Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, or so we have been indoctrinated to believe since early childhood. It’s not just our mothers who pressed us to put some morsels in our mouths; they had the generous help of cereal manufacturers who have been pounding on the “healthy equals breakfast equals cereal” message for decades.
And, as adults, the message includes weight loss, something along the lines of: People who eat breakfast can better maintain weight or lose it. The logic is simple. If you skip breakfast you will be so hungry a few hours later that you will surely overeat.
But, maybe you or someone you know isn’t much of a breakfast person. Is the only thing your mouth meets before noon a toothbrush? If you’ve been living in shame of your unhealthy habit, here’s some news that will cheer you up:
According to a new article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the notion that breakfast can help in weight management is grounded in little scientific evidence. A great breakdown on the subject appeared recently in the New York Times.
While we’re at it, celebrity tips like “Don’t eat anything after 7pm” have no serious evidence or scientific grounding either.
So what should I do?
Mostly, just listen to your body’s rhythm and eat accordingly. For some people this means breakfast is the largest and most important meal of the day. For others, it’s a small 10am snack, light lunch, and big dinner. The options are endless. Just make sure that when you are hungry, there are healthy options easily available to you.
Are you a breakfast skipper? How has that been working out for your weight?