I’m always amazed when I hear that people don’t eat breakfast.
I do realize that for a lot of folks, time is an issue. But there are a lot of good reasons to get that first meal of the day in sometime before 8:00, if you can manage it:
- It’s a matter of fuel. You wouldn’t go out to your car (if you have one) or other vehicle and try to run it without gas, would you? Or drive out when that annoying little yellow light was on for a long drive? Starting your day without breakfast is essentially that. Breakfast can help you jumpstart your metabolism (although the medical community isn’t united about that, but they rarely are, so no surprise).
- No munchies (or fewer). It helps you avoid the 10:30 a.m. vending machine blues. If you’re not eating that first meal, at some point your blood sugar is going to fall, you’re going to get very hungry and you’re likely to find the first source of food — even if it’s not what you really ought to eat (can I get a witness?)
- Keeping the rules. Okay, there really aren’t any rules, formally, about eating, although the way the “food police” act you’d never know it. But the best approach to eating is to eat less as the day goes on. It’s the old “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper” thing. You probably don’t have to go that far, but it’s a fact that people used to eat along those lines. We tend to reverse the process, and you can see the results in the waistlines of the Western World.
The bottom line is that breakfast, when it’s more than a cup of coffee and also when it’s not a large stack of pancakes swimming in maple syrup, can be and usually is a good thing, especially when you’re trying to lose weight. But more about that as the month goes on.
Good health to you!