According to the Ministry of Health (SSa)it is estimated that there is a high percentage of the adult population in Mexico that does not eat breakfast or does it very late, in addition to the fact that it is estimated that 2 out of 10 children do not eat breakfast either, while adolescents eat their first meal until 10 in the morning, although they recommendable is to make breakfast an hour after waking up.
Similarly, and according to experts, the breakfast should provide between 20 and 25 percent of the total energy that we require in a day, because during the night our body works with energy reserves to complete a 8 to 10 hour cycle in which we do not receive foodhence it requires a “fuel” to start and start a new day.
On the other hand, scientific studies suggest that “breakfast is related with a increased nutrient intake throughout the day, better coverage of nutritional recommendations and better quality of the diet”, in addition to improving health status and cognitive functions.
Despite warnings from health authorities, a large population in the world resists the idea of having a breakfast complete and even consider it “overrated”. There are many arguments against breakfast, among which nausea to eat food in the morning, losing weight, rushing or lack of time, among others, stand out, but How bad is it for your body to skip breakfast?
What happens to my body if I skip breakfast?
maybe you think that skip breakfast does not have consequences for your bodybut when you do it on a regular basis it does have an impact and we are sorry to tell you, according to the experts, they are all negatives. According to scientific evidence, this is what can happen when you regularly skip breakfast:
1. You gain weight
Being in a prolonged fast, your body prepares to receive the following foods and if they do not appear, the next time something is consumed, the body stores reserves in the form of fat to avoid running out of glucose, which is our main source of energy or “fuel”.
2. You suffer glucose spikes
A study carried out by Harvard experts indicates that eating breakfast helps keep glucose levels in a good balance, because as we pointed out in the previous point, there is a drop in glucose peaks. This is also linked to a greater number of snacks throughout the day to appease hunger, weight gain and the development of type 2 diabetes in up to 21% more likely.
3. Your brain suffers various damages
According to the UNAM, when you do not eat breakfast your body releases more cholesterol and although the tissues can obtain “fuel” from stored fatty acids, the neurons of the brain cannot do so, so it suffers from hunger. After 4 hours of fasting, the body consumes the glucose required by the brain, and glucose levels drop causing tremors, sleepiness and tiredness.
4. You are in a bad mood and it damages concentration
By not eating breakfast, your brain does not receive the nutrients it requires, which is why sleep patterns are modified, there is a headache, “it increases fatigue and makes you more irritable. It also affects the ability to concentrate and solve problems effective.” Lack of breakfast has been linked to emotional, behavioral, and academic problems, as well as poor concentration.
5. You will suffer from gastritis and stomach problems
When you do prolonged fasting, experts say that you can suffer from gastritis, because the body constantly produces gastric acid (with or without food), which can irritate the stomach. In addition, there may be an affectation in the intestinal transit and affect the metabolism, in addition to the fact that the stomach acids can cause inflammation in the stomach walls.
6. You increase the risk of cardiovascular disease
When you skip the first meal of the day, you not only increase the risk of obesity, brain or stomach damage, but also cardiovascular. Scientific evidence indicates that the lack of breakfast increases the risk of suffering a heart attack and it is even considered that in men it increases the chances of suffering a heart attack by up to 27%.
7. It could harm your blood pressure
Blood pressure is also related to cardiovascular damage. According to the UNAM, the lack of breakfast can lower blood pressure and increase the drive “by eating unhealthy snacks and resorting to so-called binge eating”, in addition to causing back pain. However, other studies also point to increased blood pressure, so all these imbalances could increase the risk of high cholesterol, diabetes and damage to the heart and arteries.
8. Could Increase the Risk of Atherosclerosis
Atherosclerosis is the hardening of the arteries or narrowing of the arteries due to plaque build-up, and this condition could be increased if you skip breakfast, according to a study published by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.