Ian Fleming, the author of the James Bond 007 books was fond of saying. “Hope makes a good breakfast. Eat plenty of it.” Beyond an esoteric plate of simple wishful thinking, there is a lot more to decent breakfast than positive enthusiasm. Nutritionists and health experts have long argued that breakfast in the most important meal of the day. Multiple research studies have confirmed that a healthy breakfast can lower a person’s risk of developing metabolic disorders, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes.
So if you are perpetually running behind in the morning and often skip breakfast as a consequence… don’t! There is a reason why breakfast has been labeled the most important meal of the day. Breakfast kick-starts your metabolism and encourages fat-burn. But if you choose to skip the morning meal, there are some serious health implication, according to medical research.
Experts have concluded that people who dodge breakfast — around one-quarter of adults — have an increased likelihood of having high cholesterol and high blood pressure and tend to be overweight or obese and tend to embrace a diet that is poor in nutrition.
“Breakfast happens to be the easiest time to get in heart-healthy fibre from whole grain cereal and oats, which can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol,” says New Yorker and registered dietitian Lisa Mosokovitz. “A person who regularly skips breakfast is probably “eating too much of the wrong kind of things at night,” she added.
Here are four facts about skipping breakfast:
#1 You’ll Get Fat.
A Journal of Epidemiology 2003 study notes that breakfast-skippers have a higher risk of obesity.
#2 You’ll Forget Things.
A 2005 study of elementary school children in the Journal Psychology and Behavior noted that elementary school kids who started their day with a breakfast of oatmeal had better short-term memory than students who did not eat breakfast.
#3 Increases your risk of type 2 diabetes
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition noted that women who regularly miss breakfast have a higher risk of type 2 diabetes versus women who eat breakfast every day.
#4 You’ll become grouchy
When you’re tired and hungry you become irritable. The Journal Psychology and Behavior’s 1999 study determined that adults who started their day with a solid breakfast had a “greater positive mood” than people who fasted in the morning.