Your energy will dip
Flamingo Images/Shutterstock Another reason skipping breakfast is linked to weight gain is that you have less energy for working out. If you’re feeling sluggish, you’re not going to want to hit the gym—and if you do, you may poop out in the middle of your session. Plus, once you finish a morning workout you’ll need to eat to refuel—so to get through the morning with a workout and no breakfast will leave you extra drained. According to information from the University of Wisconsin, breakfast should give you 25 percent of your daily energy, including high fiber and protein for fuel. If you don’t have time to cook eggs or make oatmeal, have a quick protein shake. Try some of these high-protein breakfast ideas.
Your breath stinks
Cookie Studio/Shutterstock Wait, how can not eating foods that could potentially give you bad breath still leave you with bad breath? U.S. News and World Report explains that eating breakfast stimulates saliva production and helps scrub your tongue of bacteria, which can make your morning breath more tolerable. Skipping breakfast ensures that stinky bacteria continue to thrive in your mouth. Dr. Mervyn Druian of the London Centre for Cosmetic Dentistry told DailyMail.com that the best fresh fruit and a glass of water is the most effective breakfast for washing away that bacteria.
Your cortisol levels may increase
Cookie Studio/Shutterstock A 2014 study done by researchers at the University of California, Davis, showed that women who skipped breakfast had higher cortisol levels during various tests throughout the day than women who are breakfast, and the “skippers” also had higher blood pressure readings. What’s more, women in both groups reported feeling similar amounts of chronic stress, regardless of their actual cortisol levels. Researchers believe that the combination of skipping breakfast and experiencing chronic stress could increase one’s risk for cardiometabolic syndrome. Just make sure you avoid the 15 breakfast foods everyone should stop eating.