BREAKFAST is quite literally the meal meant to “break the fast” from all the hours you spend sleeping, and skipping it is known to cause a slew of bad chain reactions throughout the body. And yet, 31 million Americans (28% of whom are men ages 18-34) don’t eat a morning meal, according to a study conducted.
Your blood sugar drops
Eating breakfast helps restore glycogen and stabilizes levels of insulin. If you don’t replenish your glucose stores in the morning, it’ll leave you feeling overly hungry, cranky, and fatigued. (Yes, being “hangry” is a real health problem.) “These low blood-sugar symptoms are the first thing you’re likely to experience from fasting all-night long.
Your stress hormones skyrocket
Breakfast has a positive effect on cortisol, one of the primary “stress hormones” produced by the adrenal glands. Cortisol has many functions including helping the body use sugar (glucose) and fat for energy and managing stress. “Normally, cortisol levels are highest about 7 a.m., so this is when it’s important to eat something to bring them back down.
your heart takes a hit
Regularly skipping breakfast can make you more susceptible to weight gain and increase your risk for heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. In fact, a 16-year long study of nearly 27,000 men aged 45-82 years old found that those who skipped breakfast every day were 27% more likely to experience a heart attack or die as the result of coronary heart disease.