Health

It’s Time to Rethink Breakfast

For years, the common wisdom amongst dieters and fitness enthusiasts has held that skipping breakfast is bad for you. It is extremely common to read this myth in fitness magazines or hear it on daytime television, and even dieticians tell their clients that eating a hearty breakfast is important if they want to lose weight. Skipping the “most important meal of the day”, according to this persistent pop cultural belief, leads to obesity and unhealthy eating habits, especially because those who do not eat breakfast may binge on unhealthy food later in the day. However, if you are not hungry in the morning you need not necessarily worry: according to recent scientific research,  skipping breakfast may not necessarily lead to weight gain or other negative health effects. The recent research is more scientifically rigorous than previous investigations around breakfast consumption and obesity.

 

Eating breakfast does not boost your metabolism or reduce the chance of overeating later in the day, yet it is still an important meal, especially if you are looking to work out later in the day — although eating breakfast does not necessarily make it harder to lose weight, one of the conclusions of the new studies is that eating breakfast affects activity levels later in the day. This may be the reason for the erroneous belief about breakfast: more active people are more likely to lose weight, so there is a tenuous connection.