How important, if at all, is breakfast to an overall healthful diet? They say it's the most important meal of the day...is it?
I think breakfast is the start of a healthy diet if not the most important meal of the day. The body's liver will store enough energy to last approximately 4 hours, so if we get at least 8 hours sleep a night (and we should, esp. if we're creative writers), we will be pretty much running on empty when we get up in the morning. My grandfather who only lived to be 92, would always tell us kids; "you can't learn on any empty stomach", so he always advocated we should have a good breakfast before going to school. For a man who only went to the 2nd grade he was pretty savvy. Every morning he would have two poached eggs on toast along with some ham or bacon and a side of some type of fruit. That shoots down the cholesterol theory. He died from pneumonia, not clogged arteries. But he also was very active, ate three meals a day at approximately the same time each day and an evening snack of milk and either graham crackers or milk crackers before going to bed. I'm sure some of it was genetic tho. I wouldn't advocate two eggs every morning but they do have egg beaters and turkey bacon these days. >:) However I would have to disagree with a statement by sikashimmer that "America's obesity problem is we're starving". I think the problem is spelled, McDonalds, et al. Too many "fat burgers" and "fat fries"! I guess I grew up in the fat free era, no fast food restaurants, hardly ever did I eat a hamburger and I never had a pizza until after I finished High School and four years in the Navy. The last year I served in the Navy I had the best chow of the entire four year tour of duty. Steak and eggs 3 times a week for breakfast and we could even tell them how we wanted them done-- I almost considered re-enlisting. Almost. >:)
one in five of us skip breakfast every morning, according to a 2003 study, and we probably think we're doing something healthy—less food, less fat, right?
But in truth, people who skip breakfast are 450% more likely to be overweight or obese. They are training their bodies to store fat, the way you do if you skip meals regularly.
We're also training our bodies to store the most dangerous fat— abdominal fat. This fat isn't a static cluster of useless tissue. It's a living, growing mass, practically an organism all its own—one that builds, divides, and excretes toxins back into our systems, that draws blood flow and nutrients away from the rest of our bodies, that alters the distribution of hormones in our bloodstreams, that presses on our organs and hampers their function.
Studies show that men and women who have high levels of abdominal fat—as opposed to those who have fat more evenly distributed— are at greater risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and even some forms of cancer.
The shocking truth about America's obesity problem is that we're fat because we're starving. The best way to make yourself fat is to let yourself get hungry. And we live in a nation of people who are hungry all of the time.
Breakfast is extremely important for a healthy diet. By not eating breakfast in the morning your slowing down your metabolism which will make it harder to lose weight and it will break food down slower as well. This can make you actually gain weight. When you eat breakfast your keeping your metabolism going and it actually gets your body ready to take on the activities of the day. It also helps to energize your body as well as your brain and keep you from not staying focused during the day. Hope this helps!
It gives you a energy and you wake up, otherwise you are tired without noticing it untill lunch. Good luck!