Well, according to this study released by Virginia Commonwealth University, breakfast is the most important meal of the day for weight loss. In fact, they showed that those who consumed a larger breakfast (half their daily intake of calories) lost 5 times as much weight as those who skipped it entirely. That’s a lot of extra pound loss!
Onto the second myth or reality question. There are actually a few new studies out there that show the claim that breakfast jump-starts your metabolism, might be a little off-base. So, then why do people lose more weight if they eat a larger breakfast then those that don’t if it doesn’t increase there metabolism?
The answer is pretty simple, it is all about appetite control. Those that eat breakfast satiety and cravings are controlled. Add in additional protein to the meal and the results just get better as this study released by the University of Kansas Medical Center confirms. UKMC showed that protein-rich breakfasts supported increased physical activity and thinking as well.
So what’s the first and probably most important thing to remember about breakfast?
Eat breakfast even if it isn’t right when you get up in the morning. Breakfast is defined as the first meal of the day. In that aspect, you can’t really ‘skip’ breakfast so much as delay when it happens.
For many of us, work and school greatly dictate our eating schedules, but if you want to maximize your weight loss, you might have to finagle time for breakfast. If you are too busy to eat early in morning eat breakfast during your first break at work or school (for me it’s usually an hour or two after I get to work if I didn’t eat when I first woke up).
You’ll feel more energy, perform better, and lose weight easier. Seems like a lot of benefit for the hassle of making breakfast the best meal of the day regardless of when you get around to it.