7 June 2019
You have probably heard the saying ‘Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.’ But nowadays, it is also common to also hear of people skipping breakfast to lose weight. Therefore, if you’re trying to lose weight and focus on your own health, you might be wondering which is the right path. So let’s explore these two questions: Does not eating breakfast make you lose weight? Or is it bad to skip breakfast to lose weight?
It is important to first address the fact that everyone is different. What works for some, may not work for others. Each person makes their own food choices, eats according to their own fluctuating schedule, and has a unique caloric intake every day.
Eating breakfast can in fact help to lose weight. This is largely attributed to the fact that eating a healthy, well-rounded breakfast makes you feel full and (hopefully) satisfied, while giving you the proper fuel and energy for the start of your day. For many people, skipping breakfast or not having a balanced breakfast means being more inclined to snack on unhealthy foods mid-morning because of not being satisfied and the feeling they ‘cannot make it through the morning’. This unhealthy snacking certainly does not help with weight.
However, it is important to know those carb-only breakfasts, such as the classic cereal breakfast or toast, are not sustaining. Carbs turn into sugar in your body, and you will burn through these heavy carb breakfasts, be left hungry soon after eating, and perhaps even face the consequence of blood sugar issues as a result. This could do the opposite of what a breakfast should be for you, leaving you fatigued and unstable energy-wise rather than fueled and nourished.
So, it is important to eat a healthy and well-rounded breakfast. For many, it is helpful to focus on eating a breakfast that is properly balanced with protein, carbohydrates and fats. One example of a well-rounded breakfast is the popular avocado toast (on whole grain bread) with eggs. The toast serves as your carb, the avocado as your fat, and the eggs as your protein. Another example is a green smoothie, with vegetables such as cucumber and spinach, avocado, and pea-protein powder.
Remember that it is important to stay in tune with your body. Depending on your lifestyle, a lighter well-rounded breakfast may fuel you better than a larger healthy breakfast.
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