Our bodies have evolved so that we can endure fairly long periods without eating. Our ancestors often had to survive for days without food. When we don’t eat, our bodies also go into “starvation mode.” To help us survive the period of famine, it hangs on to our extra weight. Similarly, when we go to bed at night, our bodies go on a fast. To rev up our metabolism and burn fat rather than hold onto it, we must break our fast with breakfast.
That’s why those who are on a diet should definitely eat in the morning. Doing so will help them burn calories throughout the day.
Many quick, easy, and portable options are available, so you really don’t have an excuse not to eat breakfast, no matter how busy your mornings are.
Morning meals don’t have to be complicated. A piece of fruit and a handful of almonds are enough to break your nighttime fast and get your metabolism moving. Boiled eggs are also portable—and they’re high in protein. Boil them, peel them, and store them in the fridge so they’re readily available when you need breakfast on the go. Oatmeal may also be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated. In the morning, reheat it in the microwave. In less than a minute, you’ll have a hot breakfast that’s high in fiber. Add fruit, cinnamon, and nuts for even more nutritional value. Take a look at our Healthy Recipes for more ideas.
Don’t like breakfast foods? Have lunch for breakfast instead! A turkey wrap or a grilled cheese sandwich on wholegrain bread—even a salad—work just as well to break your night-long fast.
With little effort, you can make breakfast part of your morning routine. It will help you burn fuel more efficiently throughout the day. If you’re on a diet, that can promote weight loss. Even if you’re not on a diet, however, you should adopt breakfast as a healthy habit. It will give you the energy you need to meet the demands of your stressful day. Don’t forget to subscribe to our email updates (on the right), and join us on Facebook.