Well, your body prefers slow changes rather than sudden changes in terms of food and exercise. Notice we mention exercise here, diet alone will not do help reduce weight loss. It is far more important to aim for a balanced and healthy diet that can sustain your weight reduction in conjunction with an effective exercise program.
But here, we will have a quick look at the first meal of the day, and perhaps in many ways, the most important. Breakfast!
Skipping breakfast is a common strategy for people trying to lose weight. In fact, many people feel they do not have the time for breakfast and so will skip this important meal, but there are several reasons why this is not a good idea. There is plenty of truth in the old adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and here are some of the reasons.
So tell me, what are the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast?
Eating a healthy breakfast speeds up your metabolism, which means that more calories will be burnt throughout the day. In this way, eating a good healthy breakfast can actually help you to lose weight.
A good breakfast helps you to restock or refuel vital energy stores, which have been depleted overnight. Lets face it, after a good nights sleep you have been without food (and water) for several hours. You know how you would feel during the day if you was to be without food for several hours. Well a healthy breakfast is the fuel that gives us energy for the day's activities!
For many of us, perhaps due to work or a busy lifestyle, breakfast is the only meal of the day that includes vital nutrients such as calcium from milk and fiber and antioxidants from whole grains. These nutrients are important to our diets.
If you skip breakfast, you're less likely to make it through to lunch without getting hungry. Becoming hungry during the day could lead to eating snacks, snacks which are often poor value in terms of nutrition. Eating a good breakfast in the morning is a lot better for you than eating snacks before lunch.
Eating a healthy breakfast helps to improve mental performance, concentration and mood throughout the day. That's right, food for the brain!
Perhaps most importantly if you are aiming to for a balanced program of weight reduction, studies have shown that people who eat breakfast are more likely to maintain a healthy weight.