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Breaking the fast with breakfast

You might hate to admit it, but your mom and grandmother were right – breakfast IS the most important meal of the day.

Breakfast literally breaks the overnight fast, the period of time during sleep when your body is not receiving any nourishment through eating. If your body continues in that fasting state, it will compensate for the lack of energy by slowing down your metabolism as a protective mechanism. A slower metabolism means calories are not burned as quickly or efficiently. Eating breakfast jump starts your metabolism.

Studies have shown that individuals who eat breakfast tend to weigh less than individuals who skip breakfast. Breakfast skippers tend to overeat at other meals. So, aside from jump starting your metabolism, breakfast keeps hunger at bay and helps individuals make better food choices throughout the rest of the day. As a matter of fact, 80 percent of people who have lost weight and successfully maintained their weight loss are breakfast eaters, according to data from the National Weight Control Registry.

The benefits of breakfast extend past the weight issue. Studies have shown that breakfast eaters have better blood glucose control and that it also improves diet quality. Research shows that breakfast skippers are less likely to meet recommended levels for important nutrients like folic acid, calcium, etc. Continue Reading »

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