Do You Really Need to Eat Breakfast?

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There are research studies that support both sides of this argument. But, for most of us, yes you do. However, there are exceptions to the rule. Hall of Fame football player Herschel Walker has an unusual diet where he eats only one meal a day. So, how can he participate at a professional level as a star football player, MMA fighter and Olympic bobsledder? For starters, he began his one-meal-a-day lifestyle in his early teens. Walker also has a proactive lifestyle with lots of exercise (a minimum of 5,000 sit-ups and 5,000 push-ups) and a stellar diet of fresh salads and fresh soups combined with lots of water.  Probably not what you had in mind to start your day.

For the rest of us, eating a bad breakfast or skipping breakfast is a big mistake. According to the director of diabetes education at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, if you're not giving your body food after going many hours without eating, the body will create its own form of stored blood sugar that results in blood glucose reading that are too high. When your are fasting, the body slows down to conserve what's left, which is counterproductive. Whether you suffer from Type 2 diabetes or not, this is a bad way for anyone to start his or her day. Unfortunately, for a lot of those who eat breakfast, they are one of the cars in line at the local drive-thru grabbing a quick meal on their way to work or school.

It is a misconception that eating processed fast food early gives you the rest of the day to burn the calories. Bad food choices are bad food choices regardless of the time of day. The best start to anyone's day includes healthy lean proteins and good source of fiber. This provides the fuel your body needs to power things like your brain. Also, avoid an early morning sugar high and stay away from breakfast bars, large coffee drinks with whipped cream and caramel, sweetened cereals, and breakfast pastries. Since our society is the most obese in history, making healthy food choices throughout the day is one of things that can help reduce our dependency on sugar and aid in healthy weight loss.


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