Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Skip Breakfast

Yes, is the resounding answer to the question, “Do I really need to eat breakfast?” from medical professionals and nutritionists around the world. It is after all, the most important meal of the day. But have you ever wondered why?

Well, here are 10 very convincing reasons why you shouldn’t skip breakfast tomorrow morning or ever again…

Break the Fast

The word “breakfast” literally means breaking the fast. In other words, it literally kick starts your metabolism, muscles, and mind after an 8 or more hour period of food deprivation.

Don’t Be a Gloomy Gus

Skipping breakfast will put a black cloud over any day. Instead of being a grouch, eat breakfast to encourage a positive mood for the day ahead.

Improve Mental Performance

Medical research shows that children who skip breakfast are more apathetic, disinterested, and irritable compared to breakfast noshers.

The Second Meal Effect

Eating breakfast sets your body up to better metabolize lunch. This biochemical shift, called the “second meal effect” results in better blood sugar control, which means less temptation to snack mid-day.

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Stay Full, Longer

A breakfast that features lean protein—like eggs or Greek yogurt— and complex carbohydrates will keep you satiated until lunchtime.

Eat First Thing and Weigh Less

Medical research shows that those who eat breakfast tend to weigh less vs. those who skip morning meals.  Why? Because when you skip a meal; you’re more likely to binge come lunchtime.

Set the Tone

Starting the day with a nutritious breakfast puts you on the right track for healthy eating and healthy behaviors all day long.

Fuel for Energy

Eating a breakfast rich in fiber and carbohydrates will keep you fueled and alert throughout the day.

Better Cholesterol

Researchers from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition linked eating a healthy breakfast improved cholesterol levels and insulin sensitivity vs. non-breakfast consumers.

Be a Role Model

If you’re a parent, eating breakfast sets a healthy example for your kids.

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Julie Ching, MS, RDN, CDE

Julie Ching, MS, RDN, CDE

Julie Ching is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator in Los Angeles. She decided to become a Dietitian after traveling through Europe, South America, and Asia and discovered a passion for food. She now works with people of all ages and varying disease states to improve their health. She is passionate about teaching people about nutrition so they can live their best life while still considering their cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.