Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
We know that people who eat breakfast are more likely to achieve the recommended daily intake of vitamins and minerals compared with those who skip breakfast.
One reason that skipping breakfast can affect weight is that if you miss breakfast it's highly likely you will become hungry around 10 or 11 o'clock and then be grabbing for some easy to reach foods like muffins,pies,chocolate, biscuits etc. These foods tend to be higher in fat, sugar and therefore calories which of course lead to weight gain.
Another reason that skipping breakfast can lead to weight gain is the effect that skipping meals has on your metabolism. If you don't “break the fast” then it means you have not eaten since the night before, this could be no food for up to 16hours.
In order to conserve your body weight, in this environment of not enough energy coming in, your body automatically slows down it's engine (metabolism) and reduces the energy it uses. In turn, any food you do eat is stored as fat for the next time that you don't fuel your body. So you end up with a body that burns less energy and stores more energy as fat = weight gain.
All in all skipping breakfast is a really bad idea if you want to maintain a healthy weight.
**Choose a great high fibre breakfast cereal, porridge or grainy bread, team it with fruit and/or yoghurt, make time to sit down and enjoy it and prepare your body for the day ahead!**
An Accredited Practising Dietitian can help with some great breakfast ideas on the run.
Good Luck and Enjoy your brekkie!
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