Why You Shouldn't Skip Breakfast
Breaking News: Breakfast Is Good For You And Delicious!
A keto friendly breakfast is the best way to start your day!
31 million U.S. consumers skip breakfast each day, reports NPD, a leading marketing research company. That’s a big deal! Breakfast is good for your overall being, affecting everything from mood and focus to the likelihood of gaining weight or developing heart disease. Nonetheless, a lot of people skip breakfast, which begs the question: is your lifestyle worth it if it compromises your quality of life?
Sure, that’s a question that presupposes access to food and the time to eat it, but those are also the sort of basic necessities that you need to prioritize. And it won’t suffice to just grab something when you’re already out the door because, according to a study conducted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, restaurant meals can be as bad for your waistline as fast food is. So eat some boiled eggs! They’re affordable and are one of the keto friendly foods that can help reduce anxiety (as are probiotic foods and avocados).
If you’re still not convinced that breakfast is an important meal, that might be because you skipped breakfast and you’re really angry about it right now. In that case, this article is for you! This article is also for you if you’re curious about the benefits you’re incurring from the smart eating decisions you’re already making. But do not read this if you intend to use breakfast facts to shame people for not eating breakfast. If that’s you, then I want to ask: why you gotta be so rude? Don’t you know people who skip breakfast are human too? I want those people to eat breakfast anyway (eat breakfast anyway)! As a punishment, you now have that awful song stuck in your head (my apologies to everyone else who’s also looking up Rude by Magic on Spotify right now).
Breakfast is good for your health.
Over a period of 16 years, Harvard studied 26,902 American men aged 45 to 82 and discovered that breakfast skippers were at a higher risk of developing coronary heart disease than men who had a consistent history of eating in the morning. In the case of this study, the risk was caused by fluctuating blood sugar levels, which can be entirely bypassed if one follows the ketogenic diet because ketone bodies rather than glucose become one’s primary source of energy. Also, good on Harvard for keeping in touch with so many men! It’s hard enough for me to keep in touch with five men that I’ve known for over 16 years, and we’re best friends who share a terrible secret!
Elsewhere, a study by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that breakfast was associated with a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes in women, and a study by the American Journal of Epidemiology discovered that those who skip breakfast were more likely to become obese due to too much snacking, which is an even bigger problem if you work at one of those offices that has candy out all the time. WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO US WITH ALL THOSE MILKY WAY BARS?! THEY’RE NOT FUN SIZED IF I EAT TWELVE IN A ROW! And as reported by MedicalXpress, the idea that skipping breakfast was associated with poor diets was also echoed in Circulation, the American Heart Association’s research journal.
Breakfast is good for your memory, focus, and concentration.
Some people forget to eat breakfast, which is too bad because a study put out by the Journal of Adolescent Health found that adolescents aged 13 to 20 who had breakfast saw immediate improvements in their short-term memory. That means that eating breakfast will help you remember to eat breakfast! It’s a breakfast ouroboros: a snake eating its own tail... for breakfast.
According to a study published in Indian Pediatrics published in October of 2008, that snake’s going to enjoy generally improved cognitive function. That means better concentration, focus, and academic achievement if it eats breakfast. That’s why a good breakfast is the most important meal of the day for snakes. Of course, Indian Pediatrics studied children rather than snakes, but the two aren’t that different. I once saw a toddler unhinge its jaw, swallow a wildebeest whole, and then slowly digest it over the course of several weeks. That’s why they call it the “terrible twos”! IT GAVE ME NIGHTMARES!
Breakfast gives you energy!
Two-thousand zero zero breakfast’s over oops outta time! In 1999, the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition reported that a breakfast high in fiber and low in carbs will make you feel energized for the rest of the day. That means that once breakfast’s over things are only getting started, and that’s especially the case if you’re on keto. That’s because when you’re running on ketone bodies your energy levels are more consistent because your primary source of energy is your own fat as opposed to external sources. And if you’re on keto you’re also not going to experience the crashes associated with high carbohydrate diets.
Eating breakfast improves your mood.
Everyone knows what it means to be hangry: it’s the anger you feel when you haven’t eaten in a while. It’s a phenomena that’s been confirmed in studies such as one performed in 1999 by the Journal of Physiology and Behavior, which found that volunteers who ate breakfast before participating in the tests that constituted the study were less irritable. More specifically, your morning meal reduces levels of cortisol, one of your body’s primary stress hormones.
Breakfast is nutritious.
This may sound obvious, but the less good food you eat the less nutrients your body gets. That means you can be doing long term damage by not eating a healthy breakfast because you’re literally depriving yourself of the things that make you healthy.
Luckily, doing keto entails quitting processed foods and sneaky foods with added sugar, which guarantees a nutritious breakfast. And if your breakfast is healthy you can lose weight doing keto on a 9 to 5 because it’s part of your larger plan to eat less calories throughout the day and burn more fat on keto. Weight loss can be that easy!
And if you were counting on frosted flakes or fresh fruit to be your source of sweetness for the day, don’t worry, you can learn how to eat sweets on the keto diet. You can also eat pancakes, bagels, biscuits, and even cake for breakfast so long as you make them out of almond flour. MIND BLOWN! Take the red pill and see how far the keto friendly almond flour recipes go.