Are you a Breakfast-Skipper?

We’ve all heard the saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  But how many of us listen?

On days when there seems to be not a second to spare in getting yourself and your kids out the door in the morning, it’s tempting to try to cut corners to lessen the number of items on the to-do list.  And while most people realize that children shouldn’t be shorted a good breakfast, many adults skip it regularly.  But the reality is that denying yourself that morning meal could be taking its toll in more ways than one.

Despite the logic that eating less will help you lose weight, studies show that people who eat breakfast are usually thinner and fitter than people who skip it.  In fact, skipping breakfast is strongly linked to the development of obesity.  There are lots of theories behind this one – one is that people who skip breakfast are hungrier by midday (duh) and are more likely to eat a lot, and to eat badly.  Breakfast skippers also tend to be more likely to be late-night eaters, and late-night eating results in stored glycogen, and unless that glycogen is burned as fuel, it’s stored as fat.  Not good.

Regularly skipping breakfast has also been linked to fatigue.  Not so shocking when you think about it – if you go a solid 18 hours without eating, your body and your brain get tired.  Fatigue can make you cranky, impatient, headachey, and, as described by my mother, result in you acting “like a space cadet.”

There have been lots of studies done concerning school-aged kids and breakfast, especially adolescents.  Correlations have been documented between eating breakfast and better academic performance, better mood, increased cognitive function and better memory skills.  And I don’t know about you, but I think being in a better mood with a better brain is not something we should stop shooting for once we graduate high school.

Convinced yet?  Here’s a whole slew of breakfasty eCoupons so you can get started planning your start to tomorrow’s fitter, less tired, sharper-minded day:

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 Sources: WebMD, Nutrition.About.com, Clinical Correlations blog.

Photo credits: photostock (boy with bowl), nazreth (tired man), hvaldez1 (crossword puzzle), luigi diamanti (waist being measured).

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