"Breakfast is the most important meal of the day." We've always heard it. Everyone says it. But what is the reason? Is it even true? I'm here to break it down for you. Breakfast isn't the miracle meal it was made out to be. It doesn't necessarily help with short term weight loss, but if you have a habit of skipping breakfast or prefer a late brunch, you may want to reconsider because there are several reasons why you should eat breakfast. Let's check them out, shall we?

1. You'll be smarter - Can't focus in school? Having a hard time grasping new lessons? Maybe it's because you're running on no energy for your 2 p.m. class. Breakfast supplies you with the energy & nutrients that lead to increased concentration in the classroom, according to Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH). 

2. You'll snack less - Excessive fat & sugar are not your friends. If you're hungry you eat. Sounds simple enough. That's how we survive, but when you're hungry you don't normally grab a carrot. Those who have not eaten breakfast tend to snack on foods that are high in fat & sugar due to their hunger (JHSPH).

3. You'll stay fit longterm - In 2008 there was a study where researchers were able to account for levels of exercise & dietary intake among teens. Those who gained the least amount of weight over 5 years reported eating breakfast every day, according to an article on USAToday. Keep that in mind. Will you in 5 years be happy you kept forgetting breakfast?

4. You'll have more morning energy - Contrary to popular belief, volunteers who skipped breakfast didn't wolf down gigantic portions throughout the day. However, they did feel more sluggish first thing in the morning, according to the New York Times (NYT). No need for those crazy energy drinks with all those chemicals. Just eat a wholesome breakfast.

5. You'll need those nutrients - People who fail to eat breakfast probably won't make up their daily requirement for some vitamins & minerals that breakfast would have given them (JHSPH). If you're missing 1/3 of your meals you're missing 1/3 of those important nutrients. Eat a balanced meal prior to heading out or take it without.

Breakfast is good for you, but remember that means a good breakfast not a sugary cereal with a side of potatoes. Get some veggies in there, get some protein, & whole grains. If you can't think of anything, try this Easy Power Protein Breakfast Recipe. There are many reasons why you should eat breakfast. What's yours? Do you tend to eat breaky? Do you skip it? What's a super easy breakfast you make?

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