Many of us were brought up to believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A parental reminder generally came before a bowl of sugary cereal, some burnt toast and a glass of orange juice!
So, is breakfast the most important meal of the day? And what happens to those who skip it??
A recent study of 38 lean individuals over 6 weeks found no benefits to metabolism or body fat / composition when eating breakfast every day. So it definitely doesn’t seem to be essential for those with weight loss goals.
But what are the negative effects of skipping breakfast? They are often focused around the impact on mood (#hangry) or heart health, but studies have shown that this can be linked to breakfast consumption being an indicator of general, behaviour-related health. Researchers found that those who skipped altogether ‘were – among other traits – more likely to be obese, have high blood pressure, frequently consume alcohol, smoke, and eat high levels of red meat’.
Personally, I like to skip breakfast and save the calories for a bigger lunch and dinner later in the day. You might find food cravings easier to manage early in the morning and I find a generally lower appetite as a result of eating my first meal later in the day.
It’s also worth noting that a lot of traditional breakfast foods can be extremely high in sugar / carbs – think cereals, granola, croissants etc – and this will be a major consideration for any muscle gain / weight loss goals you have. Your diet should always be focused on total calories consumed against what is required and how you choose to use these throughout the day has little impact where it counts.
Do you skip breakfast? And what do you consider to be the most important meal of the day??
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