There has been a very strong belief that those who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight and it’s also been suggested that people who eat breakfast tend to eat less later in the day.
It’s resulted in the idea that eating breakfast will help prevent weight gain and is important for those trying to lose weight. However, a recent study has found the opposite might be true.
Here’s what you need to know about whether breakfast helps or harms weight loss.
EATING BREAKFAST DOESN’T MEAN YOU’LL LOSE WEIGHT …
Recent research’s examined the connection and found no association between eating breakfast and weight maintenance for women; men who ate breakfast were slightly better able to keep their weight down.
… BUT IT COULD HAVE OTHER BENEFITS
Some research has found eating breakfast may be important for helping to decrease risk of Type 2 diabetes. Eating breakfast may also help enhance performance for tasks requiring attention, memory and executive function, according to another study.
It’s also worth noting a few studies have found those who consume the highest percentage of their daily calories at breakfast had lower BMIs than those who filled up at lunch or dinner.
SKIPPING BREAKFAST DOESN’T MEAN YOU’LL LOSE WEIGHT … EITHER
Yes there have been lot of discussions going on about Intermittent Fasting, which general includes fasting for 16 hours and most people skip breakfast to achieve the same. But it depends on what works for your body and it’s not advisable to follow a Diet fad just because someone said so.
Breakfast is just another time we take in calories. In order to prevent weight gain we have to watch our overall calorie intake and match it to our calorie needs. What’s more, the decision to eat (or skip) breakfast is an individual one: If you’re hungry first thing in the morning, eat; if your stomach doesn’t start rumbling until a few hours after you wake up, skipping breakfast is OK.
If you eat breakfast, make smart choices. Skip sugary processed foods and pick protein-rich options that fill you up and provide important nutrients. Greek yogurt topped with nuts and berries or a breakfast sandwich made with eggs and vegetables — both meals offer a combination of protein, mono- and polyunsaturated fats and fiber.