Does Skipping Breakfast Hurt Weight Loss?
Your parents probably drilled it into your head that “breakfast is the most important meal!” The timing of meals and the food choices you make can affect your entire body, including weight loss. However, does skipping breakfast really hurt your weight loss efforts?
If you look at research, it doesn’t show that eating breakfast makes you lose weight. On the other hand, it doesn’t show that eating breakfast will make you gain weight either. However, what you eat for breakfast if you eat the meal does have a big impact on your weight loss efforts and your overall health.
Protein is a Proven Benefit
Many people grab for donuts and coffee on the way out the door in the morning. While you can enjoy some quick energy from this breakfast, you’ll probably be left feeling hungry and sluggish before lunchtime rolls around. However, studies have shown that when individuals with Type 2 diabetes choose a breakfast that had at least 35% protein, they had a lower number of blood sugar spikes than individuals who ate high amounts of carbs for breakfast.
Why is protein such an important part of a good breakfast? Protein stimulates the production of hormones that make you feel full, and it also inhibits hormones that make you feel hungry. For this reason, it’s best to choose protein and avoid going with sugary pastries or cereals when you eat breakfast.
Eating Breakfast May Help You Weigh Less
Even though studies don’t directly show that skipping breakfast will make you gain weight, studies do show that eating breakfast may help you weigh less. Studies have found that people who say they eat breakfast each day usually weigh less than individuals who skip breakfast. Eating a healthy breakfast can help you avoid blood sugar highs and lows and can even help curb mindless snacking and bingeing later in the day.
Learn more about when you should eat and how to make healthy food choices by contacting the Metabolic Research Center for your free consultation. Every person is different, so we’ll personalize a menu and weight loss program to meet your unique needs.
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