While most people would never leave the house without washing their face and brushing their teeth, they often have no problem skipping breakfast even though it’s just as crucial. There is truth to what your mom said. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.
Eating a good breakfast gives you the fuel your body and mind need to get going. Those who consistently eat breakfast are more likely to have a mental edge over those who don’t. They also tend to be more focused, better able to concentrate, and have more energy and alertness.
Those who skip breakfast are reportedly moodier and more sluggish, which probably makes them pretty unpleasant to be around. By nourishing your body first thing in the a.m., you will most likely stay fuller throughout the day.
With hunger pangs at bay and food in your stomach, you should be better able to make healthy choices and keep up the good work. It may seem that by cutting out breakfast, you would be saving calories and therefore more prone to losing weight, but it actually can have the opposite effect.
While it's true that you have to cut calories or burn calories to lose weight, depriving your body of important nutrients first thing in the morning can be counterproductive. As the day goes on, you will probably end up snacking more or overeating at other meals as you will be playing catch-up. This often results in eating more than if you had just had a healthy breakfast when you first woke up.
Eliminating breakfast can mess with your metabolism as well. The more time you delay eating, the slower your body will start to burn calories and expend energy. By not feeding your body within an hour or so of waking, in many ways you’re hitting your body’s snooze button and it will take longer for it to get to work.
If you incorporate breakfast each and every day, your body will respond. A hearty breakfast will supply you with the fuel and nutrients you need, and that's the best kind of wake-up call.