Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You’ve probably heard this common health mantra espoused by everyone from your personal trainer to a talking head on television – But why the secret to why breakfast is important lies right in its name: break the fast.

But what does that really mean? That doesn’t really tell you why breakfast is so important. Let’s cut through the BS and the hype of so many opinions and touch on the real science behind breaking the fast.

Your Body Before You Eat Breakfast

Once you wake up, you haven’t eaten all night. You’re in the beginning of a mini fast. This will initially result in hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) as nearly all the sugar stores in your liver and muscles have been depleted. You’ll feel fatigued if you don’t eat, and that’s a bigger deal than you may realize.

Metabolic failure occurs as your body changes gears to slow your metabolic rate and find alternative sources of glucose. Whether you consume carbohydrates or not, you will ultimately turn protein into glucose because several bodily systems (including your brain) can only run on glucose.

Results of Not Eating Breakfast

The results of this compound if you don’t eat. Now you’re fatigued, your metabolism has slowed, and even worse, your muscle tissue is being broken down to extract the necessary amino acids that can be turned into glucose.

No one really wants to burn and lose muscle, but that is exactly what happens when we skip breakfast.

What Makes a Good Breakfast

To prevent all this, eat a healthy breakfast. A good first meal of the day would include:

  • Enough protein and fat to slow the absorption of whatever carbohydrates you consumed
  • When you do eat carbohydrates for breakfast, they should be healthy carbs filled with fiber and nutrients

A nice example of a great breakfast to start your day is:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup whole oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter
  • A low-glycemic fruit like a banana

Have a great morning routine for breakfast? Share in the comments below.