Tuesday, May 28, 2013

How long after waking up in the morning should a person eat breakfast?

Breakfast is be the first meal you eat every day. Although there isn't an official time for breakfast, most people eat breakfast within one or two hours after waking. If you don't eat before mid-morning (around nine or ten o'clock), you are probably skipping breakfast. 

 There are two common reasons people skip breakfast. Either they feel they do not have enough time to eat breakfast, or they think skipping breakfast will help them lose weight. Neither reason is good. Skipping breakfast is usually not a successful way to lose weight. People who skip breakfast have a slightly lower metabolism and they tend to snack more during the day. Breakfast eaters also function better mentally. It is difficult to get much work or studying done when your body has run out of fuel. 

 If not having enough time is a reason for not eating breakfast, then get up a few minutes earlier or have something ready to go. Food items like refrigerated hard-boiled eggs, whole grain cereals and fresh fruits take very little time to prepare. A good breakfast should contain a good dose of fiber and protein to keep you satisfied until lunch time. Here are some great breakfast ideas: 
  • Fry one egg in a non-stick skillet and serve with a bowl of oatmeal. 
  • Warm up some leftover chicken breast and serve it on whole grain toast. 
  • Have a yogurt, nut and fruit parfait. Use plain yogurt and mix in berries, nuts and honey. 
  • Eat a bowl of whole grain cereal with low fat milk or soy milk. 

 Maybe you work nights and don't wake up until afternoons. That doesn't mean you skip breakfast, you should still eat within one or two hours after waking.

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