Some people consider breakfast their favorite and most important meal of the day. They just love their cereals, banana pancakes, eggs or Greek yogurt with honey in the morning. Others prefer to skip breakfast. The myth of breakfast being the most important meal of the day exists in all shapes and sizes. Some associate skipping breakfast with gaining weight, others say you’ll limit your muscle growth or that it doesn’t matter when you skip breakfast. But what actually is the importance of breakfast?
After a good night of sleep, you’ve most likely not eaten anything for more than 10 hours. Your blood sugar level is low and your body asks for energy. Breakfast provides you this new energy in the morning and gets your digestion going again. This makes breakfast an important meal, as you’ll digest everything you eat during the day a lot better and it prevents the sense of snacking. If you start eating later during the day, your metabolism and fat burning also starts later.
But what is true about the myth that an increase in weight can be the result of breakfast skipping? Research has been done widely to the relationship between regular eating and obesity, the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes. It is suspected that the time we eat, how often we eat and how often we skip meals can have an impact on our health. Skipping breakfast can also be related to other unhealthy habits, such as a lot of snacking, smoking and drinking alcohol. It is therefore difficult to determine whether there is a link between obesity, illness and not having breakfast.
Of course it’s said breakfast is a good start of the day. Whether you have a fast breakfast on your way out, or you’re taking time to sit down, have a coffee and a sandwich. Skipping breakfast does not necessarily have to be unhealthy. Several studies have shown that the first meal of the day has little effect on snacks or on the total intake of calories. As long as you don’t make bad choices due to severe hunger around 10:00 or 11:00 AM. Just remember that your calorie and macronutrient intake over the whole day is many, many times more important than the timing of your meals.