The Many Benefits of Breakfast
Make it a habit:
Not only do we need regular physical activity to energize our body and mind, but we need healthful, nutritious food too. It is essential to eat a good breakfast to provide glucose for your brain, protein to re-build muscle and a little healthy and essential fat. Protein can also cause greater feelings of fullness, which may decrease food cravings later in the day. Several studies suggest that those who eat breakfast are more likely to lose weight and keep it off!
What should I eat?
If you’re not a “breakfast person”, try to find something just to fuel the start of your day. A low-fat yogurt with fruit, one egg with a piece of whole-grain toast, or a bagel with peanut butter is an awesome start. Don’t have time for that? Go for whole-grain or bran cereal with low-fat milk, or grab a healthy breakfast bar on your way out the door!
Here are some Fast Facts:
· A 2013 Harvard University study found that women who skip breakfast have a 20% higher risk of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes than those who eat breakfast daily.
· A study from the Toronto Foundation for Student Success found that students who ate breakfast had better grades and were more likely to graduate.
· A University of Missouri study found that a protein-rich breakfast helped teens control hunger and eat less throughout the day.