Is It Bad to Skip Breakfast?
A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition this week is slamming the age old saying:
“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”
I, of course, was infuriated by the news. I’m the biggest proponent of eating a balanced breakfast every morning and actually credit it for making me a morning person.
However, the findings are interesting.
The study followed three groups of people for 16 weeks. One group was told to eat breakfast before 10 a.m., one was told not to eat before 11 a.m., and the third wasn’t instructed either way. The results showed that all three groups lost a similar amount of weight.
Huh? So what happened to all that talk about breakfast being vital to weight loss? Does this mean that skipping meals is OK?
In my opinion, we shouldn’t jump on this headline too quickly.
The study did not take into account what the participants ate everyday or how much they ate. So there is a huge variety of factors that could have played a role in these findings.
Perhaps the breakfast eaters slammed a McDonald’s Sausage Egg McMuffin and a stack of sugary pancakes everyday. We just don’t know!
Even the researchers themselves said that the topic needs further investigation, as this study was too short to draw final conclusions.
Regardless, eating breakfast every morning works for me.
It helps fuel my body for my workouts, encourages me to get up and get going, and keeps my stomach satisfied, so I’m not a raging monster by lunch time.
Need some healthy breakfast ideas? Here are a few of my favorites:
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