Don't Skip It! | The Importance of Eating Breakfast
Contributed by @Enis_Lab
"Breakfast like a King, lunch like a Prince and Dinner like a Pauper."
This probably one of the most common health quotes I've ever come across. It is assumed that these are the necessary guidelines of eating portions throughout the day; breakfast being your biggest meal and dinner being the smallest!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day but why ?
Breaking The Fast
Breakfast is the meal that "breaks the fast" you have at night whilst asleep. Eating within two hours of waking helps boost your metabolism. As well as boosting your metabolism, eating first thing in the morning helps regulate your body's blood sugar all throughout the day, as you do not get as hungry. As long as you are awake, your body will need fuel to function.
Skipping breakfast can be detrimental as it effects the way your body functions. You tend to be more sluggish, not as attentive and highly fatigued. Those that skip breakfast are more prone to having mood swings and are very irritable. In addition to this, you crave foods high in refined sugars and fat to compensate for the meal missed (not great if you aim to lose weight or tone up).
The only time skipping breakfast is considered acceptable is when doing Intermittent Fasting. Intermittent Fasting is when you skip breakfast; and only eat a lunch and dinner within an 8 hour (typically) window and do not consume any food until the following afternoon. This has been said to an effective way to lose fat; as it is not a diet, it's a patterned way of eating. However, it takes a lot of discipline to execute.
Another reason why skipping breakfast would be deemed acceptable is when you do fasted cardio. Fasted cardio is where you do cardio on an empty stomach; but compensating after a session with a big meal is necessary otherwise it defeats the purpose of it. Fasted cardio is great for targeting stubborn fat!
What Is The Ideal Breakfast?
The most ideal breakfast should be one where you are not restricted of nutrients; containing complex carbs, protein and healthy fats. Just like any meal, breakfast needs to be balanced; but does not have to be boring! Simple meals are just as effective! Some great breakfast options include avocado on toast, protein pancakes and good old oats topped with some berries and nuts!