Breakfast is the important meal of the day because it gets you ready for the day ahead and provides your body with energy that will enable you to be productive.
Eating a good breakfast helps you not to make some unhealthy purchases on your way to work or the gym.
Being a working mom life can be hectic, between getting my daughter ready for school, work and packing lunch.
As well as squeezing in some time for breakfast can be challenging.
Here are 7 Benefits of Why is Breakfast an Important Meal of the day
1. BOOSTS YOUR METABOLISM
Breakfast helps to kick-start your metabolism in the morning. Eating a proper morning meal and smaller portions, more often. Throughout the day will help to balance your energy and enable your body to more efficiently use the kilojoules available.
Eating two large, heavy meals per day puts too much pressure on your body and will make you feel sluggish.
It will make it easier to control your kilojoule intake if you have 3 main meals and 2 snacks.
2. PROTECT YOUR HEALTH WITH ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS
Breakfast should provide between 15% – 25% of the total daily energy intake and remember – it’s not just about having any breakfast – it’s about having the right kind of breakfast.
It is also about providing your body with energy (kilojoules) and nutrition your body needs, including fibre, vitamins, and minerals.
3. HELPS CONTROL YOUR WEIGHT
Skipping or eating a breakfast that lacks nutrients can make you more likely to reach for unhealthy, high-kilojoule foods later*.
In fact, research shows that individuals who consume a good quality breakfast tend to have a better daily food pattern than those who don’t.
4. HEALTHY SKIN
We all want a healthy looking skin to achieve having beautiful skin we need to start with nourishing our bodies from within.
Drinking water and enjoying a good breakfast are two important habits which will help you obtain the needed nutrients for every organ and system in your body, and the skin is no exception.
5. POWERS YOUR BRAIN
Improved mental performance, concentration, and mood** – three more reasons to enjoy a morning meal!
Without breakfast, you may struggle to focus and are more likely to be irritable and tired.
And don’t forget to re-hydrate after a night’s sleep too.
Staying hydrated will also help you to concentrate throughout the day.
6. HELPS MAINTAIN MUSCLE
Your body can only use so much protein at one time, it’s important to space out your protein intake throughout the day.
It is important to remember that, protein is essential for developing and keeping muscle, and our body relies on the protein in our diet to help us do this.
7. LIFTS YOUR ENERGY
If you did not know Breakfast literally means to ‘break the fast’ and helps to top up the stores that your body has used overnight to repair and renew our bodies.
Vitamins and minerals contribute to the reduction of fatigue, meaning breakfast can help you avoid the mid-morning slump, which typically happens if you have skipped your first meal of the day.
At Herbalife Nutrition, they believe that a balanced approach to nutrition is not about counting kilojoules and I personally don’t like counting my kilojoules.
Nor is it about deprivation of your favourite flavours, or the elimination of food groups such as zero-carb diets.
Whatever your goals, Herbalife Nutrition wants to help us become a better version of ourselves – able to look and feel as good as you deserve.
Your recommended intake of the macronutrients, protein, fat, and carbohydrates should be consumed daily, along with micronutrients (vitamins & minerals), regular exercise and adequate hydration. Getting these nutrients from the right food and science-backed products are key to fuel your body.
*Leidy et al. (2013). Beneficial effects of a higher-protein breakfast on the appetitive, hormonal, and neural signals controlling energy intake regulation in overweight/obese, “breakfast-skipping,” late-adolescent girls. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; 97(4):677-88
** Cooper, S. B., S. Neveill, ME. (2011). Breakfast consumption and cognitive function in adolescent schoolchildren. Physiology & Behavior, 103, 431.
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This post is sponsored by the brand Herbalife Nutrition, but as usual, all opinions and experiences are my own.