Mornings can be tough, especially for those of us who aren’t morning people. The snooze button may seem like a helpful friend who allows us to catch a few more Zs, but it oftentimes takes away from precious time required to get everything in order and ready for the day.
When time gets the best of us, we, well, some of us, have a tendency to
cut eating breakfast from our morning to-do lists and go on about our daily
routines. However, skipping breakfast can cause overeating later in the
day and lead to the development of metabolic health issues,
especially for teenagers.
In a study carried out at Umeå University in Sweden, researchers found that teenagers who didn’t eat breakfast or opted for sugary, unhealthy morning meals were 68% more likely to develop metabolic syndrome in middle age than those who ate nutritious breakfasts. Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors including hypertension, high levels of triglycerides, low levels of HDL cholesterol, high fasting blood sugar levels and a large waistline. People who exhibit three or more of these warning signs are said to have metabolic syndrome and carry an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke. So how does breakfast play into all this? First, it’s important to have an idea about what metabolism is.
Metabolism: A Brief Overview
Basal metabolic rate, which is more commonly known as metabolism, is the total number of calories, or energy, the body requires to carry out and maintain its everyday duties. Age, gender, weight, body composition and physical activity all affect how efficiently a person’s metabolism operates. When we sleep, our metabolism slows down due to a decreased level of physical activity. Eating breakfast gets the metabolic gears turning by beginning the process of thermogenesis and, according to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center, can increase resting metabolism by 10%.
For a person’s metabolism to operate at full efficiency, he or she needs to eat frequent, healthy meals every day and start with a breakfast consisting of lean protein, healthy fat and a good source of carbohydrates like fruits, vegetables or whole grains. Learn more at Lifeseasons.com.
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