The word breakfast literally means to break the fast. Overnight, with the average recommended amount for adults being 8 hours of sleep each night, we are fasting. Hours pass without putting food (fuel) into our system. If we don’t fuel our systems when we wake up and “break” the “fast”, then we aren’t giving our bodies what it needs for the day ahead which can affect cognitive function, energy levels, and weight maintenance.
Starting the day with a nutritious, balanced breakfast has shown to lead to a decrease in overall daily calories, maintain blood sugar levels, and prevent overeating later in the day, and has proven to lead to a higher diet quality overall, as shown in a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.