It’s something that’s been drummed in to most of us from a young age, NEVER SKIP BREAKFAST or BREAKFAST IS THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY.
But why is it such a problem to skip this first meal? Is this just a ploy by cereal companies to make us eat their products or is it actually sabotaging your weight loss?
*Did you know that 45% of mums skip breakfast on a regular basis?? THAT’S ALMOST HALF OF US!!!
The fact is, there is so much research backing up claims that skipping breakfast makes it harder for you to drop weight
7 reasons why you should NEVER forget or purposely skip breakfast
1. Your metabolism will suffer
Eating regularly helps keep your metabolism fired up which helps your body to burn calories. If you consider your metabolism a fire that keeps your body going, if you skip breakfast you are effectively letting that fire burn out. After fasting all night, the first meal of the day breaks this fast, and gives you energy to start your day.
2. Kiss goodbye to concentration and energy
If you’ve ever missed breakfast you’ll know that your morning seems a little harder to get through, your brain doesn’t fire up as quickly as usual. Come 9am you’ll be lethargic and feel tired even though your day has just started. Breakfast feeds your brain as well as your muscles.
3. It’s likely you’ll eat bad food
There’s a tendency to think it’s okay to have a little treat in the morning if you’ve skipped breakfast but you’ve got extra calories to consume. This is a bad habit to get into and is actually not helping your weight loss at all, especially if you’re smashing back sugary snacks with little nutritional value.
4. You’ll start to justify bad food choices
If you smash back a chocolate biscuit or piece of cake for morning tea because you’ve missed breakfast and starving, you might tell yourself there’s no point in eating healthily for the rest of the day. We’ve all done this, it’s a vicious circle, eat breakfast and it’s less likely you’ll think this way.
Need some brekky inspo? Try this DELICIOUS strawberry breakfast custard!
5. Exercise will be WAY harder to do
With exercise going hand-in-hand with a healthy diet, if you’re too tired to get active or it’s hard work you’ll give up quicker. It can be hard enough to find the motivation to exercise without the added handicap of having no energy because you didn’t eat breakfast.
6. You could become a cranky pants
If you’re someone who gets ‘hangry’ eg a person who gets angry when they are hungry, you should always make time to have something to eat in the morning. If you’re time poor just have a piece of fruit, a smoothie, a yoghurt – just eat something. Your metabolism, your kids and your colleagues will thank you for it!
7. It lowers your blood sugar levels
Not refuelling your body for a number of hours can lower your blood sugar levels so low that you could experience hypoglycaemia, a condition that occurs when the amount of sugar (or glucose) in your blood drops below 4.0mmol (this is a measurement used by medical professionals to measure the amount of glucose in the blood).
When this happens, you may experience sweating, dizziness, nausea, and shaking. Regularly eating meals will help to prevent this and maintaining good blood sugar levels is very beneficial to your weight-loss journey.
*Statistics taken from a survey of 1,950 mums in the Healthy Mummy Community.