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5 Reasons To Not Skip Your Breakfast

Habitual consumption of breakfast is important to keep your physical and mental health in good shape and free of complications. Despite fad diets that may tell you otherwise, here are five reasons why you should never skip your morning meal:

1. It makes your workout more effective

Eating breakfast helps burn more carbohydrates during exercise, according to a new study from the University of Bath, England. In addition, it also aided rapid digestion of the food eaten after working out.

"This study suggests that, at least after a single bout of exercise, eating breakfast before exercise may 'prime' our body, ready for rapid storage of nutrition when we eat meals after exercise," said Rob Edinburgh, a Ph.D. student who co-led the study.

2. Short-term memory boost for children

In a study involving more than 300 adolescents, it was found a healthy-sized, high-energy breakfast could be beneficial when researchers evaluated immediate recall in short-term memory. 

One review of medical literature also found the habitual consumption of breakfast to be positively associated with academic performance in children and adolescents. Alertness and concentration power take a hit when children miss out on their morning fuel, which can affect their learning and behavior at school.

3. Skipping can be harmful to heart health

People who forgo their morning meal are more likely to have a buildup of plaques in their arteries. But experts believe the effect is an indirect one.

Skipping breakfast is linked to other harmful habits which can lead to the hardening and narrowing of arteries (known as atherosclerosis) and in turn, increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes, etc.

In a study of over 4,000 people, those who ate less than 5 percent of their daily calories at breakfast were 2.5 times more likely to experience atherosclerosis.

4. Morning meals reduce chances of fatigue

Your body uses up the energy received from dinner even as you sleep. This means the nighttime meal is definitely not enough to keep you going in the morning.

"Eating breakfast is like starting a fire in your body by kickstarting your metabolism," said Amy Goodson, a dietitian for Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine.

It is highly recommended to include protein, slowly digested carbohydrates, and vegetables or fruits with fiber for a healthful, energy-boosting breakfast.

5. Skipping can increase your stress levels 

Lately, you may have come across the word "hangry," which describes the feeling of being hungry to the point where you also become angry and irritable.

And the reason for it? Researchers at the University of California, Davis, found women who skipped breakfast had higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their system. 

Compared to those who ate breakfast, the skippers also had higher blood pressure readings. Habitually skipping morning meals combined with long-term stress could increase the risk of cardiometabolic disease in some people, the authors stated.