The Truth About Skipping Breakfast

By on July 27, 2015
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Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day but far too many people choose to skip their first meal. The reason for skipping ranges from having to rush to work to trying to lose weight.

If weight is one of the reasons you skip your morning meal, you are harming your health and hindering your weight loss potential. Here is the truth about skipping breakfast.

Getting in the habit of skipping breakfast will negatively impact your health. One major risk factor is diabetes. Depriving yourself of a morning meal may increase your risk of diabetes. When you do not eat for an extended period of time, blood sugar levels rise rapidly once you do eat.

This is called a hyper insulin response. When the body experiences such fluctuations in glucose levels over an extended period of time you are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes but eating a healthy breakfast every day will maintain optimal blood sugar levels.

In addition to increasing your risk of type 2 diabetes another potential health risk is heart disease. Research shows that the chance of developing heart disease increases by 27% if you skip breakfast on a regular basis. The reason for this is directly linked to weight.

When you do not eat breakfast you are going to feel like you’re starving later on. This overwhelming hunger will often cause you to overeat during your other meals and encourage you to snack more than you should. Not only will you overeat but the chance that you select something healthy is slim. When the body is deprived of food for a long period of time it usually craves sweets or something salty.

Most go for convenience, which is often in the form of a donut, bagel, potato chips or another option with little to no nutrition value. Falling into such habits will cause you to gain weight over time and being overweight puts you at a higher risk of heart disease.

Eating breakfast on a consistent basis will however, do a lot of good, especially with weight loss. A hearty and healthy breakfast like a spinach omelet, chia pudding or oatmeal will help you drop the pounds. Starting your day with a healthy meal will keep hunger away for hours and increase your physical activity level.

It is suggested that you eat your largest meal in the A.M. Falling into this habit will help you consume less calories throughout the day. Due to the increase in energy breakfast provides, you will also be more likely to exercise. Nutritious meals, reduced caloric intake and physical activity are the three weight loss essentials.