Skipping breakfast has become very normalized in today’s world due to just being busy for it, or simply just not wanting to eat a meal so early on in the day. Sometimes people skip breakfast because they think they can lose weight easily that way. Researchers claim that people who eat breakfast are less likely to overeat the rest of the day, and that there actually is no difference in weight between people who eat breakfast and people who skip breakfast. In fact, people who eat breakfast tend to have lower risks of developing heart diseases and higher cholesterol. Still, there is not enough research to prove that people who don’t have a habit of eating breakfast should actually start.
Other research has also suggested that not eating for a certain period of time (e.g., having dinner at an earlier time) could actually help people lose weight efficiently. Researchers from the University of Hohenheim in Germany conducted an experiment on 17 healthy adults on three different days. On the first day they skipped breakfast, the next day they skipped dinner, and the third day they ate three regular meals. At the end of the experiment they found that on the day they skipped dinner, they actually burned the most calories compared to the other two days. So if you skip breakfast to lose weight, you might want to consider skipping dinner instead. They also found that on the day they skipped breakfast, they oxidized more fat, meaning their body broke down their stored fat.
Although this may sound like a good thing, this actually leads to the body’s inability to switch between burning fats and carbohydrates. Skipping breakfast can essentially even cause the body to slowly become metabolically impaired which can raise the risk of diabetes and obesity. It is also known that our body has better sugar control and metabolism rates earlier in the day, so eat more food earlier in the day! Therefore, breakfast is actually a really important meal which is not worth skipping, especially if you are trying to lose weight.