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Do You Eat Breakfast? January 21, 2008

Filed under: Dieting,Health Sites,Weight Loss — miss3h @ 10:29 pm

Do you eat the “most important meal of the day”? And is it honestly the most important of all 3 meals? I vaguely remember my nutrition professor saying that when you do not have calories in your body to use for energy, your body converts your own muscle tissue (protein) into energy to use. So you lose weight, but you are losing the valuable muscle that you need to burn fat. So in the long run, it is pointless! (That goes for extreme calorie cutting and skipping meals). Let’s explore more on eating breakfast…

“Dear Alice,

I would like to know the importance of breakfast. Why do we have to have breakfast?

–Breakfast Boycotter

Dear Breakfast Boycotter,

Your brain (and central nervous system) run on glucose β€” that’s the fuel you need to think, walk, talk, and carry on any and all activities. Let’s say that the last time you eat something at night is at 10 or 11 PM (not optimal, just an example). The following day, you don’t eat breakfast but wait until about noon or so to eat β€” you’ve gone thirteen or fourteen hours with nothing in your system. Your poor brain is surely deprived β€” and your body has to work extra hard to break down any stored carbohydrate or turn fat or protein into a usable form for your brain to function. That’s a lot to ask for when you’re sitting in a classroom, trying to concentrate on reading, or doing any other work. Eating breakfast has been proven (many times) to improve concentration, problem solving ability, mental performance, memory, and mood. You will certainly be at a disadvantage if your classmates have eaten breakfast and you’ve gone without. On average, they will think faster and clearer, and will have better recall than you. School or work can be tough enough without this extra added pressure.

Breakfast skippers also have a harder time fitting important nutrients into their diet. Many foods eaten at breakfast contain significant amounts of vitamins C and D, calcium, iron, and fiber.

Some people believe that skipping breakfast may help them lose weight. Not so! Skipping meals often leads to overeating later in the day. Becoming overhungry often leads to a lack of control and distorted satiety signals (meaning it’s hard to determine when you’re full). This can result in taking in more calories than if one had an appropriate breakfast. As a matter of fact, it’s easier to control one’s weight by eating smaller meals and snacks more frequently. ”

Read the rest of Alice’s answer here .

More links on Breakfast:

Newsblaze.com Article

Top Ten Reasons to Eat Breakfast

Very Low Calorie Dieting Effects…p.s. I was right πŸ™‚


7 Responses to “Do You Eat Breakfast?”

  1. shadesofpink Says:

    I skip breakfast every day during the week. When I eat breakfast before work, I want lunch sooner than when I skip breakfast. Maybe I’m a weirdo. πŸ˜›

  2. miss3h Says:

    Well, they say if that happens it is because you didn’t eat enough breakfast. Try sticking to 500-600 calorie breakfasts of healthy food, like whole grains, milk, and fruit. Also, it is good to eat as many as 6 meals a day to increase metabolism, so maybe being hungry again is a good thing. πŸ™‚

  3. shadesofpink Says:

    That could be. I had a doctor advise me to eat little mini-meals throughout the day rather than 3 large meals. I have an auto-immune thing that makes me tired (EBV) and that is why he advised it. I really do need to start being more health conscious. I do have high metabolism. That could also be why I’m always hungry! πŸ˜€

  4. Angie Says:

    I’m the same way Shades, I’m a starving lunie by noon, I try every once in a while to eat breakfast and then I go back to my bad habits.. I would really like to do the 6 a day plan, now..my problem would be keeping it nutritious and small enough.

    When stressed I am a Pass the chocolate and sometimes chips and dip, oh my! LOL! This is a good needed post 3H

  5. shadesofpink Says:

    The closest I get to breakfast is an extra sandwich that I eat when I get to work. I remembered the main reason I skip breakfast during the week is because I take Synthroid. You have to take that on an empty stomach or it won’t work effectively. I don’t really have an hour to wait between taking my pill and eating breakfast. So, I just eat when I arrive or wait for lunch. If I eat breakfast before I take my pill, I have to wait 4 hours! By then I forget to take or I’ve already eaten again and it just doesn’t get taken that day. Blah! Meds!! 😑

  6. *raises hand* I’m a breakfast eater.

    Either a Kashi go lean bar or 2 pieces of whole wheat toast w/peanut butter.

    What a fun blog! I’m gunna add you to my blogroll if you don’t mind!

    Formerly FreeFromPT.

  7. Kelsey Says:

    I used to not eat breakfast very often. When I was in high school one of my teachers told me that eating breakfast every morning would boost your metabolism and make you lose weight. I didn’t really believe her, but i tried it anyway. It worked over the past year I have lost five pounds, just by adding in another meal everyday. I am one of those people that love to eat, so this is the best diet I have ever been on.

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