LATELY, THE morning meal has become complicated— and controversial. Chances are some of your friends swear by Bulletproof coffee, while others wouldn’t set foot out of the house without a full protein-packed meal, and still others grab a muffin on the go. What’s really best for starting the day with an energized body and brain? Read on for the rules experts say will both boost your health and keep your taste buds happy.
Don’t Skip It
First things first: “Breakfast is absolutely the most important meal of the day,” says Mark Hyman, MD, director at the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine and Health Advisory Board member. After all, you are literally breaking your overnight fast. “Don’t you put gas in your car before you start it?” asks Sandra Arevalo, RD, a spokesperson for both the American Association of Diabetes Educators and Academy of Nutrition Dietetics. “Well, the same needs to apply to our bodies. We need to fuel them before we put them to work on our daily tasks— breakfast helps with energy.”
Beyond that, a morning meal habit has been tied to weight loss and health. “Studies have shown that eating a real breakfast can decrease hunger and cravings, improve cognition, and reduce your risk for obesity and metabolic syndrome,” says Dr. Hyman.
Listen to Your Body
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