“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.” But, do you practice it. An early morning, late for a meeting, woke up late, are all recipes of, missing the most important meal of the day.
Why Is Breakfast Important?
Skipping breakfast helps the weight loss program, think again- it doesn’t. Due to, the lack of breakfast we end up binging on anything and everything and have a heavy lunch to tame the hunger.
Breakfast basically means breaking the fast that the body has been in overnight. If you, skip breakfast you, haven’t actually broken the fast and running on empty, like using a car without petrol. It will take you nowhere. Having an empty stomach, causes the acidity in the body to rise along with heartburn, mood swings and other medical complications.
Breakfast should be ideally consumed within two hours of waking and a healthy breakfast should cater to at least 20%-35% of your daily calorie intake.
Besides, giving us energy, breakfast provides us with all the important nutrients, such as calcium, proteins, iron, vitamins and fiber. The body requires these vital nutrients to perform well through the day. It is very unlikely that the body may not be able to get these vital nutrients from the meals consumed in the rest the day. Therefore, beginning the day right is very essential. A nutritious breakfast should include the five mainstays of nutrition- carbohydrates, proteins, fat, vitamins, fiber and minerals.
Poha, Upma, corn flakes, all bran, and bread are good sources of carbohydrates whereas, sprouts, milk, whey and eggs are very good source of protein. Fruits and vegetables are an excellent source of the daily requirement of vitamins and minerals. Adding, lean protein to your breakfast is the best to keep yourself full until lunch. Due to the full feeling, we refrain from binging on unnecessary food items containing trans fats- bad fats. Even though, all food contains some kind of fat, omega 3 fat is good for the body.
Breakfast is very good for the waistline too. Having a healthy breakfast which combines all the requirements of the daily intake can help reduce weight. Depriving your body of the goodness of breakfast by taking time each morning to eat and fuel will take you a long way. Over time it helps control heart disease, blood pressure and diabetes.
So fuel up and keep the waistline in check as well.