9 Reasons You Shouldn’t Skip Breakfast

9 Reasons You Shouldn’t Skip Breakfast

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It is known fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. About 18 percent of males and 13 percent of females between the ages of 35 and 54 are breakfast skippers, according to a 2011 study by the market research company NPD group.

But the evidence that suggests that breakfast is a meal not-to-be-skipped is overwhelming. Here a look at some of the research showing the possible benefits of breakfast:


Skipping breakfast may increase a woman’s diabetes risk, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Women who ate breakfast an average of zero to six times per week were at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than women who ate breakfast every day.


If you skip breakfast in the morning, you are essentially running on fumes. You need all the nutrients present in a healthy breakfast to help you perform correctly at work or school. If you don’t eat breakfast in the morning, you may have to wait up to 12 hours since your last meal before you can eat again. Your muscles need glycogen for energy and will end up being depleted if you haven’t eaten anything.

Heart Disease

Eating breakfast was associated with a lower incidence of heart disease in men between ages 45 and 82, according to a July study in the journal Circulation. The study also found that skipping breakfast was associated with hypertension, insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar levels.

Mental Performance

A 2005 Journal of the American Dietetic Association review of 47 breakfast-related studies found that eating breakfast is likely to improve cognitive function related to memory and test grades.

Improves Your Mood

A 1999 study in the Journal of Physiology and Behavior of 144 volunteers found that those who had breakfast cereal prior to the test sessions arrived in a better mood and were even calmer following the sessions than those who did not. In short, having these vital nutrients every morning can help make you more positive.

No matter what age you are, eating breakfast every morning will make you feel less restless and irritable.

You will miss proper vitamin and nutrient intake if you skip breakfast. So many people who choose to skip breakfast at the start of the day will not make up for the nutrients that they missed by skipping that meal.

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