Breakfast: The most important meal of the day?

I think it’s safe to say that most of us have at least heard that breakfast is “the most important meal of the day.” Is it actually true though? 

Yes.  Whether you’re looking to lose weight, maintain a healthy body weight, or even just looking to have mental boost to start your day, breakfast is key.  Here’s why. 

Without including breakfast as a part of your regular routine, you may actually be prone to gaining weight.  Many research studies have shown that people who are looking to lose weight are more likely to skip the first meal of the day, with the thought that skipping calories at the start of the day will help decrease their overall caloric intake.  If that's the case, you’re really just setting yourself up to fail.  Starting the day without food will force your body to run with very low blood sugar.  This will greatly increase your desire to snack in between meals or eat larger meals, which will limit your chance of decreasing calories from day to day. 

Along with maintaining a healthy weight, breakfast is very important for improved mental focus to start your day. We all know the physical effects of hunger such as headaches or a growling stomach, but don’t forget that hunger will also effect your concentration and awareness at the start of your day, whether it's a 45-minute commute to work or that mental toughness you need for your early morning exercise routine. Remember that eating a well-rounded meal to start your day will give you the focus and energy you need to start your day off right!