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Of the three daily meals, people seem to have the most trouble with eating breakfast. The excuses are: “I’m not hungry when I get up,” or “I’m trying to lose weight,” or “I don’t have time.” And yet, many nutrition experts say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Here are some reasons why, from Toni Toledo, M.P.H., registered dietitian with Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) HMR Weight Management Program.
“It’s not called ‘break-fast’ for nothing. In most cases your body has been fasting for 10 to 12 hours. A good meal at the start of your day keeps you strong and gives you more endurance into the late morning."
Breakfast will help you manage your weight. “You won’t save calories by skipping breakfast. You’ll usually end up binging on more calories later. With a good breakfast, you get your body’s motor revved up – and you actually end up burning more calories throughout the day.”
Studies show people who eat breakfast are also more likely to maintain a healthy weight. But many individuals complain breakfast food isn’t appealing. “This doesn’t have to be so,” counters Toledo. “There are an infinite number choices for breakfast.”
Try some of these ideas: