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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Don't Skip Your Breakfast if You Need to Stay Healthy

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By Jereme Baker


Skipping breakfast is a common strategy for losing weight, but not a smart one. Breakfast has always been said to be the most important meal of the day. Studies show that children who eat breakfast do better in school. It doesn't take much further thought to realize adults will feel better and perform better at work as well. Whether you work at home, on the farm, at the office, at school, or on the road, it is not a good idea to skip breakfast. Eating a good breakfast sets the tone for the rest of the day.



People think that if they skip breakfast, they will lose weight. But it is a myth. They gain weight at a faster rate instead because they end up eating more than in the normal course. Stay away from the sugary cereals, syrups, pastries, and white breads because they are digested quickly and will leave you hungry and tired in a couple of hours. Protein and fiber satisfy your hunger and will keep you feeling full until lunch time. If you really don't like to eat breakfast, you can split it up into two smaller meals. Eat a hard boiled egg at home, and an hour or two later, take a break from work and snack on an apple and a handful of healthy nuts like pecans or walnuts

Skipping breakfast is a common strategy for losing weight, but not a smart one. Breakfast has always been said to be the most important meal of the day. Studies show that children who eat breakfast do better in school. It doesn't take much further thought to realize adults will feel better and perform better at work as well. Whether you work at home, on the farm, at the office, at school, or on the road, it is not a good idea to skip breakfast. Eating a good breakfast sets the tone for the rest of the day.

According to the dieticians, breakfast is most essential. They say breakfast must be balanced and should include nutrients like calcium (milk or milk products), proteins and fiber (sprouts or cereal), and some amount of antioxidants (apples, strawberries, banana, oranges, etc) and vitamins. Several investigations have suggested that omission of breakfast contributes to dietary inadequacies in children. Often called 'brain food', breakfast needs to be wholesome and it should essentially contain all the vital nutrients that the body craves for.

No matter how busy you are, make sure to have your breakfast daily, for a study says that skipping the morning meal too often could put you at risk of developing heart disease. Researchers at the University of Tasmania have found that leaving the house on an empty stomach leads to obesity, larger fat stores around the stomach and higher cholesterol levels -all major risk factors for heart disease.




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