There are many reasons why people skip breakfast – they might be against the clock, they might not feel hungry when they wake up or they’ve just fallen into the pattern of forgetting.
There are many unauthorised theories and fads that find people skipping breakfast to lose weight. In reality, the NHS actually suggests that “people who eat breakfast are slimmer because they tend to eat less during the day – particularly fewer high-calorie snacks”.
Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. It helps to replenish our bodies with the vital nutrients we need after the hours we have gone without food.
Here are 5 reasons why breakfast is so important!
The next time you wake up, think about the last time you ate – it might be anything up to ten hours so why make yourself wait longer? Our bodies need energy to function, and that energy comes from food. As soon as we start eating in the morning, we kickstart our body chemistry which gets us feeling energized and ready for the day ahead.
There is a high energy breakfast for everyone! Reap the benefits of natural foods by eating fruit, nuts and chia seeds which are packed full of fibre, calcium and omega 3. Lastly, for those busy bees who need a slow release of energy to keep them going throughout the day, healthy carbs like wholegrains are sure to do the trick!
Students are encouraged to eat breakfast before an exam due to its ability to help improve short-term memory and attention. So why do adults forget this advice?
Eating a healthy breakfast can help us feel more focused by feeding our brains the essential energy to function and focus better on tasks throughout the day.
Slow-release foods and omega-3 are your friends here – try kale, nuts, spinach, tomatoes and fresh fruit for you slow-release carbs and as for that whack of omega-3, add a dusting of chia seeds, hemp seeds or flax seeds.
Breakfast doesn’t only impact our physical health, but also our mental health! The foods we eat are intrinsically linked to our mood. Consuming a healthy breakfast provides our bodies with the essential vitamins needed to get going and also balances blood sugar levels, without which makes us more irritable and subsequently more prone to negative feelings.
Those that are calorie-conscious may be inclined to follow the diet fad of skipping breakfast to lose weight, but this can have the opposite effect. If you don’t eat breakfast, you’re more likely to end up snacking throughout the morning because your energy levels cannot be sustained until lunchtime. Our hunger pangs can be a signal from our bodies that we are running low on certain nutrients which could lead to unhealthy snacking if you attempt to satisfy these cravings with high-calorie foods.
If you find yourself in a snacking mood, stay away from overly-refined snacks with added sugar and instead reach for our TREK Bars made with 100% natural ingredients that are packed with 9-10g of protein.
The most simple reason to eat breakfast is that it’s good for you! We’ve learnt that breakfast can give us an energy boost, stimulates the brain, improves our mood and prevents us snacking, but there are still many more health benefits.
Studies have shown that a healthy breakfast can lead to a healthy heart by reducing the chances of cardiovascular disease. It also helps to kick start your metabolism through protein-rich foods and a side of tea or coffee.
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