I understand the struggle. It’s one I have every single day.
Do I want an extra 15 minutes of sleep… or should I get up and eat some breakfast?
More often than not, more people will choose to get that extra bit of sleep than drag themselves out of bed to have a bowl of cereal. A Kellogg’s survey revealed that only 33% of Americans have breakfast daily. Only 1 in 3 people? That’s crazy!
It turns out people weren’t kidding when they said that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. There are tons of benefits to eating breakfast. Don’t you want to start off your day with as much energy as this kid?
One of the most surprising findings when it comes to breakfast is that people who eat breakfast tend to weigh less than those who skip breakfast. It seems pretty counterintuitive, but the reasoning behind this makes a lot of sense. People who skip breakfast tend to be hungrier, and are more likely to eat more during lunch and dinner. So by eating breakfast, people are effectively spreading their meals out throughout the day.
It could also be that people who do eat breakfast are those who tend to live a more healthy/active lifestyle, so they would naturally tend to weigh less. Either way, eating a healthy breakfast can be an effective way to manage your weight.
Also, having a breakfast filled with some lean protein can also help you manage your eating during the day. This kind of protein helps you stay full for a longer amount of time, and any type of protein can help you build muscle when you work out. It’s a win-win scenario.
Of course, we have to be aware that not all breakfast foods are healthy. Some are downright terrible for you! Please do not wake up and eat several strips of bacon all in the name of eating breakfast. To make the most out of our first meal of the day, we have to choose the right foods. Fruits, veggies, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean protein are all healthy choices that will get your day started off right.
For more information on why eating breakfast is actually a great idea, check out this WebMD article.