Why Breakfast Is an Important Feeding Time?

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Breakfast has often been touted as the most important meal of the day, and while it is important that people eat breakfast, each meal is important. In this eat-your-breakfast blog, we talk about why breakfast is important for losing weight, gaining health, and for powering your day.

Why Breakfast?

The answer is in the word breakfast — "Break" and "Fast". By eating first thing in the morning, you are breaking your fast. Fasting is a period without eating and each morning you wake up from a long period of time where you slept and did not eat. For most of us, that is about a ten-hour span of time, thus the word fast. So what happens while we sleep? Basically, every system in our body slows down and the energy requirements for our body drop significantly. In short, we coast along of the energy from our last meal or from stored energy reserves such as fat.

When we wake up, we are typically hungry because as our body wakes all of those systems come on line and start screaming for energy. Eating a balanced breakfast helps to literally fuel your morning. A glass of orange juice provides natural sugars that are a fast acting source of energy. A bowl of cereal helps to provide a slow energy source that powers us through much of our morning. So eating breakfast is important because it helps keep our body in energy.

We need to eat breakfast in the morning because from breakfast to lunch we use that time to burn off calories. If you are looking to lose weight, don't skip meals. When you do, your body goes into starvation mode and you will overeat or make really poor food choices. When you don't eat, your brain tells your stomach to find "energy." In the modern world, that usually means junk food. Eat those potato chips. Eat that candy bar, eat that white bread. All of those foods provide very fast, but short-term energy. Your body needs energy, but short-term energy is a sink. In two hours, you are hungry again because your body needs more energy. This is really where the argument about good carbs versus bad carbs come into play.

Good Carbs vs. Bad Carbs

"Bad carbs" is a dieting term, but they have a health connotation too. Bad carbs are short-term energy with little nutritional value. They are simply energy and they have a place, but not usually in the diet of a person who is trying to lose weight. "Good carbs" provide both short- and long-term energy. They help you burn fat because you are not constantly looking for energy. Your body stays out of starvation mode and it burns fat to supplement the energy from good carbs. The trick is to stay out of starvation mode. You do that by eating healthy foods at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

To learn more about how our body stores fat, burns fat, and how meals play an important role in gaining health and losing weight, just stop by the Metabolic Research Center. We make weight loss taste good. In fact, we have an entire library of easy to cook meals that work for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert. In addition, we offer support from people just like you who wanted to lose weight and succeeded. We are a community of people who seek to find a healthier way to eat so that we enjoy a healthy lifestyle while we lose weight naturally.


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