TIP FOR THE DAY - Don't Skip Breakfast!

Why is that first meal of the day supposed to be breakfast? If you are still wondering at 11:00 AM, there's a good chance you might already know!

Why is at least a bowl of cereal a "breakfast for a champion"?
Why is at least a bowl of cereal a "breakfast for a champion"? | Source

This morning's breakfast....

Be honest, did you eat at least a modest breakfast this morning?

  • Yes, and I usually eat at least a modest breakfast.
  • Yes, but I frequently do not have a nutritious breakfast
  • No, but I usually do.
  • No and I seldom eat at least a modest, nutritious breakfast.
  • No. I always skip the day's breakfast.
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Just one possibility....

A nutritiously rich breakfast.
A nutritiously rich breakfast. | Source

Breaking the fast....


We look at some folks who eat hearty meals, but never seem to gain weight, and we wonder how they do it. Typically we might say "She or he has a high metabolic rate." That is even more likely to be our thought, if we know that person doesn't believe in exercise but manages to stay thin without the huffing and puffing.

Why do some people have that "high metabolic rate" and others don't?

The full spectrum of possible reasons are better suited to medical journals, but we know one thing for sure: the daily metabolic rate for most individuals depends on assuring the body that it is not in a "survival mode" due to momentary starvation!

Breakfast originated as the term for our first, and early, meal of the day because we didn't typically get up and raid the food shelves during the night. We fasted for those 6-9 hours of sleep, and we typically arise thirsty and hungry. Given the time to choose, we would usually choose to break our fast, drink and eat.

When we let our mind and daily concerns overcome our subconscious, we may skip that natural impulse to drink and eat, rush off to a cup of sweetened coffee designed to wake us up, and get further focused on things other than breakfast.

Doing so means that we ignore the subconscious, or only pay it lip service by an unhealthy compromise, and may not eat real food for the extended period from supper to lunch...some 17 hours (7 PM to Noon.)

When our day settles into a non-hectic daily pattern, we will be reminded that the body and mind are not performing well, and that we skipped our breakfast, but meanwhile the body's metabolic rate got set to burn as few calories as possible and use up as little liquid as possible.

Breakfasts set a higher metabolic rate, while at the same time giving the body and mind the nutrients and liquid they need to function normally, and carry us through to the next meal.

That is all we need to know to plan on having a good breakfast every day. With a good breakfast we are on our way to a successful day, no matter what we are hoping to accomplish.

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Copyright 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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In terms of your health, do you know what the abbreviation BMI stands for?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Could it stand for Body Mass Index (BMI)?
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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

I used to be in charge of breakfasts.


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MelChi 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

I can't imagine not starting my day without breakfast, actually...I can and I've done it a few times. Then I had absolutely no energy or brain power come 11am. The rest of the day is just a waste. Thanks for sharing!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Mhatter99: There is a "charge" in breakfast. It's sad so many are so caught up in just living, that they miss this essential for a good life.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

MelChi: You have a key I found in your comment, just remind yorself the next time you are tempted to skip breaking your fast with a breakfast, that the consequences are not worth the time saving.


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Trish303 4 years ago from Springfield, MO

Thanks for the reminder. I always skip breakfast. Not because I'm on a diet but because I never think of it. like now it is 1pm and I have still not eaten anything. But I'm going to right now because of seeing your hub. Thanks wonderful hub.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Trish303 : You must have read that Hub I saw the title of (or was it a question?) dealing with living just on the air you breathe. I suggest that, if you skip a meal (and I recommend a medium-sized nutritious one every four of your 16 waking hours), don't skip the "break fast" meal...for all the reasons I cited. I'm glad you are on the road to maintaining a high evergy level and crystal clear mental focus...those come in handy for Hubbers!


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Perspycacious ~ I've been reading your variety and thoughtful articles here on Hubpages. I feel that as we age, we take more stock of our habits and behaviors, including to eat or skip breakfast. We have probably developed a habit, as so many taking their morning cup of Joe, that requires much conscious effort to change. This alone could trigger the metabolism to change the way it processes the food, provides energy and possibly body fat. Blessings, Debby


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Debby Bruck: I'm not sure whether you are saying that the sweetened 24 oz. of coffee is the answer to a healthier breakfast, or not. Check out my suggestion for a sixth of a lemon with breakfast.


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

I meant that 'changing old habits,' such as drinking coffee, will stimulate a metabolic change. I'm not approving of coffee as a substitute for a truly nutritious breakfast, such as oatmeal. I probiotic drink or the lemon juice does provide a good stimulating start to the day. I'm all for producing an alkaline pH digestive environment. Blessings, Debby


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Thanks for the clarification.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Since this article was originally published in 2012, I have added two polls and a link or two to other articles on weight loss. Be sure to go back and answer the polls, then come back later to check the results. Feel free to add your comment.

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