Is breakfast the scientifically the most important meal during the day
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There is a belief that breakfast is a must. But in recent years, scientists have put this belief into question that has not yet got its answer: when really is the best time to have your breakfast.
According to Leslie Bonci, sports nutritionist and registered dietician, the best timing for having the first mean depends on our age and daily habits. Studies have shown that when kids and students younger than 18 are in question, it is a good habit to have their meal as a first thing in the morning because it influences on their cognitive performance of their school activities.
While on the other side, with older folks there is not an exact time when we should have our first meal. It usually depends on our personal preferences and daily habits.
There is this group of people for whom taking food as they wake up is not what cames first to their mind. They simply do not feel hunger after they wake up and taking even a few bites can make them feel sick.
“But those are often the people who are eating later at night,” Bonci says, “or aren’t doing anything physically strenuous in the morning.”
Despite the three-meal-a-day rule, our bodies are not programmed to work on such a sharp schedule.
“If you eat a big meal the night before, you aren’t necessarily going to be hungry just because it’s breakfast time,” says Bonci. “Those that wake up starving are typically the ones who ate a light meal the evening prior, or ate a large meal, but much earlier in the day.”
Which eating habit is better is still a topic for debate. According to Bonci, there are not yet conclusive studies which confirms that having a breakfast in a morning has a positive effect on weight loss, cognitive benefits in adults or other body functions.
In some other cases such as with diabetics or people who have other chronic health conditions, breakfast in the morning should not be skipped. Further, if training is first thing in the morning, it is recommended to have the breakfast after the workout in order to rehydrate and refill the lost calories.
The advice for otherwise healthy people is to eat when you are hungry.
When choosing the type of food for the breakfast it is not needed to be the traditional American breakfast, eggs, or pancakes. In many, especially eastern cultures, there is not a specified “breakfast menu.”
“People simply eat a varied diet regardless of the mealtime or type. If you want leftover pepperoni pizza, that’s perfectly acceptable,” Bonci says.
The conclusion is: eat if you feel hungry, otherwise drink a nice big glass of water and keep your diet diverse and balanced.
source: Popular Science