Well, it’s not just your mom pressuring you to eat your Wheaties. It’s over 20 years of scientific research and health trials. The benefits of eating breakfast are remarkable. This one meal will make you smarter, stronger, and more efficient. And here are the studies to back us up:
Breakfast makes you stronger
This study followed two groups of women: one that didn’t eat protein in the morning, and another that ate lean protein such as Canadian bacon or eggs. The breakfasts were identical in volume and calories. “The group eating more protein kept more lean muscle than the group who ate the same number of calories but less protein.” Lean muscle mass is more metabolically active, meaning it burns more calories at rest. This keeps your body humming, circulating, and repairing – all without lifting a finger.
Breakfast improves endurance
In this time trial study of male cyclists, the group that consumed a low glycemic index breakfast sustained longer endurance and faster trials than the cyclists who ate a high glycemic index meal. “Greater carbohydrate oxidation sustained energy production towards the end of exercise and led to the improved performance.”
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Breakfast boosts cognitive function
“Oatmeal provides a slower and more sustained energy source and consequently results in cognitive enhancement compared to low-fiber high glycemic ready-to-eat cereal.”
Breakfast is your “on” switch
Breakfast “wakes up” your body. It’s the meal that effectively “breaks” the “fast” of your eight hour sleep, and puts the body into drive.
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