Skipping breakfast can have these side effects on your body

Skipping breakfast is something we’ve all done occasionally but did you know skipping the first meal of the day can have side effects on your body.

Everyone’s skipped breakfast occasionally whether because you’re running late for something, you don’t feel hungry or simply because you haven’t been grocery shopping. Breakfast is often considered the most important meal of the day and is usually the one meal that is recommended you shouldn’t skip.

Skipping breakfast can slow down your metabolism

According to a study published in The Journal of Nutrition, eating increases your metabolism, that’s why if you haven’t eaten for hours you don’t necessarily feel very hungry, but as soon as you have something small to eat you feel famished.

The study also found that eating a large breakfast can help prevent weight gain. Moreover, the earlier you have your breakfast, the more effective it’ll be as our body is more efficient at secreting insulin and digesting food early in the day after a well-rested night.

So if you delay when you first eat in the day, you are delaying your body’s healthy processes and reducing its efficiency to digest meals.

Skipping breakfast can have these side effects on your body Nati Melnychuk / Unsplash

If you skip breakfast, you will weaken your immune system

The state of our immune system is often the same as the state of our body. If you have a strong and energised body, your immune system will also be strong and energised. A good breakfast can help build a strong and healthy immune system.

Tehzeeb Lalani, a nutritionist with Scale Beyond Scale explained:

Periods of fasting appear to trigger damage to the cells and the body needs to be fed food regularly in order to maintain healthy levels of immune cells that fight infections and improve the action of fighter cells (T-cells) in the body

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