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Breaking down breakfast

<p>We uncover why breakfast is the most important meal of the day!</p>
| Sep 26, 2009
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Breakfast is, for many reasons, the most important meal of your day. Think about it—your body hasn’t taken anything the entire time you’re asleep. How the hell do you rise and shine when you’re low in vitamins, minterals, and brain fuel like vital glucose levels? That’s why most of the time, you’re feeling sluggish until you smell the coffee and have had your first taste of bacon.

Still, a lot of people treat breakfast with little respect. Some say they don’t have enough time in the morning. Some think skipping breakfast is a way to reduce weight. Some others think it’s just a meal you can skip through onto lunch.

That is where they’re wrong. In a study which appeared in the medical Journal of Pediatrics in 2008, researchers were able to test the effect proper breakfast had on an adolescent’s mental performance and mood. The results were not a surprise: Those who had breakfast were reported to be more alert, focused and more upbeat than those who didn’t.

If you've been skipping breakfast to lose weight, heads up, buddy. Breakfast actually plays a very important role in weight management. Eating the right food in the morning gets the stomach furnace up and running early, ensuring efficient metabolism throughout the day. Likewise, a good breakfast makes you feel satisfied, thus helping you limit binge eating later on in the day. So the next time you think of skipping breakfast to reduce caloric intake, think again. You might be doing more bad than good.

Like high-octane gasoline for your car, filling up your body with the proper kind of food during breakfast gives you a powerful jolt. Good food means you function in tip-top condition. Here now is what you need to know about what comprises a good breakfast.

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