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In What Ways Can A Skipped Breakfast Can Affect Your Health?

Skipped breakfast side effects

    Is breakfast not a part of your daily routine? Are you unable to make time to have your morning meal? If your answer to either of the above questions is yes, then you might be at an increased risk of health ailments. If people are asked why they skip breakfast, some would say they are trying to cut calories, some others would be too busy in the morning while others may say they don’t feel hungry. Whatever might be the excuse, it is actually putting their health at risk. Breakfast is the first and most important meal of the day. It is named such, as it breaks the overnight fast. Breakfast fuels the body and brain which helps us to perform our daily activities. When you skip breakfast, your body will be in a state of fasting for longer, which can disrupt your metabolism and affect your health in many ways. Including breakfast in your daily routine doesn’t mean you can have anything you wish to eat just to feel full. Breakfast should always be a healthy and nutritious meal that provides all the important nutrients, protein and fiber.

    If you still don’t want to make breakfast a priority, have a look at the following health risks you might suffer from, over time:

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    1. You may gain weight: If you are on a weight loss regimen and are thinking of skipping breakfast to cut calories, you need to give it a second thought. When you miss your morning meal, you crave for sugary and fatty foods. Along with this, your hunger will be so intense that it makes you end up eating whatever you come across during the day. This makes you exceed recommended daily calorie intake. If this continues for a long time, you might gain weight instead of losing it.
    2. You are more likely to get diabetes: When you skip your breakfast, your blood sugar levels get disrupted. This raises your blood glucose beyond normal levels increasing the risk of developing diabetes. When we fast for a long time, our blood sugar levels fluctuate and then eating a lot, as we are hungry, can put a strain on the body. This leads to insulin resistance and increases the risk of developing type-2 diabetes.
    3. You might be grumpy: A healthy meal makes a good mood. People who often skip breakfast experience mood swings due to drop in blood sugar levels. Skipping a meal can cause irritability, along with fatigue and headache that can further worsen your mood. Neurotransmitters are the chemicals produced in the brain, which regulate feelings and mood. And our food intake is linked with the balance of neurotransmitters. So, when you skip a meal, it puts stress on the body that affects the levels of neurotransmitters and can make you feel grumpy.
    4. Your brain function gets affected: Though breakfast supports our physical activities, it is even essential for our brain performance. A healthy breakfast provides our brain with nutrition especially glucose that helps it to work at its best. When we skip breakfast, our brain lacks the nutrition and its performance gets affected which troubles us to concentrate. So choose healthy options for your breakfast as high-calorie intake in the morning can level down brain performance.
    5. Your metabolism slows down: Our metabolism is already slow during sleep. If we skip breakfast, prolonged fasting will further slow down our metabolism and reduces our body’s ability to burn calories. So, you need to have breakfast in order to kick start your metabolism.
    6. You may lose your hair: Hair loss is one of the major side effects of missing breakfast. A meal that is low in protein can affect the levels of keratin. This can avert hair growth and trigger hair loss. Breakfast is the essential meal of the day that plays a major role in stimulating the hair follicles and promotes hair growth. So, indulge in a protein-rich breakfast every day to enjoy lustrous, strong hair with no hair loss.
    7. You may have migraines: Missing meals triggers a massive drop in blood sugar levels. This triggers the release of hormones that could compensate for the low glucose levels. Along with this, the blood pressure levels increase, that could cause migraines and headaches. A healthy breakfast is really important to keep those headaches away.
    8. You may have more cravings: A protein-rich breakfast can manage your appetite throughout the day. The amount of protein present in the breakfast will have an impact on the nutritional choices that you make for the rest of the day. The dietary protein suppresses appetite and regulates between meals. So, people who have a protein-rich breakfast tend to eat lower calories during the day when compared to people who eat a high-carbohydrate breakfast. So, having a healthy breakfast is very important. If you don’t feel hungry, try to eat something light such as a piece of fruit.
    9. You are at a risk of heart disease: People who skip breakfast are at a higher risk of heart disease when compared to those who have breakfast. When we miss our meals, we are at a higher risk of having hypertension. This may lead to clogging of the arteries and increases the risk of developing chronic cardiovascular health conditions, including stroke. To curb the risk of heart attacks, one should definitely indulge in a healthy breakfast.

    Dr. Rahul Agrawal

    • MD (General Medicine)
    • Sr. Consultant General Physician and Diabetologist
    • 16 Years of Experience
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    •   Hitech city, Madhapur


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