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When one feels sluggish and tired one tends to work less physically and in turn burns fewer calories. Also when the body is deprived of food for a long while cravings begin especially sugar cravings. This is when we feel like snacking on a chocolate bar or a big fat muffin or cakes etc. This effectively increases the calorie consumption. In summary a slow metabolism tired body burning lesser calories and high calorie/fat snacks effectively contribute to weight gain and not weight loss. We all keep hearing about the numerous health problems that can come with being overweight especially risk of heart diseases and skipping breakfast can potentially lead to being overweight. 2. Lowered cognition - studies have said to have shown that children who have breakfast fare better in problem solving than children who skip breakfast.
The fact is skipping breakfast makes you fatter! Yet over 40% of us assume it will help as lose weight. We think we are saving on calories but too often we replace these calories throughout the day by nibbling and binging. We are more likely to make unhealthier food choices when we are hungry and our blood sugar levels are low explains Clinical Nutritionist Katherine Zeratsky. Prolonged fasting which occurs when we skip breakfast can increase your body s insulin response which in turn increases fat storage and weight gain. In fact skipping breakfast increases you risk of obesity. On-going studies from The National Weight Control Registry show that 78% of people who eat breakfast everyday has maintained their weight loss for more than a year. If we don t eat breakfast our engines don t switch on to burn any fuel so our metabolic rate stays asleep which means it won t be burning calories throughout the day explains fitness professional and nutrition consultant Laura Church.
Many of us say we would prefer to sit down and enjoy a leisurely breakfast. But our lives have become so full and hectic that skipping breakfast often seems a necessity. And many of us reason that having several extra pounds we wish to lose skipping breakfast will do us good. In Keri Gans book The Small Change Diet she gives several examples of the excuses her patients have given her in 10 years of private practice as a licensed dietitian for not eating even a quick breakfast. There are many reasons we give ourselves for skipping breakfast in our hurried lives. But I agree with Keri Gans when she states that those people including myself that hit the snooze alarm even once have time for a quick breakfast. And those of us that dawdle around in the bathroom getting ready for work have time for a quick breakfast. If you spend more time then you need on your morning bathroom break contemplating your day you have time for a quick breakfast. It isn t a matter of finding 5 min. for breakfast it s a matter of taking 5 min. breakfast.