Top 7 Reasons to NOT Skip Breakfast and a Chance to Win $400
You’ve heard it a million times, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and you should never start your day without it.
But why is that?
How bad can it really be if you skip breakfast every day?
Well as the name says it so clearly breakfast is the meal to break your fast. What fast you ask? The one you’ve been engaged in since you ate dinner last night.
For most of us a good 12 hours go by between dinner and breakfast the following morning. And while we sleep our body is hard at work repairing damaged cells, clearing out toxins and doing whatever work is necessary to get us ready for the challenges of the next day. In the process, we burn up fuel. So logically when we get up we need to refuel.
The best fuel is a balanced breakfast with healthy carbs, lean protein, healthy fats and lots of vitamins and minerals.
Still not convinced?
Here are 10 reasons you should never skip breakfast:
Fuel is essential for energy and skipping breakfast will leave you dragging, not exactly the best way to start the day. A healthy, balanced breakfast will give you the energy you need to tackle whatever task is at hand, be it a 3 hour biology class, a two hour hike or 5 hours of research.
The proper fuel also enables you to stay focused. There’s nothing more frustrating than sitting down at your desk ready to get started with your day’s work, only to find yourself skipping from task to task, completely distracted and unable to accomplish anything. A healthy breakfast with a clear action plan will do wonders for your focus! Children who skip breakfast have a hard time focusing on tasks and tend to lag behind their breakfast eating classmates.
Morning is by nature the most productive time of day, and when you are feeling energized and have clear focus it’s amazing how much you can accomplish! Why deprive yourself of your best hours? Eat a good breakfast and see how much more you accomplish by lunch time.
Revs Up Your Metabolism
Metabolism and nutrition are fairly closely linked. What you eat, how often and when will either increase your metabolism or slow it down. Many health enthusiasts believe that skipping a meal signals to your body that you need to preserve resources. In fact, research has shown that people who regularly skip breakfast have a metabolic rate four to five percent below normal. This leads to a weight gain of about 8 pounds over the course of a year. Regular meals on the other hand keeps your metabolism at peak performance and burning calories throughout the day.
Supports a Healthy Weight
What happens if you skip breakfast and find yourself ravenous by lunch time? You’re going to devour copious amounts of all the wrong foods! Starting your day with a balanced meal sets you on a path to success. You are far more likely to make healthier food choices throughout the day when you start off on the right foot. You’ll also have fewer cravings and be satisfied with smaller portions.
Healthy Blood sugar
Eating smaller meals throughout the day is the best way to prevent spikes and dips in your blood sugar, which in turn impacts your energy, clarity, ability to focus and overall health. Healthy blood sugar levels play a keep role in avoiding or managing diabetes.
Supports your Immune System
A healthy breakfast is the best way to get a jump start on your daily intake of vitamins and minerals that keep you in optimum health. In fact, studies have shown that people who skip breakfast have a hard getting their daily minimums of vitamins and minerals. Unless those two meals you rely on are super healthy and loaded with healthy nutrient you are short changing yourself significantly without breakfast.
In case you still need a little extra incentive to commit to a healthy breakfast every day, we’ve partnered with United Healthcare to bring you a special opportunity to win a $400 Gift Card. To qualify for your chance at the grand prize or a weekly $25 gift card all you need to do is upload a picture of your healthy breakfast to their website. Upload a photo daily to WeDareYouToShare to earn even more chances to win.
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Do you eat breakfast daily? What are some of your favorite breakfast options?