While conventional wisdom suggests you eat breakfast daily no matter what you don’t necessarily need a morning meal to avoid gaining weight. The bottom line for avoiding weight gain is to make healthy food choices, control your calorie intake and choose a meal schedule that works well for you.
The idea that eating breakfast promotes weight loss or that skipping breakfast leads to weight gain, finds a review published in the BMJ here on Thursday.
While these studies show that people who skip breakfast had a higher risk of obesity, that doesn’t necessarily mean skipping breakfast is the reason they gained weight. It could be that people who skip breakfast tend to have other lifestyle habits that cause obesity for example, hitting the drive-through or eating packaged convenience foods.
Previous studies have suggested that eating breakfast may help with weight loss because of the efficient burning of calories early in the day preventing overeating later on, reviewers found no significant difference in metabolic rates between breakfast eaters and skippers.
Study authors argue that ‘currently, the available evidence does not support modifying diets in adults to include the consumption of breakfast as a good strategy to lose weight.”
“Although eating breakfast regularly could have other important effects, caution is needed when recommending breakfast for weight loss in adults, as it may have the opposite effect,” they conclude.
Whether you choose to eat breakfast or skip it, keep track of your calorie intake. Eating as many calories as you burn each day and no more will prevent weight gain.