There are lots of reasons to eat breakfast every day. Two good reasons are:
1) to decrease your risk of becoming overweight or obese
2) to decrease your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes (also known as insulin resistant diabetes).
We know that the number of people who are overweight or obese and/or have type 2 diabetes is going up at an alarming rate. Without a doubt you know someone who fits into this group. Maybe that someone is the person you see in the mirror! Oh NO!!
In a study done through Baylor College of Medicine, over 5000 adults, ages 20 to 39, were followed for 7 years. Those who ate breakfast (76% of subjects) were less likely to:
- be overweight or obese
- have abdominal obesity
- have elevated insulin (insulin resistance)
- have high blood pressure
- have unhealthy cholesterol levels
than those who routinely skipped breakfast. And this included even those who simply ate ready to eat cereal for breakfast.
In another study, researchers found that skipping breakfast on even one day increased insulin resistance by almost 40% compared to those who ate breakfast. Insulin resistance is directly related to increased risk of fat accumulation and type 2 diabetes.
If you are a breakfast skipper, stop it! Yes, schedules are hectic and crazy, but get something healthy in your stomach early in your day (within an hour or 2 of getting up). Even a “to-go” breakfast bar is so much better than no breakfast. You’ll be amazed at how creative you can be when you are committed to doing simple smart things to keep you healthy.
At the end of the day (and the beginning of the day), one good, sensible strategy that will likely make a big difference in your long term health is simple –
Don’t make a habit of skipping breakfast!