Guess What? Eating Breakfast Actually Doesn’t Lead to Weight Loss
Maybe not the most important meal
When it comes to our health and diet, it’s almost impossible to keep straight what we should and shouldn’t be eating. (Seriously, full-fat dairy, get your story straight.) But there is one universally accepted truth: that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Not so fast, says a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It turns out that an early morning meal might not be as necessary as we’ve been made to think, especially when it comes to maintaining our weight.
In the study, one group of adults was told to eat breakfast every day, while another was told to abstain. After six weeks, researchers found that there “were no differences between groups in weight change and most health outcomes.”
While people who eat breakfast might be healthier overall, that’s mostly due to their overarching lifestyle choices, but it’s not specifically linked to their consumption of a meal first thing in the morning. Essentially, you can choose to eat or not to eat--whatever your body prefers.
So fear not, egg and oatmeal haters, your “vat of coffee only” breakfast is totally fine for your waistline.