I have always been the person who packed a travel mug full of coffee and heads out the door…probably even before I should have been drinking coffee in the first place.
I claimed that eating breakfast made my stomach hurt. I felt nauseous. In my case, it was never a poorly disguised excuse for dieting. I just wasn’t hungry.
Sure, my parents always told me breakfast was important. I saw the commercials claiming it was “the most important meal of the day,” but quite frankly, I didn’t care. I probably should have.
After nearly 10 years of skipping breakfast, I’ve finally changed my ways. Now, my morning meal ranges from donuts to green smoothies and full egg breakfasts. But no matter what it is that I’m eating, I do eat. Here’s why.
Skipping Breakfast Could Increase Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
A couple of recent studies published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition show some of the shocking results of skipping breakfast.
In the first study, nearly 30,000 men were followed for 16 years to test the associations between skipping breakfast, eating frequency, snacking and the risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
Compared to men who ate three times a day, the men who skipped breakfast showed a 21 percent increase in the risk of Type 2 Diabetes regardless of their BMI or diet quality.
Eating Breakfast Could Decrease Snacking Urges in Adolescent Girls
For adolescent girls, skipping breakfast is commonplace, but a new study shows that eating breakfast reduces snacking in overweight young women.
The researchers compared the effects of eating a 350-calorie cereal breakfast, a 350-calorie high protein breakfast (egg and beef), and skipping breakfast.
After taking blood samples, they found that eating breakfast of any type reduced the amount of ghrelin (a hunger-stimulating hormone) and increased the daily peptide YY (appetite-reducing hormone) found in the blood stream.
Additionally, the high protein breakfast reduced high-fat food snacking in the evening, reduces cravings, improves satiety, and results in a better diet quality.
So yes, my parents were right, I shouldn’t have been skipping breakfast all those years. Plus, once I got in the habit of eating in the morning, the nauseous feeling went away, and, honestly, I don’t really know what I was thinking. Breakfast foods are the best!
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