We’ve always said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. C’mon! How can it not be? You can choose from a variety of things—eggs, fresh fruit, cereal, pancakes, waffles, bacon, sausages—you’re really spoiled for choice. And yes, we realize there’s a hefty calorie count attached to a hearty breakfast, but it does serve a purpose.
Did you know that skipping breakfast may actually hamper your athletic performance later in the day? What we simply mean is that your workouts will suffer since skipping your calorie intake at breakfast will undermine the effectiveness of the physical activities from that point on.
According to a study where 10 men were monitored, skipping breakfast led to a lower overall calorie count for that day. “Many athletes as well as recreational exercisers do so in the evening and breakfast skipping is a relatively common dietary practice,” said senior author Dr Lewis J James of the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University in the UK.
“Skipping breakfast reduces the amount of available energy (glucose) for muscular activity and therefore it would be important to know if this had a functional consequence, ie, reduced performance,” says David Levitsky, a professor of nutrition at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
According to research findings, skipping breakfast could be used as a strategy to reduce overall energy intake, in habitual breakfast consumers at least, where weight management is the key goal. However, there needs to be more research done to make a more informed analysis.
That said, we stand by the idea that breakfast helps fuel performance, but urge you to keep it under the 250-calorie limit with these recipes.