You’re reading this while you eat breakfast, right?
I know you’re scrolling down this post, slurping up the last bits of your smoothie, or chewing a piece of oatmeal thoughtfully, right?
Because you eat breakfast every day, right? Right?
OK maybe I’m dreaming. Maybe the breakfast hour came and went, and you coasted into lunch with nothing but an iced coffee. So….let’s talk about why you should eat breakfast every day.
Eating breakfast is huge–crucial–when it comes to losing weight and maintaining a healthy diet. Many people think that skipping breakfast is a great way to cut calories and therefore lose weight. But what study after study has shown is that skipping this meal just sets you up to snack, nibble, and binge your way through the rest of your day. When you’re starving at 11 AM, it’s hard to make an educated, healthy lunch choice. It’s much easier to hit the drive-thru and Supersize it.
When you don’t eat breakfast, you’re fasting–for more than 14 hours sometimes–and that’s not ideal for your metabolism. Your body wants to be fueled regularly. And, sorry, coffee doesn’t count. You need to start the day with real food–food with protein, fat, fiber, and minimal sugar–to give yourself a great boost.
If you aren’t hungry when you wake up in the morning, it’s important to eat something anyway, as you train your body to get used to eating first thing. An ideal breakfast has 300-400 calories, but start small (fruit) if you have to. You can also try eating dinner earlier or skipping your bedtime snack to help you become hungrier when you wake up.
If you can, make it a ritual. Pair your breakfast with something you enjoy, like Matt Lauer on “The Today Show,” or a few minutes on a gossip blog you love. After a week, you won’t be able to start your morning without either!
If time is an issue, try grab-and-go breakfasts like a Luna bar and a mini carton of milk (like the kind that go in kids’ lunches) or a banana in a whole-wheat hotdog bun topped with nut butter. A fruit-yogurt-granola combo can easily be made the night before, as can a couple hard boiled eggs. If you hit up Starbucks on your way to work, pick up their “Perfect Oatmeal” and a tall skim latte. Making breakfast can take as little as five minutes, but it could add up to an extra five pounds lost.
If you’re still not convinced, are the photos making you hungry yet? Check out the gorgeous blog Simply Breakfast. Or, as I see it, breakfast porn. Look at these amazing pictures and try to tell me you don’t want to dive into something like this each and every morning.