Breakfast is the daily meal that people have the most tendencies to skip, whether it’s for not feeling hungry, for being late at work or at school, or for having a few more minutes to sleep. But skipping this important meal can lead you to a grumpy day and, believe it or not, gain weight!
Breakfast and your metabolism
When you eat breakfast in the morning, your body receives food and tells your brain that you’re going to need to start working to digest it. This wakes up the metabolism so that your system is ready to work throughout the day. If you skip breakfast, you can actually gain weight because your body thinks that it needs to conserve the energy it has because it didn’t get any more through nutrition. Skipping breakfast therefore actually slows down your metabolism, resulting in a decrease of the amount of calories you burn throughout the day.
Breakfast and certain diseases
Many studies suggest that there is a link between not eating breakfast and obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. Experts aren’t certain why, but they think that people who skip breakfast are more likely to be hungrier later during day and eat larger meals. Those meals mean the body must process a larger amount of calories in a shorter amount of time. That can spike sugar levels in the blood and perhaps lead to clogged arteries.
Breakfast and your oral health
Eating a fast and sugary breakfast can be harmful for your teeth. Here are some tips in having a healthy breakfast for your body and for your mouth:
- Choose fresh fruits and vegetables
- Eat whole grains (oatmeal, whole wheat bread) instead of refined grains.
- Eat high fiber cereals with less preservatives and added sugar.
- Try to limit fruit juices and smoothies because they tend to have very high concentrations in sugar.
- Limit the amount of sugar you add to you coffee or tea.
- Brush and floss your teeth after breakfast, not after you wake up.