Diet News: Should You Skip Breakfast After All?


BreakfastFinally a break from the breakfast love! While it's long been touted as the most important meal of the day, a new study says you may want to put the brakes on your morning meal if you're looking to lose weight.

At last, some justification for those of us who are chronic skippers of the meal said to jump start your day, boost your metabolism, and provide world peace.

Okay, if it would provide world peace, I'd eat it, but I get so tired of hearing how great this meal is when I'm not even hungry in the morning. I need coffee, and I'm good. I'm not a morning person (at all!), and I'd so much rather save the breakfast calories for a meal when I'm fully awake, thank you. Elizabeth Hurley is with me on this one too.

The study, published in the Nutrition Journal, followed a group of people for two weeks and observed what they ate. They found that what people ate for breakfast had no effect on what they ate for lunch and dinner -- blowing away the theory that if you skip breakfast, you'll binge later. Plus, they found that people who did eat breakfast ate about 400 more calories a day.

Of course, that doesn't mean breakfast is bad, it just means you shouldn't eat endlessly in the morning thinking you're doing it in the name of your diet. You need to balance out all of your calories and nutrients throughout the day, so if your morning meal is massive, you need to scale back at lunch and dinner ... or that scale may be going in the opposite direction you want it to.

Do you eat breakfast?


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PonyC... PonyChaser

I find, if I eat first thing when I get up, I'm actually hungrier than if I wait an hour or two until my body actually says, "hey, I'm hungry, how 'bout some food down here?"

lkm091 lkm091

I can see if you have bacon, eggs, toast, and homefries everyday in the AM, but I have a packet of 110 calorie oatmeal.  Although, I will agree with PonyChaser, but then again, I'm always hungry...

ArmyGal ArmyGal

Eating 5-6 times a day helps me stay fit and lose weight. That includes eating in the morning. Since learning how to eat properly and what to eat. I don't feel like I'm hungry all the time.

DebaLa DebaLa

Nah, I'm with the others here. More and smaller meals, starting with breakfast. Nothing heavy, just something with protein to start the day and fire up my metabolism. I gain more weight when I skip meals.

Anjie Orlowski

Hurray for this! I almost never eat breakfast. My morning meal also consists only of coffee.


I have actually experimented with this over the past two months. I noticed I have lost more weight since cutting out breakfast. So this is true for me! Doesn't mean it'll work for others, but it's still worth a try, right? ;D

Stefa... Stefanie83

unless you are reading something i'm not, it doesn't actually say skipping breakfast altoghether, it says skipping the BIG breakfast, and at the end it still says breakfast is  best, as long as it's not a huge meal.

vanes... vanessa5470

Justifying a crappy behavior. People need breakfast (a healthy balanced one).

You go hours without eating and your body needs that metabolic jumpstart. Just because ONE study found some contradicting data doesn't mean that you should nix your most important meal of the day.

I myself used to skip breakfast and had a battle royal come 9, 10 c'clock trying to hold back my voracious appetite. I recently started eating an egg, some whole grain toast, or banana and it's crazy how my weight started going down because I was able to control my appetite.


tazdvl tazdvl

I'm not hungry when I wake up so I wait until 10 and have something light. If we have a big breakfast I eat a small lunch.

frysh... fryshannon34

I never eat breakfast

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