As the name breakfast suggests, breakfast is the meal which breaks your overnight fast, when you might not have eaten for at least 10 hours or so. Breakfast restores the glucose levels, the body’s main source of energy, which have depleted overnight, to boost alertness and energy alongside providing the essential nutrients required for good health, like vitamins, calcium, and fiber. Breakfast is believed to assist in weight management, reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, and lower chances of developing heart diseases.
Many people believe skipping breakfast to be a good way to reduce calories and hence, energy intake. But people who eat breakfast tend to be more alert and physically active even later in the day then people who skip breakfast. This is because breakfast fills you up even before you are not really hungry and hence, making sure that your glucose levels have not completely depleted or even diminished to such a low level that you start feeling fatigued. Also, since you are already full, breakfast prevents you from grabbing high sugar, high energy snacks which are readily available when you get extremely hungry or tired and your body needs food immediately.
This helps prevent high fluctuations in blood glucose levels as well thus, controlling your appetite. This helps with better weight management as well. With the restored glucose levels, breakfast also helps boost brain power. Without the energy source, you will feel very sluggish and have trouble maintaining focus. Nobody can deny the advantages breakfast provides however, whether it is the most important meal of the day or not is a very complex question to answer, as with all topics of nutrition. If a person manages to make up for the missed nutrition which comes with skipping breakfast, the effects of skipping breakfast may not be hazardous. However, people who eat breakfast tend to be healthier overall even if it may not be the most important meal of the day.