10 Harmful Effects Of Skipping Breakfast  August 4, 2016

You all would have heard the century old adage that says breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But how many of you follow this? In an attempt to cut down the net calorie intake and fulfilling our dream goal of being slim, a major proportion of us has a tendency to skip breakfast. There is no disagreeing that this will yield results, but only temporary ones.

So, why is it bad to skip breakfast? How would that affect us?

This post talks about the major side effects of skipping breakfast.

1. Bad For Your Heart:

According to a study published in JAMA, men who skip breakfast have about 27% more chances of sustaining a heart attack when compared to those who eat breakfast. Dr. Leah Cahill, who led the research, tells that the rate of risk is not so worrisome. But she also supports the fact that indulging in a healthy breakfast could actually curb the risk of heart attacks. [1]

People who avoid breakfast are also known to have an increased susceptibility to hypertension, in turn, leading to clogging of arteries. This, on the other hand, puts them at an increased risk of developing chronic cardiovascular health conditions, including stroke.

2. Higher Risk Of Type-2 Diabetes:

Harvard University School of Public Health conducted a study that aimed to find a correlation between eating habits and health. 46,289 women participated in the research conducted for about six years. The results of the study were amazing. According to the outcome, women who had the habit of avoiding breakfast were at a higher risk of developing Type-2 diabetes, than women who had their daily breakfast.

Even worse, working women who skipped their morning meals had 54% more chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. [2]

3. Skipping Breakfast Might Cause Weight Gain:

If you are on a weight loss regimen and have the habit of skipping breakfast, give it a second thought now. According to the studies conducted on the negative impacts of not eating breakfast, people who miss the morning meal had higher chances of gaining weight, quite contrary to your slimming goal. Are your confused? Just read on.

Skipping breakfast peps up the craving for sugary and fatty foods. Plus, since your hunger pangs will quite be intense, you end up gorging down whatever you come across during the day. The higher your hunger levels are, the more the quantity of food intake will be. And, this at times exceeds your recommended daily calorie intake. A constant practice of skipping breakfast will finally lead to weight gain and not weight loss. [3]

4. Negative Impact On Mood And Energy Levels:

According to a study that appeared in a journal called Physiological Behavior in 1999, avoiding breakfast can have negative impacts on energy and mood. The British research team did a study on 144 healthy people who underwent an overnight fasting. The group was divided into three. One group was given a healthy, moderate breakfast, second group only coffee, and the third group was not given breakfast. The groups were then monitored for a couple of hours. According to the study, the group who were not given breakfast showcased the poorest memory skills and highest fatigue levels. There was no significant difference between the other two groups.

The baseline: Avoiding breakfast could swish down your energy levels and negatively impact your memory. [4]

5. Risk Of Cancer:

Skipping breakfast can make you overindulge in food during the day time. This in turn paves the way for increased prevalence of obesity. [5] According to research that was conducted by Cancer Research UK, it was found out that a person who is overweight or obese has an increased risk of developing cancer. [6]

6. Affects Cognitive Functioning:

Including breakfast in your daily diet regimen bestows you with better cognitive functioning. A study was conducted on a group of teenagers between the ages of 12 and 15 in two trials. In one of the trials, the group was allowed to have breakfast, and in the second trial the group was asked to refrain from the morning meal. The results were interesting. The group, when on a breakfast regimen, showcased better accuracy in a visual search test, while lack of breakfast hampered with the results.

The finding: Inclusion of breakfast gives cognitive function a boost. [7] While the study was conducted on adolescents, it can easily be extended to adults too.

7. Could Cause Migraines:

Hypoglycemia is the medical term used to indicate low levels of blood sugar. Skipping meals trigger a massive dip in sugar levels, in turn, triggering the release of hormones that could compensate for the low glucose levels. This, on the other hand, increases the blood pressure levels, triggering migraines and headaches. [8]

The incidence is higher when you skip breakfast, as it is the first meal of the day you are consuming after nearly 12 hours of fasting. So, if you want to keep those headaches away, do ensure that you eat your breakfast.

8. Triggers Hair Loss:

A meal that contains dangerously low levels of protein could affect the levels of keratin, averting hair growth and triggering hair loss. Breakfast is the quintessential meal of any day and has a major role in promoting the growth of hair follicles. [9] So, if you wish to enjoy a lush, strong hair with zero hair fall, then you ought to indulge in a protein-rich breakfast daily.

9. Could Affect Your Metabolism:

Will your car ever start if there is no fuel? No, right? Similarly, you need breakfast to give your metabolism a jump start. It is the first meal of the day you are feeding your body with, after its rest for about 12 hours. According to various studies conducted on the importance of breakfast, people who eat this meal have a higher level of resting metabolism. [10]

10. Worsens Hangover:

It is perfectly fine if you overdid on your alcohol consumption the previous night. You can use a nourishing breakfast to ward off your hangover. A healthy breakfast rich in iron, folate, and other minerals and vitamins will help your body to compensate for the lost nutrients. It will also kick up your energy levels. [11].

Just remember this – skipping breakfast could worsen the hangover by bringing down the sugar levels [12], inviting headaches and nausea. So, just have a healthy breakfast to overcome your hangover.

These effects of skipping breakfast are good enough to convince a person to start eating breakfast. Do you skip your breakfast? Have you experienced any effects other than the ones mentioned above? Share with us in the comments section below!

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