31 Jan Is Skipping Breakfast Bad For You?
Goal of Breakfast
One goal of having breakfast is to provide energy, at the start of the day, without depending on false energy from caffeine and sugar.
It is true that skipping breakfast causes people to be hungrier and eat more at lunch. However, it really depends on how much you eat at lunch if the calories consumed overcompensate for the breakfast that was skipped.
Many studies show that breakfast eaters tend to be healthier. For example, they are less likely to be overweight/obese, and have a lower risk of several chronic diseases.
Some little-known facts
- People who skip breakfast is associated with a higher BMI and increased obesity risk
- Breakfast eaters had a greater reduction in impulsive snacking and ate less at later meals
- People at Normal weight (within normal BMI range) and people maintaining weight loss tend to eat breakfast regularly and generally consume a breakfast consisting of high fiber and moderate protein.
What I have Noticed
When I work with clients that tend to skip breakfast or just have a cup of coffee, consistently report they graze and snack during the morning hours. This generally leads to not eating a balanced lunch due to feeling full from snacking. Then, it all comes to head around 3 to 4 pm and the “craving intensive” is at 200%.
This is when a co-worker brings donuts in the break room or some tempting ‘less healthy’ is present. All bets are off. The domino effects continues because most people are so hungry by the time they get off work, they hit either the drive-thru or a restaurant because they can’t make it home. Also 9/10, no food is prepared, hence another reason for the pit stop to get something to eat.
Including a balanced breakfast overall is good nutrition practice to set you up for success for the entire day!