5 Reasons to Eat Breakfast

June 25, 2024

Reason #1: 

First off, let's talk about why breakfast matters for weight loss. Long-term studies show us that nearly 8 out of 10 people who lose weight and are able to maintain that weight loss SWEAR by starting their day with breakfast. On the flip side, only a tiny 4% of these success stories skip breakfast altogether.

Now, let's be real for a sec. Breakfast isn't some magic potion that'll miraculously melt away the pounds. But, it's a darn good place to start. So if you're feeling stuck in your weight loss journey, maybe it's time to rethink your morning routine.

Reason #2: 

Now, reason number two to think about having breakfast regularly is because it could lower your risk of metabolic diseases - things like heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure. Multiple studies show us that people who eat breakfast tend to have better metabolic health and a lower risk of these diseases. Wow!

Reason #3: 

Another reason I advocate for breakfast, backed by data and observed clinically, is its ability to regulate hunger.

Here's a common scenario: Many of my patients skip breakfast or opt for a quick, sugary coffee, followed by perhaps a morning snack. However, they often delay their first substantial meal until lunchtime. Come afternoon, hunger strikes hard. They find themselves reaching for snacks voraciously, and by dinner, they struggle to control their portions. This pattern repeats after dinner, leaving them feeling out of control with their eating.

For many, skipping breakfast seems to set off a chain reaction of increased hunger later in the day. Now, if this isn't ringing true for you, then there's no need to change your routine. But if you're someone who battles with afternoon and evening snacking, struggles with portion control at dinner, or finds it challenging to stick to a calorie goal, it might be because you're missing out on breakfast.

Reason #4: 

Another compelling reason to consider breakfast is its role in providing energy. Let's not forget, calories simply equate to energy.

Often, we view calories in a negative light, but in reality, we all need them—they're what fuel our bodies. When we eat breakfast, we're essentially supplying our bodies with glucose, fats, proteins, and yes, calories. It's like giving our engines the kickstart they need to power through the day.

Many people find that having breakfast improves their focus and productivity, leading to better days overall. So, if you often hit a slump at work, struggle to concentrate, or find yourself relying heavily on coffee to get through the day, maybe what you really need is some nourishment in the morning.

Reason #5: 

Reason number five to consider breakfast is its role in setting the tone for your day, akin to making your bed. Just as this simple act can provide a sense of accomplishment and intentionality, breakfast kickstarts your day with purpose.

In my experience, breakfast isn't typically where people struggle with overeating or feeling out of control. While there's no shortage of less healthy, high glycemic options in the American diet, opting for a balanced breakfast lays a solid foundation for the day ahead.

Looking for easy breakfast ideas? Here are five options that could work wonders, even if you're not a breakfast enthusiast:

  • Protein Shake: A go-to choice for many of my patients who aren't big on breakfast. It's quick, convenient, and provides a hefty dose of protein—around 20 to 30 grams—which helps keep hunger at bay and stabilizes blood sugar levels.
  • Eggs: While not everyone's cup of tea, eggs are packed with protein and healthy fats. Pair them with some fruit or whole grain toast for a balanced and satisfying breakfast that'll keep you full until lunch.
  • Homemade Muffins: If you have a bit of time to spare for meal prep, consider whipping up some homemade muffins. Opt for recipes using almond flour or protein powder for added protein and less impact on blood sugar levels. These make for a delicious and filling breakfast option.
  • Greek Yogurt: Another protein-packed choice, Greek yogurt is versatile and easy to customize. Add some granola or fruit for extra flavor and texture, or stick to plain yogurt to keep sugar levels in check.
  • Oatmeal: A classic breakfast staple, oatmeal is hearty and satisfying. While it may not be as high in protein, it's rich in fiber, keeping you full and satisfied until your next meal. For an extra protein boost, consider adding protein powder or nuts.
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