You know the old adage: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But is it really?
There’s this idea that eating breakfast, even if you don’t feel hungry at the time, will help you better control your portion sizes for the rest of the day. After all, large gaps between meals would encourage ravenous hunger at the next meal, right? Not only that, but people have claimed that eating a healthy breakfast will fuel your body with the nutrients and energy you need to take on the day. After all, breakfast, as a whole, is America’s favorite food genre, securing 34% of votes on average.
There have also been strong correlations between people at a healthy weight regularly eating breakfast compared to their heavier counterparts. But this claim has been up for debate for a while.
In a 2018 article by BBC, a more recent study showed that participants who simply changed their morning routine were more likely to experience weight loss. The groups were split into two: those who usually eat breakfast and those who don’t. The first group was told to forgo breakfast while the latter was told to eat breakfast, basically flipping their normal morning routines on their head. Both groups ate the same number of calories each day as a control. The result? Both groups lost weight simply because of the change-up in their routine.
Could there be something more to fitter people eating breakfast? Dr. Alexandra Johnstone, a dietary professor at the University of Aberdeen, thinks so.
“There are a lot of studies on the relationship between breakfast eating and possible health outcomes, but this may be because those who eat breakfast choose to habitually have health-enhancing behaviors such as not smoking and regular exercise,” she explains.
In simpler terms, those who skip breakfast might not have the regular healthy routines that breakfast-eaters usually do. People who eat breakfast might be more cognizant of their health and their daily routine.
Even if the metaphor is a little on the nose, most doctors say to trust your gut. If you’re hungry in the morning then eat breakfast! If you’re not going to get hungry until later then there’s no harm in waiting until you’re ready to eat.
The key, however, is still fueling your body with healthy foods. If regular breakfast eaters are going to placate their appetite with sugary cereals or heavy, greasy bacon, then they won’t be doing their body any good.
Here are some of the best ways to encourage healthy eating at home:
Rid your home of unhealthy foods: Unhealthy foods are delicious, there’s no doubt about that. But all those sugars and fats will weigh you down and make you more tired throughout the day. Start the day with healthy granola or a breakfast of eggs and toast. Just be careful around the stove if you’re not used to cooking on it. After all, you’ll need a certification to service any natural gas appliances.
Spruce up your kitchen: When was the last time you actually enjoyed spending time in your kitchen? If you find that you’re relying too heavily on fast food, it might be time to change your kitchen’s look. Remodeling projects can be a great source of encouragement to spend more time in the kitchen. In fact, Americans invested almost $400 billion in home improvement projects in 2018 alone.
Eat more protein: Some studies have shown that eating more protein in the morning can reduce cravings throughout the rest of the day. Start your day with some lean chicken, healthy egg whites, or some nuts to get your metabolism pumping.
Eating healthy looks different for everyone. If you don’t eat breakfast, that doesn’t mean that you are destined for a life of weight struggles. Rely on these tips when you want to eat better, whether that includes breakfast or not.