Of all the nutrition mistakes you might make, skipping breakfast is the biggest. Raiya, an early-morning exerciser at her local YMCA, learned this the hard way: She collapsed from low blood sugar after one of her morning workouts. She managed to struggle through the hour-long stationary cycling class but felt very light-headed and dizzy, and she ended up in a heap on the floor, surrounded by the other frightened exercisers. She had blacked out because she had no fuel to feed her brain.
Raiya's story is a dramatic example of how skipping breakfast can hinder your workouts as well as leave you drained for the rest of the day. In comparison, a high-energy breakfast sets the stage for a high-energy day. Nevertheless, many active people come up with familiar excuses for skipping the morning meal:
"I'm not hungry in the morning." "I don't have time." "I don't like breakfast foods."
"If I eat breakfast, I feel hungrier all day."
Excuses, excuses. If you skip breakfast, you're likely to concentrate less effectively in the late morning, work or study less efficiently, feel irritable and short tempered, or fall short of energy for your afternoon workout. If you are a breakfast-skipping parent, your kids are more likely to skip breakfast, too, and the result is more snacking, irregular eating patterns, and a poorer-quality diet—all of which can influence their (and your) energy and weight (Affenito 2007). For every flimsy excuse to skip breakfast, there's an even better reason to eat it. Keep reading!
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