cognitive tests.
On the contrary, breakfast skippers are more likely to get stomach pains and headaches caused by hunger, which could make learning and test-taking challenging.
2. Helping the body
Breakfast eaters are healthier. They are more likely to meet the nutritional recommendations for their age groups, especially for vitamins A, C, Riboflavin, calcium, zinc, iron, and fiber.
Breakfast skippers have higher cholesterol levels, which can increase their risk for heart disease. They also tend to snack more on high-fat, low nutrition foods and are more likely to overeat at lunch because of excessive hunger.
This is possibly why breakfast skippers are more prone to be overweight then breakfast eaters. According to the National Weight Control Registry, 78 percent of people who lose weight and keep it off eat breakfast every day.
3. Making breakfast part of your routine
A healthy breakfast should include foods from a variety of food groups, such as whole grains, fruit, and dairy, to ensure that you get a good mix of both nutrients and fiber. If eating breakfast is new to you, give your body a couple of weeks to get adjusted.
The key to fitting in a healthy breakfast is to plan ahead. So think twice before passing on breakfast tomorrow morning and take steps to stay healthy, active and fit.