To Eat or Not To Eat … Breakfast that is

In the past, dieters may have been told to eat a large breakfast because it was believed they would then eat less throughout the day. A recent study proves this theory wrong.

The study, conducted by German researchers, was published in Bio Med Central’s Nutrition Journal. The new research suggests that in order for the “big breakfast diet” to work, one would have to cut calories the rest of the day.

380 healthy and obese adults were asked to keep a strict diet log each time they ate a meal, especially breakfast. The study showed that no matter what people ate (or didn’t eat) for breakfast, everyone consumed the same amount for lunch and dinner.

The new finding has led to new advice: either eat a small breakfast, or simply skip it. In an article by the NYTimes, Dr. Volker Schusdziarra, a professor of internal medicine at the Techinical University of Munich said: “Whenever someone comes to me for dietary advice and says, ‘I never eat breakfast,’ I say, ‘Keep doing what you’re doing.’”

Yet, there is a substantial argument for eating breakfast every morning. Studies show that eating breakfast provides energy that can increase concentration levels. Eating a morning meal can also help prevent unwanted sugary cravings throughout the day when we start to feel sluggish and need an energy boost.

From my own experience and from what I have read, I really don’t see how skipping breakfast could be beneficial at all. I think you just have to do it right. For instance, eat fruit or yogurt and drink either milk or orange juice in the morning instead of bacon, eggs, toast, or pancakes. It’s okay to eat an egg a couple times a week for protein, but never every day. Eggs are high in cholesterol and, bacon and sausage speak for themselves with all of their fat calories. Pancakes and biscuits and gravy don’t count as a healthy breakfast either, too many carbs. Carbohydrates can be difficult to cut out, you have to be on alert. Even some healthy breakfast cereals like granola and cheerios are loaded with carbs. Instead, use breakfast as a chance to include your fruit servings into your daily five servings of fruits and vegetables.

Keep in mind that if you don’t eat a healthy breakfast in the morning, you’ll be more inclined to grab a sugary energy drink, or a dehydrating cup of coffee and a donut later. Instead, try eating a small breakfast loaded with nutrients like a fruit dish and a glass of orange juice. Then, eat a small healthy snack throughout the morning until lunch. Eat a small, but filling lunch such as a large salad (vegetable serving!), another healthy snack between lunch and dinner, and finally enjoy a big, healthy dinner at least three hours before bed.

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About tonicekada

I am a junior print journalism major at West Virginia University. I have two minors in Italian and fitness.
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2 Responses to To Eat or Not To Eat … Breakfast that is

  1. I have noticed a difference between eating breakfast and skipping it. If I skip breakfast, I tend to not only eat more during the day, but eat junky stuff and eat later at night. If I eat breakfast, it really cuts back on midnight cravings and I eat less during the day. I usually make it a point to eat something for breakfast every day to help with the junk food and late night cravings.

    Another great post!

  2. I actually find that I eat less during the entire day if I either skip breakfast or just have a little tea or fruit.

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