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Is Breakfast The Most Important Meal Of The Day?

I often get asked if breakfast really is the most important meal of the day?

So here is what I know..

Breakfast provides your body with energy to start the day, and breakfast is linked to many health benefits, including weight control and improved performance. Having the right breakfast foods can help you concentrate, give you strength and even help you maintain a healthy weight.

Studies show that eating a healthy breakfast can help give you:

▸ A more nutritionally complete diet, higher in nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

▸ Improved concentration, focus and performance – in children and adults.

▸ Gives you an improvement in strength and endurance to engage in physical activity.

▸ Can help to lower cholesterol levels.

▸ Help maintain a healthy weight. 

Eating breakfast is important for everyone. Recent studies have shown breakfast is especially important for children and adolescents. According to the American Dietetic Association, children who eat breakfast perform better in the classroom and on the playground, with better concentration, problem-solving skills, and eye-hand coordination.

Studies also show that breakfast eaters tend to weigh less than those who skip breakfast. This could be due to the fact that eating a healthy breakfast can help reduce hunger throughout the day, reducing snacking, controlling cravings – and helping people to make better food choices with other meals.

However, it is important to remember to opt for a healthy breakfast containing protein and/or whole grains and not foods loaded with fat , sugar and calories. Make lean protein part of your breakfast. 

Protein helps to control your hunger and keeps you fuller for longer. A traditional breakfast of eggs may be one of the best ways to get your morning protein. While eggs are not always associated with weight loss, they contain some of the highest quality protein. Some great vegetarian options are: Oatmeal, Porridge, Homemade Granola and Breakfast Grain Salad.

Therefore, it can be said that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Start your day by eating something nutritional and healthy and kick-start your body and mind in the right way!

Thanks for reading!

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Dal Dhaliwal is a health and wellbeing expert, educator and special advisor on physical activity. She is also an active professional speaker and TV/ radio presenter. Dal helps entrepreneurs and professionals with their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. She consults and presents for some of the UK's leading businesses and organisations within the wellness, sports and business arena.