The Breakfast/Weight-Loss Connection

Eating breakfast shows up consistently among the habits of people who have lost weight and maintained their loss.

In a study of members of the National Weight Control Registry—a group whose members have all lost at least 30 pounds and maintained the loss at least a year—78%  say they eat breakfast daily, and almost 90% say they do “most” days. Only 4% say they never eat breakfast—substantially less than the national average of 25%  of adults who say they skip breakfast.

While it may seem that skipping breakfast would make weight control easier, studies suggest eating breakfast may help reduce calorie intake later in the day. People who skip or eat an inadequate breakfast may find midmorning to be a time they’re likely to eat high-calorie foods. They may also get extremely hungry at lunch and overeat. Studies of binge eating consistently link it with a pattern of eating little in the morning and large amounts near the end of the day.

If you aren’t hungry in the morning, you may want to try eating less at night. Many people who do this begin waking up hungry. For others, a piece of fruit to start the day and a healthful early-morning snack may serve as a helpful transition to developing healthful breakfast habits.

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  • flax seed  January 22, 2008 at 10:47 am

    Right! skipping breakfast or skipping meals in general as a method of weight loss is not a sustainable option for this could only slow down metabolism. If you are leading a sedentary lifestyle, then that would only compound your woes. Doctor’s usually prescribe eating frequent smaller meals than binging it all at lunch or dinner. Supplementation also helps with weight loss. Omega 3 enriched food such as flax seed helps regulate metabolism, BS and BP. Moreover, the husk of its kernels are packed with dietary fibers that will surely help in weight loss.

  • Acai alive berry  March 22, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    I think its better to eat complete diet except too much fats or intake of beverages…there are many of them who think that eating should not be done to much extent so that they would control their weight..but unfortunately they will increase their weight and decrease the strength of their immune system

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