5 Reasons You Should Never Skip Breakfast

By Adam Hart | PowerOfFood.com

Do you feel like your best friend in the morning is the snooze button on your alarm clock? I used to feel that way too! Sometimes I’d push that thing half a dozen times, right up until the very moment I had to get out of bed to make it to work on time. That often meant a quick stop at Tim Hortons for a muffin or my other favourite back in the day, a McDonalds sausage egg McMuffin, 2 hash browns and of course, a coffee. And if I was really short on time, I would forget about breakfast all together.

Who needs breakfast anyway. You can always grab something on your coffee break, right?

Well hold on a second there. I need to fill you in on a little secret. Yes, my overweight, highly caffeinated, pre-diabetic past is the perfect example of why breakfast is actually something we need to pay closer attention to if we want to live a long and healthy life.

I’ve since learned that out of all my bad habits, skipping breakfast was one of my worst. Research is increasingly showing that missing the most important meal of the day leads to a whole host of serious health problems! This week, I want to share a few of them with you.

1. Breakfast Helps Control Your Weight

A long term study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people in the habit of skipping breakfast in both childhood and adulthood had a larger waist circumference, higher insulin levels and higher levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol than breakfast eaters. In plain English, that means skipping breakfast screws up your metabolism big time, resulting in weight gain.

2. Skipping Breakfast Increases the Risk of Heart Disease

The Harvard School of Public Health recently published a study that found men aged 45 to 82 who regularly skip breakfast increase their risk of heart attack or death from coronary heart disease by a whopping 27 percent! The large study controlled for the impact of smoking, exercise, diet, and many other factors and the deadly effects of skipping breakfast persisted.

3. Skipping Breakfast Increases the Risk of Diabetes

Another study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that men who skip breakfast had a 21% higher risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. This study found that the effect of skipping breakfast persisted even after considering other factors, like body mass and the nutritional quality of the subjects’ regular diet.

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  1. 10154005416189448@facebook.com' Jane Treleaven says:

    It depends on what you eat the rest of the time. I now don’t eat breakfast but eat highly nutritious food from lunch to dinner. I feel better and have more energy than ever before. I don’t believe there is a “rule” for everyone.

  2. 1462752194034490@facebook.com' Mike Thefridge says:

    No. Take this down. Intermittent fasting ftew.

  3. 10153465639263541@facebook.com' Stewart Cruttenden says:

    So outdated. Look into intermittent fasting.

  4. 812129248933231@facebook.com' Jeffro Holzer says:

    Oats and fruit with desiccated coconut nut mix and cinnamon every morning for the last 5 years…And I feeeel fucking GREAT

  5. 10205171496632018@facebook.com' Zack Kopačka says:

    Smoothies in the morning changed my life.

  6. 812129248933231@facebook.com' Jeffro Holzer says:

    No meat or dairy either…Im going to live past 120…Laugh follow me time holds the answer ?

  7. 1054097931290865@facebook.com' Debra Moore says:

    Okay, Yogurt & a Cuip of Coffee is my norm.

  8. 10208652589099217@facebook.com' Ann Kelly says:

    Never mind tomorrow we will be told that eating breakfast is bad for us

  9. 769271513203562@facebook.com' Ksd Inspirations says:

    Thank you conscious..we need to feed ourself’s with positivity all the time..check out this article titled-Importance of self-improvement https://wp.me/p3ZPmc-85 via@KSDinspirations

  10. 904285279642113@facebook.com' Denette Hadlock says:

    I won’t read the five health problems. I have never eaten breakfast and I know I never will. Maybe some chocolate with my coffee. 47 and going strong!

  11. 929670003792581@facebook.com' Jo Lenton says:

    Alexis Lenton

  12. 10207361640792164@facebook.com' Davie Pfaffle says:

    I listen to my body, it doesn’t get hungry in the morning so why carry around my afternoon snack in my belly in the morning?

  13. 10153806358783749@facebook.com' Elaine Ruth Treleaven says:

    Have always believed that breakfast was the most important meal of the dzy.

  14. 187138061627152@facebook.com' Luke Jhon Hall says:

    Gogi berries!!

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