Eating Breakfast is important

  Rugby Players – Why Eat Breakfast?

Reasons and effects.

Breakfast is not only the most important meal of the day, its also quite often the meal most neglected or skipped. Common reasons for not eating breakfast include lack of time, not feeling hungry, traditional dislike of breakfast foods, and the favourite I am dieting.

Breakfast simply means “break the fast”. The average human spends at least six (6) to twelve (12) hours each night in a fasting state. Without fuel, your metabolism or the rate your body burns calories slows. In the morning your body needs energy to rev it up into high gear for the day`s work ahead.  If you skip breakfast, you are likely to concentrate less effectively in the late morning, feel irritable, short-tempered, tired, or weak, or all of the above.

When you choose not to eat breakfast, you body stays in slow gear. In addition  people who skip breakfast often binge later in the day at other meals or eat a high-calorie snack later in the morning to catch up. Breakfast eaters tend to eat less fat during the day, have lower blood cholesterol, more strength and endurance, and better concentration and problem-solving ability.

Breakfast is especially important for children. Children who eat breakfast tend to perform better in school. Those who don`t get breakfast often have difficulty in both concentrating and problem-solving, they also tend to be late or absent  from school more often than the breakfast eaters and experience reduced muscle co-ordination.

Not hungry in the morning?  Well, what time was dinner? Did you have a late evening snack?.  A late dinner or a large bedtime snack can cause you to not feel hungry in the morning. It makes sense to eat more in the morning when there is a full day of activity ahead of you. Instead, we tend to have our largest meal in the evening when we are gearing down for sleep.

A good breakfast should provide up to 1/3 of your total calorie needs for the day. On average, we eat 400 less calories for breakfast than for dinner. If breakfast doesn`t appeal to you in the morning, try eating a lighter dinner earlier in the evening or save half your dinner for breakfast in the morning. If you still aren`t hungry in the morning, start with something small like juice or toast or have a nutritious mid-morning snack later when you are hungry.

So, you say your on a diet. Some people fear eating breakfast will make them hungrier during the day they`ll eat more. Its true that eating breakfast is likely to make you feel hungry throughout the day. Thats because your body is working correctly, you have fuelled your metabolism. Although you may feel as if you are eating all day long, in reality you are probably not. If you are listening to your hunger cues, you are most likely eating more calories throughout the day and will need fewer in the evening hours when you eat an evening meal.

Also, eating smaller meals frequently throughout the day is another way to keep your internal furnace stoked. Mini-meals or “grazing” prevents the drop in metabolism that can come when there are long periods between meals. Your bodies strategy for dealing with food deprivation is to work more efficiently and as a result it burns calories more slowly, making it harder to lose weight.

Not eating breakfast can also cause you to overeat, since the fall in blood sugar often makes you feel ravenously hungry  later. To make matters worse, since your body is in a slowed down state it will not be able to burn those extra calories very efficiently. If you feed your body healthy snacks and meals throughout the day, you are less likely to become famished and stuff yourself as soon as you begin to eat.

Since breakfast is the first and most important meal of the day, choosing the right fuel is important. The best breakfast foods are fruits, juice, lower-fat dairy products, and grain products such as breads, rice, noodles, and cereals. Go easy of breakfast foods higher in fat, and calories such as sausage, bacon, hash browns, doughnuts, croissants,  and omelettes ( its best to limit egg yolks to 3 per week).

Why not start each day with your metabolism in high gear, working to fill you with energy, build new body cells, help you to concentrate effectively and work efficiently, and burn excess fat?  In other words.



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