All through my childhood I always heard the saying from my family and friends that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. I guess it’s not something that I took too seriously, especially when I’m used to running out the door rushing to work with just a cup coffee to start my day and thats normally all I need.
I recently read an article from popsugar.com that made me rethink my morning routine:
If you’re under the impression skipping breakfast is OK if the rest of your meals are healthy-ish, you’re doing healthy living wrong. Sure, how our bodies react to skipped meals varies depending on age and overall health but it most certainly has its consequences. According to Transform Health‘s Lucy Beaumont, not breaking the fast after a night’s sleep puts unnecessary strain on the body. “Studies have shown that women who skip breakfast regularly have a 20 percent increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes,”
I then started researching more on the topic and was surprised to stumble upon even more articles that contain warnings on skipping breakfast and the effects on your body. More Facts I found on mensfitness.com are;
Your Metabolism Slows Down
There’s evidence that an early meal can stoke your metabolism and encourage your body to burn more calories throughout the day, according to the International Journal of Obesity. When you fast for too long, your body goes into protection mode, and begins to store as many calories as possible (think bears preparing for hibernation). “As a negative double whammy, when your metabolism slows, it can turn to the glucose stored in your muscles as a backup fuel source, effectively wasting away your muscles,”
Your stress hormones skyrocket
Breakfast has a positive effect on cortisol, one of the primary “stress hormones” produced by the adrenal glands, according to research from the University of Texas at Austin. Cortisol has many functions including helping the body use sugar (glucose) and fat for energy and managing stress. “Normally, cortisol levels are highest about 7 a.m., so this is when it’s important to eat something to bring them back down,” Axe says. “If cortisol levels remain elevated, you’re likely to feel anxious or jittery.”
Your heart takes a hit
Regularly skipping breakfast can make you more susceptible to weight gain and increase your risk for heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, according to a press release from the American Heart Association. In fact, a 16-year long Harvard study of nearly 27,000 men aged 45-82 years old found that those who skipped breakfast every day were 27% more likely to experience a heart attack or die as the result of coronary heart disease.