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Why Is Breakfast So Important?

February 8th, 2012 Healthy Living

How many times have you heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Whether young or old, it's vital that you eat something in the morning. Not only will it help you face whatever challenges the morning and afternoon can throw at you, but missing breakfast can actually negatively affect a child's development, according to the Mayo Clinic. Still not convinced? Here are a few of the scientifically proven benefits of sitting down for a healthy and nutritious breakfast every morning.

1. Brain function. Perhaps the most important reason for eating breakfast is that it gives your brain the nutrients that are necessary to ensure it performs at peak levels through the day. Think of it this way - you've probably gone without food for 10 to 12 hours. You need to put something in your body so that you can make it until lunchtime. In fact, one study showed that children who skip breakfast are more likely to be tardy and absent from school than those who ate the meal more regularly.

2. Weight loss. Skipping breakfast may seem like a good way to facilitate weight loss, but studies have shown that obese and overweight individuals are actually more likely to miss this meal than not. When you miss breakfast, you're likely to overcompensate by eating too much at the next meal. Individuals are also more likely to try and stave off hunger by munching on high-calorie snacks before lunchtime, which can add up and lead to weight gain. As a general rule of thumb, it's better to consume your calories in several small meals than the same number in one or two large meals.