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    I found this article interesting and thought I would pass it on......

    Why it's the most important meal of the day
    -- By Elizabeth Evans Fryer, Health & Fitness Writer


    The first – and easiest – step you should take towards becoming more healthy is so, so simple; it’s eating breakfast. Breakfast eaters get myriad benefits including:
    a revved up metabolism started early so that it burns the maximum number of calories to fuel your activities
    fewer total calories consumed throughout the day
    an increased leptin output
    What’s leptin, you ask? Leptin is a hormone that suppresses appetite. Eating a significant meal early in the day ensures our body’s leptin production, says Meg Jordan, Ph.D., R.N. – as reported to First, September 2003. The book "Fit Not Fat at 40-Plus: The Shape-Up Plan That Balances Your Hormones, Boosts Your Metabolism, and Fights Female Fat in Your Forties-And Beyond", published by Prevention Health Books for Women, has more of Dr. Jordan’s thoughts on leptin’s influence on appetite.

    Since leptin suppresses appetite, it follows that those of us who eat breakfast would take in fewer calories throughout the day. In fact, researchers at the University of Texas, El Paso, studied the food diaries of 586 men and women and determined that the more food people ate in the morning, the fewer calories they consumed in an entire day. So eat up early – though what we eat for breakfast may affect what we eat later on.

    That’s right. Your first step to losing weight – eating breakfast – is not as simple as just popping any convenience food into your mouth. Eating refined carbohydrates such as sugary cereals, toasted white bread, waffles, or bagels will likely begin an overeating cycle. Instead, opt for complex carbs, proteins and fats. Whole wheat toast with peanut butter and a banana, or a bowl of high-fiber cereal with low-fat milk and blueberries are good examples. Both options are quick to get you out the door and on your way to starting your day.

    Feeding yourself a healthy breakfast of complex carbs, proteins and fats should prevent your feeding the vending machine any money before lunch, making you thinner and your change purse fatter.
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    Having a mighty breakfast will fuel your entire day. Being your first meal for every day will keep you energize in doing all your tasks or whatsoever thus giving you high amount of calorie burning and results to a healthy an fit life. A balance amount of nutrition is so important, percentage of fats, protein and carbohydrates is what will keep us into shape and active. My daily diet compose of somewhat heavy breakfast since I need all the energy for the strenuous type of job that I do and I kept feeding myself with smaller meals in 2-3 hours intervals to keep me up. And in the evening I take lighter meals like soft carbs or liquefied form of protein for an easier digestion during sleeping time.

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    I agree with this, if you eat dinner at 7pm and lunch at noon, and don't eat breakfast then you're starving yourself for 17 hours a day. Your body goes into survival mode and doesn't burn any fat. Instead it tries to source ready energy and store any energy that you eat. This means that your body will try and burn muscle as it uses less energy to do so than converting fat into glucose.

    I always start the day with a bowl of porridge (oatmeal), it has a low GI and keeps me going until my next meal.

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    Yep, very true. I think it's really important to remember to just listen to your body.. people try to starve themselves and it just backfires in so many ways, mostly in the fact that you're then going to be craving food so badly mentally and physically that you eat more in the end then you would have otherwise. And there's no need for special diets. Are you hungry? Then eat. You KNOW what's good for you and what isn't. Of course this is easier said than done. ;D But I think too many people think that eating healthy means eating bland, uncooked vegetables and just haven't known anything else.

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    I've always heard that it's good to eat breakfast in the morning. I am never hungry in the morning...but I just bought these smoothies that I think I will try to at least drink one of them and maybe that will help.

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    Its funny as I always hear eat breakfast to lose weight etc however I have never eaten breakfast even when I was a kid I hated breakfast time and I am a size 8/10, even when I reached a bigger size and went to weight watchers, I still never ate breakfast.

    I agree that it gives your energy a burst but I have never been into eating breakfast, I have a cup of coffee and a cake lol but when I need something healthier then its a yoghurt.

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    Some of my friends do that practice. They eat heavy breakfast then light lunch and dinner. I didn't know that this practice is true until I read the article.

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    Very realistic, actually I'm doing that because I've find out when eating breakfast you can be energetic what I mean was breakfast is important because you can't do work without eating something, then for the dinner eat early. I'm eating at 6:00 pm it can help you to lose weight and your big tummy.
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    I eat a 32g protein bar every morning. It's fast and easy without the hassles of actually cooking anything, and it's choke full of vitamins. Cliffbars are my fav but there are lots of other great ones.

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    It would be healthy if you eat breakfast in the morning. “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper”. Breakfast provides energy to the brain and the muscles in order to sustain activity through the day and also replenishes the glucose stores.

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    Hello,

    Are you trying to lose weight fast? The 5 tips that follow will help you. Keep in mind, however, that if you want to lose weight and keep it off that you have to change your lifestyle. That means following these tips consistently. It can be difficult to change life-long habits. Starting out is usually the hardest part. Once you develop healthier patterns, they too can become habits!

    1. Eat Healthier Fats -the latest research shows that it’s not so much fat itself that is the problem when it comes to health and weight loss, but the kind of fat. In general, it’s a good idea to avoid trans fats, which are found in many junk foods, margarine, partially hydrogenated vegetable oils and commercial sweets such as cakes, cookies and donuts (you can find healthier, organic versions of these products).

    Saturated fats, which are found in animal products are fine to eat in small quantities, especially if they are natural or organic.

    Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that are now called “healthy fats” contain essential fatty acids, especially Omega-3. These are found in almonds and other nuts, avocados, coconut and olive oils and flaxseed oil.

    So, as a rule, it’s best to avoid trans fats as much as possible, consume limited amounts of saturated fats (note -some people still label saturated fats as “bad fats” but there is compelling research that shows that many cultures have consumed animal products for centuries with virtually no obesity or degenerative diseases -see Weston Price Foundation for more information; the problem today is that most animal products are from factory farms, which use many questionable additives), and large amounts of healthy fats.

    2. Exercise Intelligently -the problem many people have with exercise is that they start out very enthusiastically and then, when that initial burst of energy wears out, they quit. If this is your tendency, you should remember that the real key to a successful exericse program is consistency. It’s far better, for example, to walk for forty-five minutes every day and stick with it than to be a “weekend warrior” and do stenuous exercise inconsistently. Don’t try to do too much, but make sure you get regular exercise at least three times per week.

    3. Pay Attention to What You Drink -beverage consumption can be at least as important as food when it comes to your weight. The best thing to drink is pure water. After that, stick to pure juices (in moderation; many juices like apple are healthy, but contain lots of sugar; even natural sugar can be fattening in large quantities), green tea, which has antioxidants that may help with weight loss, and herbal teas.

    Avoid soda as much as possible, even diet sodas –most artificial sweeteners have potential health risks. One glass of wine or beer every day is fine for most people and may actually have health benefits. Beyond this, however, alcohol can be fattening and of course can contribute to other health problems.

    4. Get Some Sleep! -while we all know that you need exercise to lose weight, oddly enough, sleep can also help. Recent research has shown a correlation between sleep deprivation and obesity. Apparently lack of sleep causes an imbalance in the body which inhibits the burning of fat. So if you have sleeping problems, you should address this. Regular exercise can help with this. Avoid caffeine or stimulants beyond the mid-afternoon. Certain herbal teas, such as chamomile and skullcap can also help with sleep.

    5. Reduce Stress -stress also makes it difficult to lose weight. This is probably related to the issue of sleep deprivation contributing to obesity. While we tend to think of sleep and relaxation as the opposite of what we need to lose weight, the fact is we need both activity and rest to be at our best and for our body to burn fat.
    So we don’t only need to get enough sleep, but we also need to be able to deal with stress throughout the day. If you have a problem with stress, try yoga or meditation. These also teach proper breathing, which is crucial for overall health, stress reduction and losing weight.

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    On breakfast i just eat biscuits and milk

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    The article adds our knowledge on how important breakfast is. It is truly the best meal of the day. I always believe it and practice it myself

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    Now i know the importance of the breakfast,thanks.

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    I accept with information:
    1. Pay Attention to What You Drink -beverage consumption can be at least as important as food when it comes to your weight. The best thing to drink is pure water. After that, stick to pure juices (in moderation; many juices like apple are healthy, but contain lots of sugar; even natural sugar can be fattening in large quantities), green tea, which has antioxidants that may help with weight loss, and herbal teas.

    Avoid soda as much as possible, even diet sodas –most artificial sweeteners have potential health risks. One glass of wine or beer every day is fine for most people and may actually have health benefits. Beyond this, however, alcohol can be fattening and of course can contribute to other health problems.

    2. Get Some Sleep! -while we all know that you need exercise to lose weight, oddly enough, sleep can also help. Recent research has shown a correlation between sleep deprivation and obesity. Apparently lack of sleep causes an imbalance in the body which inhibits the burning of fat. So if you have sleeping problems, you should address this. Regular exercise can help with this. Avoid caffeine or stimulants beyond the mid-afternoon. Certain herbal teas, such as chamomile and skullcap can also help with sleep

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    Breakfast is definitely key to a healthier life style. I would say eating smaller portions of food is key though. Most of the US eats meals that are way too big for one person. Instead try eating 6 or 7 small meals a day and see how that works for you :]

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    ya vey true you should not skip breakfast

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    I most certainly AGREE! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

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    Try stawberries,blueberries,banana,raw oatmeal,flax oil,soy protein powder,with some juice or low fat milk, blend and enjoy. This is a very quick healthy breakfast while trying to loose weight.

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    Can anyone give me one citation for one study anywhere in the English speaking world that finds "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day" - from the perspective of weight loss.
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