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Do you have to eat breakfast?

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We have been told over and over again for years that we must eat well in the morning for breakfast and we are even told that this meal is one of the most important of the day. However, many people do not eat or eat very little, either because they are not hungry, or for lack of time, or because they think that by skipping this meal, they will lose weight. Finally, is it so serious to skip breakfast? And would it really help you lose weight?

A breakfast tailored to each person and their activity

Above all, breakfast must be adapted to everyone’s needs: as most of us are sedentary, a gargantuan breakfast is not essential.

It should be remembered that it is not not essential to have a rich and heavy breakfast but a tonic breakfast, to suit everyone and their activity.

The only really important obligation in the morning is to drink to compensate for the dehydration of the night and to boost kidney activity: morning urine, dark, should quickly become clear again.

Then, everyone adapts their breakfast according to their needs:

  • For people who are not used to eating in the morning and who are not going to “move” much in the morning, a beverage, one fruit and an handful of dried fruit can easily keep them going until noon.
  • Other people need to eat more: in this case, breakfast should be complete and varied in its components, in order to be sufficiently satiating and energizing to allow you to hold on without hypoglycemia until noon. This will be particularly true for people who have to perform significant physical activity in the morning.

An example of a balanced and varied breakfast:

  • A hot drink (500 ml of green tea or infusion of tonic plants, with thyme or rosemary, for example) sweetened with a teaspoon of honey.
  • 25g dry goat’s or sheep’s cheese or 1 boiled egg.
  • 1 cereal or similar: organic wholemeal bread, or natural flakes including millet, quinoa, buckwheat, or pancakes of buckwheat flour or millet… with a little honey or butter (rather sheep’s milk) or olive oil or sesame, hazelnut or almond puree.
  • 2 fresh seasonal fruits (avoid fruit juices especially in bottles or packs and no ready-to-use compotes)
  • A handful of dried fruits with walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, raisins…

In case of cravings in the morning, we can bite into an apple with the skin on (washed and organic)or a handful of dried fruit.

Can not eating in the morning help with weight loss?

Much research has looked into this question. Among them, a team from the University of Alabama studied 300 people wanting to lose weight.

Half of the volunteers ate full breakfasts, the other half ate almost no breakfast.

Results: after 4 months, not one volunteer had gained or lost weight significantly (1 kg at most).

Other researchers from the University of Bath (United Kingdom) and Nottingham (United Kingdom) wanted to study the impact of breakfast or not on 33 rather skinny people. After 6 weeks, the figures show that cholesterol and blood sugar levels remained unchanged whether or not participants ate breakfast.

In conclusion, everyone is free to do as they wish, but it is important to remember that it is not useful to swallow 500 calories of breakfast when you are only going to spend 350 in the morning!

And the main thing in all of this, no matter how much you swallow, is toopt for naturalthat is to say complete and non-industrial productswithout overcooking, to avoid imbalances in particular of blood sugar and deficiencies, including those of vitamins, magnesium, iron and zinc.

#eat #breakfast

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