Breakfast has always been the most important meal of the day because of the many benefits it holds. You fear to skip breakfast, as you will miss out on plenty of benefits. However, you can reap the advantages only if you follow the reasoning and logic it has been backed up with otherwise, it comes in the category of myths.
We're decoding the top three breakfast myths here.
Breakfast Decreases Appetite – A complex function of controlling appetite is oversimplified through this statement. Our hormones, primarily called ghrelin, manage appetite. There are several factors such as water intake, eating enough protein, exercising regularly, binge eating due to stress and boredom, that contribute to proper hormone functioning and therefore, controlling appetite. Breakfast can influence the appetite levels to some extent in some cases but considering breakfast as solely responsible for managing appetite is a false statement.
Breakfast Boosts your Metabolism – Everyone wants to eat and burn fat, but no gain without pain seems to be true. Metabolism is referred to the thermic effect of food, which is the increase in calories burned that occurs after you eat. However, what matters for metabolism is the total amount of food consumed throughout the day. It makes no difference at which times, or how often, you eat. It also depends on the type of food you are ingesting. Having refined sugary food, any time of the day will never contribute to boosting metabolism.
Breakfast is Good for your Cardiovascular System – Again, the sole credit for having a good cardiovascular system is presented to our king of meals – breakfast. People will benefit by having wholesome breakfast if they workout and take care of their nutritional needs as well, but people with sedentary lifestyle relying more on junk food and starting to eat breakfast after believing it as essential will only increase their calories.
Nutrition is a wholesome approach where every component: diet, exercise, sleep together make one individual healthy. One component is not present and nutrition won’t work. We can say it is ‘group efforts’ so never rely on just one statement as an ultimate truth.