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The Science Behind Eating Breakfast

I have a guest blogger this week! She is a nutrition and fitness enthusiast, and dear friend of mine Kristin Martin. Kristin is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and founder of Burdfuud. Be sure to check out her awesome recipe for Banana Walnut Oatmeal Protein Pancakes!

Many studies, in both adults and children, have shown that breakfast eaters tend to weigh less than breakfast skippers.

Why? One theory suggests that eating a healthy breakfast can reduce hunger throughout the day, and help people make better food choices at other meals. While it might seem you could save calories by skipping breakfast, this is not an effective strategy. Typically, hunger gets the best of breakfast-skippers, and they eat more at lunch and throughout the day.

Want to rein in your appetite and fend off cravings? A protein-packed first meal, which one study has shown to produce a potent satiety signaler called peptide YY. In the study, participants who consumed a protein-rich breakfast reported feeling less hungry and ate fewer indulgent snacks after dinner.

Research has shown that eating two eggs in the morning can lead to more effective weight loss than inhaling a breakfast bagel. The thinking is that the high amount of protein—about 5.5 grams in one medium egg—keeps you full. Bonus: They also contain a nutrient called choline, which improves nervous system function and cardiovascular health.

Take home message here is start your day off right, fuel your engine (body) the benefits throughout the rest of your day will not only be rewarding physically but psychologically and possibly emotionally.

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