Want to lose weight? If so, then skipping breakfast may be one of the worst things you could do.
About 10 to 30 percent of Americans skip breakfast, but that doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Missing out on this meal may be detrimental to your health.
Research suggests that breakfast eaters are leaner than those who skip the morning meal. One study even reported that missing breakfast is associated with a fourfold increase in the risk of obesity, according to a publication by Harvard Medical School.
So we know that missing out on our morning granola can cause us to pile on the pounds, but skipping breakfast isn’t just bad for the waistline. Apparently missing out on breakfast has also been linked with a number of scary health risks like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and higher levels of bad cholesterol. Breakfast-eating benefits the brain, too: those who eat breakfast tend to be more productive and have more mental clarity. Eating in the morning also helps us feel better and puts us in a better mood.
So what time should you be eating your morning meal?
Experts have weighed in on the subject and say that eating breakfast within one or two hours of waking up is the best option. Your blood sugar levels are super low first thing in the morning, and eating can help to prevent a blood sugar crash. Since breakfast jumpstarts your metabolism and gets you up and going, waiting too long can cause you to feel zapped and lethargic... Not exactly the best way to start a day!
“If you wait until almost lunchtime to eat…your energy may be dragging and you could end up overeating during the first meal of the day,” explains Florida International University (Livestrong).
This doesn’t mean that loading up on pancakes and waffles first thing in the morning will help you lose weight, but a balanced breakfast that includes something whole grain, with healthy fats and protein can help to regulate your blood sugar levels and will get your day off to a good start.
So grab some toast – and a boiled egg! Or, eat some oatmeal topped with berries! Even cold cereal (that’s relatively low in sugar but high in whole grains) is a good option. But whatever you do, don’t delay your first meal of the day until lunchtime, or skip the food in favor of coffee – that won’t do you, or your body, any favors.