When you’re trying to lose weight, avoiding breakfast may be tempting. You figure that you’re saving yourself some calories and you get a couple extra minutes to snooze. But research has consistently shown that the people who successfully lose weight are the ones who wake up and eat! Furthermore, people who eat breakfast regularly have better vitamin and mineral status and eat fewer calories from fat. So it seems that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.
Studies show that in both adults and children, breakfast eaters tend to weigh less than breakfast skippers. One theory suggests that eating a nutritious breakfast can reduce hunger throughout the day. While it might seem as though you could save calories by skipping breakfast, this is not an effective strategy. Naturally, hunger gets the best of people who skip breakfast, and they eat more at lunch and throughout the day.
It should be kept in mind that most studies linking breakfast to weight control looked at a healthy breakfast containing protein and/or whole grains—not meals loaded with fat and calories. Eating breakfast also gives you energy to do more physical activity and more productivity in everything you do, which is also vital to weight control. So make the effort to get up in the morning and fix yourself a healthy meal.