The first meal of the day can have a very different meaning for different people. For some, it’s grabbing agranola bar to nibble on during the morning commute; for others, it includes a big omelet with a cup of coffee at home.
Then there are the millions who forego grub in the a.m. altogether.
But how do these morning behaviors really affect weight loss, energy levels and appetite throughout the day? In order to help you crack the breakfast code, we tracked down the latest research, in addition to insights from Katherine Zeratsky, a nutrition instructor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Before you do — or don’t — dig in, here’s a reality check on the biggest breakfast myths:
Myth 1: Breakfast is essential for weight loss.
Reality: Munching in the morning doesn’t have a direct effect on dropping pounds.
A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that when people are trying to lose weight, it doesn’t matter if they devour a dish first thing after waking up or if they skip it altogether.
The researchers assigned more than 300 overweight and obese (but otherwise healthy) individuals, ages 20 to 65, to either the control group (that continued with eating habits per usual), a group that was told to eat breakfast or a group that was instructed to miss the meal. After tracking their weight for 16 weeks, the scientists found that those who grabbed a bite in the morning didn’t lose any more weight than those who omitted a.m. snacks.
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