Friday, May 3, 2013

Don't Skip the Good Stuff!

Today, I am a hypocrite. I am writing about what NOT to do...and I did it myself this morning..while waiting on a contractor for my office. Skipping breakfast. Sure, if you listen to what I have written in the past, less calories in= more weight off. But, in terms or breakfast, I tend to disagree with my own advice.

It is a well known fact that eating breakfast increases energy, mood and metabolism..yes, metabolism, throughout the day. But did you know that people who skip breakfast are typically heavier than people who don't? This is because people who skip breakfast are more prone to eat more food, and less healthier food at other meals. Sort of like "well, I didn't have breakfast, so I can have this cupcake with lunch" way of thinking.

There have been many studies published in relation to breakfast and weight. A study in Japan showed that those people who skipped breakfast were more likely to develop metabolic syndrome.  A study from the Dairy Research Institute found that people who skip breakfast weigh more and have more unhealthy habits than those who eat breakfast. Those who skip breakfast consume 40 percent more sweets, 55 percent more soft drinks, 45 percent fewer vegetables and 30 percent less fruit than people who eat breakfast. There has even been research showing that children (and we can assume adults) who eat breakfast have a better concentration level and do better on tests than those who do not.

Now THAT'S a healthy
The key here? A HEALTHY breakfast! My go-to breakfast is typically a protein-rich cereal like Kashi, oatmeal with bananas, or an egg-white omelet with veggies and whole-wheat toast. Around my neck of the woods, anywhere you go for breakfast offers healthy options such as egg substitutes, egg whites and whole-grain options. I'm sure your town does too. Also, remember a glass of OJ is fine, but not 3! (And yes..I'm going to say it again...replace your coffee with hot green tea!)

So, now I am off to eat. Is it too late to get breakfast still? Oh well. There is always tomorrow!


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