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Do You Really Need Breakfast?

By Genevieve Cunningham

Breakfast has long been marketed as the healthiest meal of the day. We've been told that it starts our day off with good health and more energy. But recently, there's been a different kind of movement. The "no breakfast" movement! Proponents of skipping breakfast (often a part of the intermittent fasting group) claim that breakfast is unnecessary. So what's the truth? Should we be eating breakfast? Or is it OK to skip? If you're trying to manage your breakfast, take a look at what you need to know to make an informed decision.

Pros of Breakfast

Breakfast can still be a good idea. For some, they need the rush of sugar and calories. This helps wake them up and get them moving. It also starts your metabolism, which can be beneficial for anyone trying to lose weight. And of course, breakfast can also be satisfying. If you eat with your partner or family or a friend, then this can start the day off right mentally. If breakfast makes you feel good, there's not really a reason that you have to stop.

Cons of Breakfast

If you're not much of a breakfast person, you're probably interested in all of the reasons why it's OK to skip. First, many people eat a breakfast filled with junk. If this is you, it might be better to avoid it altogether than to pump your body full of junk. Some people also think that allowing the body to fast in the morning leads to weight loss. And in all fairness, there is ample research to support this idea. As long as you don't feel shaky or exhausted in the morning, it might be OK to skip the meal and go for a brunch or early lunch instead. 

Do You Have To Eat It?

So what's the final verdict? For the most part, you should do what works for your body. If you eat breakfast and it doesn't have any ill side effects, go ahead and continue. If you don't prefer breakfast and your body functions well and it's OK with your doctor, go ahead and stop. There are benefits for both eating it and skipping it, and there are disadvantages too. Listen to your body, do what works for you individually, and don't worry over fads. Breakfast or not, good health is the goal, so make that your intention today.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Arlington, Tex.

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