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7 Reasons to Eat Breakfast

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7 Reasons to Eat Breakfast

It often seems like there’s never enough time in the morning to prepare yourself a meal. Wouldn’t you rather be getting a few more minutes of shut eye than slave over a stove? Isn’t it better to beat the morning traffic than spend some time cutting up fruit? Many of us aren’t even hungry in the morning, or crave little more than a cup or three of coffee.

Though it may not seem like a big deal, skipping breakfast can be very detrimental to your health, your mind and your waistline. Skipping breakfast may shave off a few minutes of your day, but it could also shave off years of your life. Click through to read about the benefits of eating breakfast — hey, there’s a reason your mom called it the most important meal of the day!

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1. Shed Those Extra Pounds.

If you want to lose a few pounds, skipping breakfast is one of the worst things you can do. Though it may seem counter-intuitive at first, breakfast skippers tend to crave fattier foods and eat more than they would have during the rest of the day. Don’t skip breakfast — your gut will thank you for it!

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2. Get all Your Fruits and Veggies.

A diet heavy in fruits and vegetables is a healthy diet. And what better time to up your intake of fresh produce than breakfast time? Fruit salads, fruit and veggie smoothies, vegetables in your omelet or tofu scramble.. the options are endless!

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3. Have More Energy.

Feeling sluggish and tired after skipping breakfast? There’s good reason for that. When you wake up, your blood sugar is at its lowest point in the day. Without that vital fuel, your body isn’t in the best shape it can be. Studies have shown that eating breakfast actually makes your blood sugar and insulin levels rise more slowly throughout the day, and can thus make you less likely to “crash” from all the ups and downs your blood sugar and insulin takes.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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6:27PM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

Thanks!

5:44AM PDT on Jul 25, 2013

thankyou :)

3:20AM PDT on Jul 24, 2013

Thanks

10:47PM PDT on Jul 23, 2013

thank you for the information

10:33PM PDT on Jul 23, 2013

A good breakkie is essential for good health and it eliminates the later in the day, food binges. Usually if you forget breakkie you might have the 3 or 4pm decline or want to go to sleep b/c sometimes you eat before that ie lunch time lots of food that isnt a good choice and you stuff it into your mouth b/c by then youre starving. Balancing sugars daily is essential for good health and stopping the slump and wanting to sleep. I eat Oats, with no milk but with hot water, cinnamon and apple and LSA as well as psyllium husks.

10:38PM PDT on May 30, 2013

Even if people don't have the time, they should try to find something they can consume. Since my wife and I started drinking breakfast shakes, our energy has been through the roof and we've lost weight like crazy. Of course, if people have time, then a full sit-down breakfast might be a good thing(depending on what you eat). There are options, however, for people who are too rushed in the morning.

11:14AM PDT on May 3, 2013

and because breakfast food is YUMMY :)

7:08PM PST on Mar 2, 2013

I'll give you one reason to skip it: waking up early sucks.

9:49PM PST on Feb 7, 2013

Eating a well balanced diet helps you eat less throughout the rest of the day.

6:53PM PST on Feb 6, 2013

Thanks!

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