Skipping breakfast might seem like a really great way to spare yourself some calories, and maybe even save a little time in the morning. For most of us, it’s one of the most hectic parts of our day, and just getting out the door can seem like an unmanageable task.
However, there’s a reason breakfast has a long-standing reputation for being the most important meal of the day: it’s the meal that gives your body (and your brain) the energy it needs to start the day.
Making sure to start the day with a healthy, well-balanced breakfast is especially crucial for people with diabetes, as it can help ensure you don’t overeat later in the day. Because there’s generally at least 8 hours between breakfast and the previous night’s dinner, not squeezing in a meal first thing can signal to your body that it’s time to go into fasting mode. By lunchtime your body is totally confused– asking itself if it’s going to have to wait that long to eat again.
So what does it do? It begins to store fat, just to be safe. But the thing is, you’re not actually fasting. So, the logic that one less meal would naturally lead to weight loss doesn’t necessarily hold up.
While it might seem like breakfast is one of your morning tasks that can be put off for a few hours, it’s actually one of the best things you can do to prepare for your day. Making just a little extra time to ensure you get the fuel you need can make a huge difference in your long-term health, as well as provide the energy boost you need to get through the morning.
If you find that making the time is what’s hanging you up, consider meal prepping the night before, or even over the weekend before. Try cutting up fresh veggies so you have something to quickly toss into some scrambled eggs. Or consider making a large batch of oatmeal to be reheated throughout the week.
However, if it’s more a matter of getting bored by your current breakfast options, take a look at the video below for 5 awesome breakfast ideas that are sure to motivate you to get your day started on the right foot!