Breakfast need not be elaborate, but you should eat it every day. Quality, however, is essential; many of us look to overly sugared, refined carbohydrate-based items (think donuts, pastries, muffins) that may actually have a huge negative impact on our health. We advocate eating breakfast because it leads to improved memory and may affect your energy levels, blood sugar, and mood for the entire day. Our 8 rules help you figure out what to eat for the most-skipped meal of the day—and why you should start if you haven't already.
Why You Should Eat Breakfast Every Day
Some studies show that skipping breakfast doesn't necessarily help or harm weight-loss efforts, but is it really all about the scale? Obesity researcher Louis Aronne, MD, from Weill Cornell Medicine, found a drastic surge in insulin when refined carbs were eaten at the beginning of a meal (such surges are a known contributor to fat gain and fatigue).
Cooking breakfast is a hassle that most of us don't want to face on weekday mornings, and that's OK. It can be as simple as a little nut butter on whole-grain bread or protein-packed whole-milk Greek yogurt (a far more satiating option than the 100-calorie, artificially sweetened stuff). A little planning and label reading goes a long way, as you'll see in the eight rules that follow. Eat a balanced breakfast, and you'll have a better morning—you may even eat less lunch. Not sure what to eat? Let us get you started.