We have all had those mornings where we’re running late, so we decide to skip breakfast. What most people don’t know, is just how important and beneficial breakfast is. There are endless benefits to eating a healthy and nutritious meal in the morning that are well worth the extra time.
1. Weight Control
There have been multiple studies that have suggested that people who eat breakfast regularly have less fluctuations in their weight and weigh less than people who skip breakfast. There are many reasons for this, but one of the most prevalent theories is that people who skip breakfast tend to overeat later in the day to compensate for their missed meal. They also experience more hunger throughout the day, which leads to increased snacking. Eating breakfast is also linked with other healthy habits, such as exercising and making healthy food choices.
2. Food helps you feel more awake and energized
In the most basic sense, food is fuel for your body. If your body doesn’t have the fuel it needs, it will not work as well as it would with the energy it would receive from food. Without food, your body and mind will be sluggish and you will feel tired. So, do your body a favor and give it the energy it needs to perform best!
3. Breakfast improves memory
Our memory and retention skills are often tested in classes and through exams. There has been research that has suggested that students who eat breakfast perform better on tests that they take in the morning. When you eat breakfast your concentration and focus also improves because you aren’t focused on the hunger pangs you feel in your stomach.
Healthy Breakfast Options
- Scrambled eggs and fruit
- Overnight oats with fruit
- Yogurt parfait
- Protein bar
- High-fiber cereal with low-fat milk
- English Muffin with nut butter
As you can see, there are many healthy and delicious breakfast options available and many of them can be taken on-the-go. Eating breakfast every morning is a great healthy decision to make a habit out of, and the benefits you will receive from it will last a life time.
Written by a member of the Student Wellness Advocacy Team
Revised by Christy Prust
Schaeffer, J (2011). Rise and dine a breakdown of breakfast’s benefits with expert’s best meal suggestions. Today’s Dietitian, 13(9), p. 44. Retrieved from: https://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/090111p44.shtml
Rush University Medical Center, (2017). The Science behind breakfast. Health & wellness. Retrieved from: https://www.rush.edu/health-wellness/discover-health/why-you-should-eat-breakfast