It's been drilled into our heads since we were young but did you ever really understand why?
There are actually a wide variety of reasons why breakfast is important but HOW is it the MOST IMPORTANT meal of the day?
Well, here are a few scientifically proven reasons....followed by my own "scientific" experiment.
Assuming you aren't indulging in donuts or bagels with cream cheese and bacon - no offense bacon, I still love you - daily and you set yourself up for success with a more healthful option (whole grains, steel cut oats, etc), your metabolism will get itself rolling for the day.
Having a "nutritionally complete" breakfast will keep you fuller for longer thus hunger pains will not distract you from the task/work/job at hand.
A well-balanced breakfast will help deter you away from poor snack choices later on in the day, because, going back to #2, you'll have a full belly.
If you're afraid you'll be hungry like 1-2 hours post breakfast, bring a piece of fruit or some veggies with you to munch on when the hunger strikes.
Now, while I'd say I'm pretty well versed in the breakfast and general nutrition game, I decided to put it to the test and skip breakfast for a day.
Here are my results:
9:00am - Just got to work. Not too hungry yet but I feel my stomach preparing to eat itself because I'm pretty sure I am hollow at the moment.
10:27am - OMG, I can't. A co-worker brought double chocolate chunk muffins.
DOUBLE CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS.
I reach for one in denial.
Maybe if I only eat the muffin top I won't feel as bad. SCREW IT.
[takes entire muffin to the face.]
Well that trial escalated quickly.
Eat your breakfast, people! Don't be a desperate muffin eater.
I promise you're whole day will be substantially improved by a good breakfast.
Bon a petit!