People are constantly telling you to eat breakfast and reminding you of how important a healthy breakfast is to you and achieving your weight loss goals. While this advice can sometimes feel a little repetitive, don’t just cast it aside. There are actually many weight-loss and health benefits to eating a healthy breakfast each morning.
Benefit #1: Banish Hunger Pangs and Cravings
Eating breakfast is extremely important for weight control and can really help with controlling your cravings and overall hunger. When you start the day off with a hearty (but healthy!) meal, you’re less likely to feel the need to compensate by overindulging later in the day. Furthermore, studies have also shown that, for whatever reason, people who eat a healthy breakfast tend to make healthier choices throughout their day- maybe there really is something to be said for bright beginnings.
Benefit #2: Instant Happiness
If you’re a regular breakfast eater (or at least striving to be one), you’ll also be happy to know that eating breakfast has been shown to improve mood throughout the day. This is thought to happen since a healthy breakfast typically supplies a nice dose of glucose, a nutrient your body depletes as it sleeps, first thing in the morning. This can get you over the morning “grumpies” and propel you into having a great day, which will reduce your chance of eating due to stress or sadness throughout your day.
Benefit #3: Improved Alertness
Studies have shown that eating breakfast when you wake up can improve your alertness, awareness, memory, and concentration all day long. There are a lot of theories as to why these benefits occur. Some researchers believe it’s because an early-morning breakfast stabilizes your blood sugar. Others think it’s because you “wake up” while you eat breakfast, giving you time to mentally prepare for your day before you rush out the door. In truth, though, the reasoning behind it doesn’t really matter; what matters is that you’ll feel better and head into your workout and general daily routine with focus and intention, which is always a positive thing.
Benefit #4: A Healthy Dose of Fiber
Most Americans today are fiber-starved, meaning they don’t get enough fiber in their diets. Not enough fiber can lead to fatigue, making it hard to get through your exercise sessions, and leading to cravings and hunger. Eating breakfast adds in another chance to get in your fiber, especially if you’re making healthy choices. This can keep you regular, fighting off that motivation-killing bloat and water weight gain, and also improve your energy levels.
Benefit #5: Increased Metabolism
Finally and perhaps most importantly, eating breakfast gets your metabolism going from the get-go so that you can easily burn calories and fat all day long.