Is Breakfast Really the Most Important Meal of the Day?

Woman Eating Breakfast

A number of gurus and experts have been proclaiming for years that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. They say it jump-starts the metabolism and state that studies show people who eat breakfast are less likely to be obese than those who skip breakfast.  

The truth is the breakfast is not really the most important meal of the day; however, it is important that you do not skip it. It is a known fact that blood sugar levels start to take a dip about three hours after you finish a meal and your body is completely finished the digestive process about four hours after a meal. This means that a gap of five or more hours between meals will leave you famished and thus likely to indulge in an unhealthy snack. Because there is a very long gap between dinner and the next morning, your body desperately needs a healthy breakfast in order to avoid the temptation to eat fattening, unhealthy snacks throughout the morning.

Generally speaking, dietitians recommend eating five to six small meals a day as opposed to eating three large meals a day. Breakfast should be the first of these small meals and you will want to grab a bite to eat as soon as you are able to. Great healthy breakfast options include oatmeal (steel cut oats are particularly ideal), fruit, Greek yogurt and whole wheat bread.

People who eat breakfast are often more health-conscious than those who opt to skip this important meal. Breakfast may not be the most important meal of the day but it is very important nonetheless and anyone who wants to lose weight should make the effort to eat a simple yet healthy breakfast first thing in the morning.




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