Breakfast is the most important meal of the day - and the meal most often skipped.

People skip breakfast for a wide range of reasons, including not feeling hungry; lack of time; and a dislike of "breakfast foods''.

A breakfast high in whole grains and fruit offers vital opportunities for the body to access important nutrients such as B vitamins, iron, carbohydrates, and fibre. Including a low fat dairy product will also boost protein levels and provide calcium - especially vital in preventing osteoporosis later in life.

Many people mistakenly think that skipping breakfast will help them lose weight. Not true. Research is now showing that eating breakfast is an important habit for successful long term weight loss.

Eating breakfast can reduce hunger later in the day, limiting opportunities for overeating and making poor snack choices.

Breakfast helps to kick start the metabolism and keeps it ticking over throughout the day. If you are used to not eating breakfast, you may not feel hungry at breakfast time. By introducing the habit of eating breakfast, your body will soon come to rely on being fed at that time and you will wake up wanting to eat. It just takes a little time to re-programme your body.

If you are a habitual breakfast skipper, it is worth reconsidering. Eating breakfast will enhance your ability to control your weight. It is a good habit to get into early in life and breakfast is even more important for children, setting them up for a day full of activity and learning. So, set a good example - eat breakfast and feel better for it.

If you are not a morning person a good breakfast may be just what you need to help you face the day!

Practical Nutrition and Diet Advice

Food Solutions is owned by Fiona Boyle, a NZ Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist in Tauranga, with over 20 years experience in hospital and private practice settings.

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