The top 3 reasons not to skip breakfast

Breakfast is often touted as the most important meal of the day - not without reason. Nutritionists say the first meal of the day usually supplies up to 33 percent of our daily nutrient requirements, and should be eaten within two hours of waking.

Studies have shown an adequate breakfast is believed to enhance short-term memory. Dieters take note, skipping breakfast may not help you to lose weight either.

Here's why you shouldn't skip that morning meal:

1. To maintain a trim waistline: A study has shown that people who habitually eat breakfast tend to be leaner than those who don't. Skipping breakfast can make you overcompensate throughout the day by eating more high-calorie foods. Your body's metabolism is also usually the highest between 10am and 3pm, which means you can burn off calories faster during these hours - more reason to make breakfast your heaviest meal of the day.

2. Eating breakfast can make you smarter. Research has shown that people who regularly ate breakfast also had better concentration levels, improved moods and lower stress levels.

3. It keeps your energy levels up for the day: If you had nothing to eat since your dinner at 8pm the night before, you would have effectively fasted for 16 hours! No wonder you feel sluggish and less likely to be able to think on your feet in the mornings.

The bottom line is, it is important to eat breakfast, even if you are not hungry.

But it is understandable that in the fast-paced world we live in, not everyone has time for breakfast. Cooking your own breakfast especially, is a luxury one can ill-afford on a weekday.

One great idea is to grab something portable to have on the go, like a packet of milk or a sandwich. McDonald's has a quick fix for those without the time nor energy to prepare breakfast.

Starting March 2, you can get a hot breakfast set for just $3, all ready to grab and go.

There are three sets to choose from - Sausage McMuffin, Egg and Cheese McMuffin, or the Sunrise Roll Chicken Ham. In fact, the English muffins and tortilla wraps are made with whole grain for added nutritional value.

All sets come with a choice of a hot coffee or tea each. What's more, each set clocks in at under 300kcal, providing sustenance without the guilt of overeating.

With all the compelling reasons to have your breakfast as well as quick and tasty options available, now there is no excuse to skip that all-important morning meal.

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