Unsurprising: Yet another study has confirmed that breakfast is good for you!
Researchers found that individuals who eat breakfast regularly tend to gain less weight over time than those who skip it. Breakfast eaters, on average, gained less than 3lbs during the twelve-year study, while breakfast skippers gained an average of 8lbs or more. This adds to the large body of research that breakfast eaters tend to have lower body weights than those that skip.
If you currently skip but want to experience some of the benefits of eating breakfast here are some tips to get started:
Here are a few ideas for meals to get you started:
Grab and Go (1 minute or less):
Everyday (5-10 minutes)
Lazy weekend morning (10-20 minutes):
Out and About
The reality is, we still don’t know WHY breakfast eaters tend to have healthier body weights than those who skip. Research shows that people who eat breakfast tend to eat more whole grains, fruit and vegetables the rest of the day and may be more likely to exercise, which could also explain their healthier weight status. People who skip breakfast are more likely to eat large portions later in the day, so these are factors that could impact body weight as well.
From a metabolism standpoint, most people’s metabolism is fastest in the morning, and tends to slow as the day goes on, so it makes sense to frontload calories towards the morning.
All of this said, if eating breakfast isn’t doable for you, try focusing on the overall quality of your diet, have a larger lunch than dinner, and aim to eat every 3-4 hours to avoid getting too hungry between meals.