Thursday, September 8, 2011

Weight-Loss Wednesday Week VIII: Eat Breakfast

Are you eating your breakfast? The old adage that "Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day" is truer than most people believe. Studies have shown a link between obesity and those who skip breakfast.

Why? When your body goes several hours without eating it goes into what is known as starvation mode, where it slows down your metabolism to conserve energy. After a full night's sleep (you are getting a full night's sleep, right?), breakfast prevents your body into going into starvation mode so you burn more calories throughout the day.

Starvation mode not only slows your metabolism, it often causes overeating in future meals and increases your cravings for unhealthy foods. In other words, you burn less yet consume more calories throughout your day, which ultimately leads to an unhealthy lifestyle and obesity.

While eating breakfast, make sure it is healthy and filled with proteins and fiber so you stay comfortably full until your next meal. Breakfast is a great opportunity to get closer to your daily fruit and vegetable eating goals.

Weight management is not the only benefit to eating breakfast, it also makes your day better. Eating breakfast can reduce fatigue, increase cognitive ability, and encourage a good mood.