Is Skipping Breakfast Really That Bad for Weight Loss?

There has been a very strong belief that those who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight and it’s also been suggested that people who eat breakfast tend to eat less later in the day.

It’s resulted in the idea that eating breakfast will help prevent weight gain and is important for those trying to lose weight. However, a recent study has found the opposite might be true.

Here’s what you need to know about whether breakfast helps or harms weight loss.

EATING BREAKFAST DOESN’T MEAN YOU’LL LOSE WEIGHT …

Recent research’s examined the connection and found no association between eating breakfast and weight maintenance for women; men who ate breakfast were slightly better able to keep their weight down.

… BUT IT COULD HAVE OTHER BENEFITS

Some research has found eating breakfast may be important for helping to decrease risk of Type 2 diabetes. Eating breakfast may also help enhance performance for tasks requiring attention, memory and executive function, according to another study.

It’s also worth noting a few studies have found those who consume the highest percentage of their daily calories at breakfast had lower BMIs than those who filled up at lunch or dinner.

SKIPPING BREAKFAST DOESN’T MEAN YOU’LL LOSE WEIGHT … EITHER

Yes there have been lot of discussions going on about Intermittent Fasting, which general includes fasting for 16 hours and most people skip breakfast to achieve the same. But it depends on what works for your body and it’s not advisable to follow a Diet fad just because someone said so.

CONCLUSION

Breakfast is just another time we take in calories. In order to prevent weight gain we have to watch our overall calorie intake and match it to our calorie needs. What’s more, the decision to eat (or skip) breakfast is an individual one: If you’re hungry first thing in the morning, eat; if your stomach doesn’t start rumbling until a few hours after you wake up, skipping breakfast is OK.

If you eat breakfast, make smart choices. Skip sugary processed foods and pick protein-rich options that fill you up and provide important nutrients. Greek yogurt topped with nuts and berries or a breakfast sandwich made with eggs and vegetables — both meals offer a combination of protein, mono- and polyunsaturated fats and fiber.

10 keys to Proper Hydration

Proper hydration isn’t a summer specific conversation; it’s a year-round commitment because consuming enough fluids is vital for maintaining every function of our bodies — from our brain to our muscles and organs, including our skin and heart.

In fact, water makes up roughly 65% of our bodyweight. The good news is there are more ways to stay hydrated than drinking the standard recommendation of 3 litres of water a day.

Here, 10 keys to ensure proper hydration:

  1. THIRST ISN’T THE ONLY SIGN OF DEHYDRATION

By the time you’re thirsty, you’re already mildly dehydrated. Beyond thirst, the color of your urine offers insight into your level of dehydration — the darker it is, the more dehydrated you are. Sticking to a hydration schedule is a good idea for all.

  • HUNGER IS A COMMON SIGN OF DEHYDRATION

If you’re watching your weight, common advice is to drink a glass of water if you’re feeling hungry to see if you were simply dehydrated. Also, the more water you drink, the less room you have for consuming calories. Carry a water bottle with you during the day and keep a glass of water on your nightstand when you sleep so you have easy access to around-the-clock hydration.

  • STAYING HYDRATED IS IMPORTANT ON MANY LEVELS

On top of helping manage your appetite, staying hydrated keeps your body functioning efficiently. By avoiding dehydration, you can keep your energy levels up and regulate your mood. Also, when exercising, water helps keep muscles cool by circulating heat and also through sweat.

  • WATER ISN’T THE ONLY THIRST QUENCHER

Fortunately, there are options beyond water to keep us hydrated. Beyond regular water, you can also naturally infuse water (with fruits) or try coconut water, green tea and even coffee.

  • FOOD CONTAINS WATER, TOO

In fact, 20% of our daily fluid intake comes from food. Think: water-rich fruits and vegetables like cucumbers, strawberries and, of course, watermelon. Also, soups and smoothies pack in the fluids.

  • GOOD PERFORMANCE REQUIRES HYDRATION

When hydration levels are low, performance suffers. Just a 2–3% level of dehydration results in reduced endurance and power. The way you hydrate before, during and after a workout can make or break your performance.

  • SOMETIMES WATER ISN’T ENOUGH

Water alone isn’t always sufficient, especially during hectic activity. One needs to replenish your electrolytes to get enough sodium, which is an element of hydration.

  • STAYING HYDRATED AIDS WEIGHT LOSS

A study showed the more water you drink, the fewer calories you consume. Also, drinking water has been shown to boost your metabolism. While water is an obvious choice, green tea, and even coffee are drinks that can help weight-loss efforts.

  • TRY TRACKING YOUR HYDRATION

We know how important hydration is, so how exactly do we go about creating a healthy lifestyle habit? Some suggest tracking your hydration as you do food. Not only does it keep you accountable, it can highlight your patterns and the times you’re typically prone to falling short.

  • RESTRAIN OF DRINKING TOO MUCH WATER

Since most people struggle to drink enough water, the concern around drinking too much water seems unfounded, but it can happen leading to a condition called hyponatremia.

Also you should not be consuming 3 litres of water at once. The primary concern with drinking too much water  and at once revolves around low sodium levels, which is where electrolytes come in to play as this is more common in endurance athletes.

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