WHY IT IS A MUST
By Tracy Parker
Wednesday, January 19, 2011.
Out of the traditional three meals a day, breakfast is still considered the most important. But it’s also the most frequently missed. About 15 percent of teenagers and 30 percent of adults skip breakfast.
Here's why you should join the ranks of morning munchers:
The Benefits of Breakfast
A Head Start
Breakfast is designed to “break the fast.” After 8 to 12 hours of sleep, your blood sugar (glucose) levels will be low and your brain and muscles will be running on empty. Waking up and getting started is hard to do at the best of times, but it’s even harder to keep going if you do not refuel. The body needs a meal to produce the glucose necessary to get you revved up for the day.
A balanced breakfast should provide about a quarter of your daily needs for essential nutrients. When breakfast is skipped, the missing nutrients -- particularly iron, calcium and fibre - are not made up in subsequent meals and snacks. So a regular breakfast can help ensure that you meet daily requirements and have a better nutrition profile over the rest of the day.
A Healthy Weight
Breakfast helps to regulate your appetite throughout the day. It also jumpstarts your metabolism, which slows down overnight. So missing breakfast to reduce calorie intake is definitely not the answer for weight loss. Breakfast skippers tend to eat more food at the next meal or nibble on high-calorie snacks to curb hunger. Their diets tend to be higher in overall calories and fat than those who enjoy a morning meal. Moreover, dieters who have breakfast tend to be more successful at shedding pounds.