We have all thought of a million strategies to help us maintain a healthy diet, yet we still don't always make the smartest decisions. It's easy to assume that cutting out a meal during the day will help you reach your goals, but that is not the case. Breakfast tends to be the meal that people cut out most, but it happens to be the most important meal of the day. Some of us think that not eating breakfast means less calories for the day, but it turns out that not eating breakfast at the proper time, or at all, is a huge contributor to weight gain and other health problems.

Not eating breakfast increases your chances of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some forms of cancer, and even bone loss. When it comes to maintaining a healthy weight, not eating breakfast can put us at a huge disadvantage. Aside from not getting the proper energy to start your day, you'll be less likely to engage in physical activity later on. Skipping breakfast also increases your chances of over eating and consuming unhealthy foods later in the day.

At the start of our day, we need as much energy as possible in order to perform to our fullest potential. If you're not a morning person and have a hard time consuming food within an hour of waking up, here are a few ideas for a lighter breakfast that will still give you the nutrients you need:

  • Scrambled eggs, a piece of whole grain toast, and a cup of fruit

  • Oatmeal with skim milk, raisins, and nuts

  • Hardboiled egg and a banana


If you're concerned about the cholesterol in eggs be sure to limit how often you eat them for breakfast. However, according to the American Heart Association, a person with healthy eating patterns can consume an egg a day. Eggs are a great source of protein and can keep you feeling full until your next meal.

After a full night's sleep, our bodies have been deprived of nutrients for a significant amount of time. To begin a focused and productive day, we need to not only eat a proper meal, but do so at the right time. Starting your day with a balanced meal will carry over into your eating habits for the remainder of the day, and you will continue to feel full and focused!