Breakfast = Weight Loss
Medical research confirms that the simple act of eating breakfast every day is a key to losing weight— lots of weight. Breakfast skippers increase their bodies' insulin response, which increases fat storage and weight gain and the risk of obesity and diabetes. And because breakfast skippers get ravenous by mid-morning, they replace calories all day with binge snacking, lunches and dinners.
Eating breakfast is proven to be a key habit of successful weight losers, as studies show that breakfast eaters eat fewer overall calories each day and exercise more regularly. Four in five people who have maintained a 30-pound (or more) weight loss or at least a year report eating breakfast every single day, according to the National Weight Control Registry.
Make Smart Breakfast Choices
- High-fiber foods like fruits, whole grains and healthy cereals are very smart breakfast choices.
- Skip the fat-filled breakfast sandwiches and high-sugar cereals and pastries.
- High-fiber foods (which have lower "energy density") fill you up, so you get to eat far more food, while consuming fewer calories.
- A Harvard study found that people who eat whole-grain cereal every day were 20% less likely to die from cardiovascular disease than those who didn't.
A Nielsen Survey showed that women who ate whole-grain cereal on a regular basis weighed about nine pounds less than those who rarely/never did; and a study of girls ages 9-19 found that regular cereal eaters had fewer weight problems than infrequent cereal eaters, who were 13% more likely to be overweight.
Boosts Energy & Mental Focus
A healthy breakfast jumpstarts your metabolism and replenishes the glycogen stores that supply your muscles with instant energy, and eating a healthy breakfast is associated with increased physical activity, less fatigue during the day and a mental advantage.
Cognitive studies, particularly on children, show that breakfast skippers lose focus and concentration, as well as the ability to think and problem solve.